This helps me to stay in a positive work mode…

and it may help you as well. These are only small things but they do make a difference when I work at home.

  1. switching off all noise
  2. communicating in a clear and friendly manner that I will not be available from…to…
  3. holding my centre with a help of my visual board right on my desk
  4. using my favourite scent in the room
  5. keeping a bit a nature right beside or close to me (my three-legged cat and self-planted lemon tree)

If you have time and want to read about each point more you can below:

  1. I used to run news channel in the background but it was very distracting a and took me away from my work. Usually not very positive space. Now I watch news only at a certain time of a day and for a limited time. Similarly with my phone. I used to check every notification no matter how unimportant and that was hugely distracting. Now I keep my phone in a corridor and not on my desk, the sound and notifications are off until late afternoon. I like to work with a soothing background music or when I do not have to be too creative with an interesting YouTube video/podcast.
  2. I noticed that it is better to tell people (including family members) that I am in my working mode and I will not be available. Usually I give them also an idea about the time period. This helps to avoid lots of misunderstandings. I always choose a friendly manner over anything else and usually the response is very good.
  3. I like to keep a very detailed and focused board rather than a generic one with a general quote. The more focused the faster brings me back to the space I want to be.
  4. I love natural scents and scents that I associate with pleasant moments.
  5. Nature is so essential to staying positive for me. I simply love it. Herbs, wildflower, grasses, trees, you name it. And of course – pets. They are absolutely awesome and I don’t really need to write about their positive effect here…

Have a lovely day dear friends and remember – keep it positive 🙂

reducing negativity while working at home

Create nice things for yourself

One thing I have learned while working at home is that it is hard to be motivated in the long run. Yes, I can get fired up for a week or two but how will I keep it going for the rest of the year right?

I try to follow all the trends and advice that comes across my home office desk but to be honest, I rarely put it to work. There is one trick though that worked for me so far – and that is creating nice visual for my vision board. I am very visual and I do really badly in note-taking. I have notes all over the place, handwritten, typed and even recorded on my mobile. Then of course, I forget that I ever made them.

This year I intend to be very organised and create a new, colourful and a very appealing roadmap. And I mean VERY. I am sifting through my ideas and putting them into colourful documents. The usual Google Planner or Excel sheet might be functional but they just don’t work for my brain. I do not know why but I don’t feel motivated to open them or to use them. I think it maybe the layouts, endless rows of lines…I don’t know.

Anyway, let me know if you are the same and what are you doing about it 🙂

Have a great 2021 dear friends!

organising small business plan, colourful and vivid for focus and motivation
Organising myself while staying motivated and focused.