3 Things Helping Me Work from Home

I miss writing in coffees shops

I’m a writer, editor, and creator — working on my own is my norm.

But, working alone at home for six months straight is NOT my norm.

I really, seriously miss working in coffee shops.

My service dog’s first public training activity? How to chill out while I write at a coffee shop, even with folks dropping crumbs and paying her way more attention than they should (BTW, she rocks at ignoring rude humans).

I’ve had to get creative in discerning what needs writing in coffee shops was meeting that simply sitting here at my desk doesn’t. Then I had to get creative in finding solutions. It’s been an adventure.

Here are my three top favorite tools for helping to recreate that coffee shop writing experience:

The Coffitivity App

I can really dig deep into focus mode if I set myself up at my desk in the morning, hot coffee at my left, this app in my earbuds.

I was super skeptical when I first heard about it, but seriously?

It helps sooo much.

There is a free and paid version. My favorite is Morning Murmur in the free app.

Give it a try today and, please, let me know if it works for you too!

My Travel Mug

Taking that wee little extra moment to fill my travel mug has made a surprisingly big mind-shift once I sit down and get to work.

I mean, I’ve got my travel mug, obviously I’m here to work, right?

It’s a pleasant surprise how big an impact using my pretty pink travel mug has made in my mornings here at home.

Wearing Shoes

Yep, something as simple as putting on a pair of shoes because I pretty much never wear shoes at home. This simple act has been powerful indeed. I’m an incredibly tactile human so I am constantly aware that I’m wearing shoes. It forces my brain to remember why I’m sitting here, fingers hovering about the keys with the morning light streaming in on my desk.

These three seemingly insignificant changes have made a big difference in my productivity here at home. So much so that I’ve decided to launch my virtual assistance offerings because, really? Working here at home allows me more time to create, edit, transcribe and write than I’ve ever had with an hour-long commute. So, yeah, that’s been surprising — and exciting!

Working at home can be strangely odd at first, do what you need to create an environment that supports your success.

Trust me, you’ll be happy you did.

Katherine Grace is a self-Love advocating, self-help and essay writing, passionate triple Scorpio… writing for and about how Life is better when you love yourself. She is the creator of the Self-Care for Autumn guide. If you’d like to support her work, you can visit her Buy Me a Taco page.

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