Happy Friday! Let’s chat about working from home, shall we? Today’s post is in partnership with LINDOR Chocolate Day and LINDOR truffles.
I work from home 95 percent of the time. I have client meetings or other meetings from time to time that break things up but I mostly plug away in my home office. Sometimes the days and hours run together in weird ways. One thing that tends to happen when you work from home is that you try to do everything all the time making it hard to accomplish anything.
I have a hard time walking past dirty dishes without doing them or throwing in laundry when I take a break. I feel like I’m going going going all day long plus never focus on any one thing. Being a mom, I’ve learned that while multi-tasking is sort of part of the job, it is not a great way to do anything. Giving everything half the attention it deserves is a recipe for failure in my book. Now, I won’t complain too much. There is definitely something nice about being able to do all of those things and not have to get out the door at the same time as the kids each day.
I also LOVE my job and feel so lucky to be a writer, the career I always wanted. But, creating structure when I work from home has become a big goal for me.
Here are five ways I have been able to create structure while working from home:
1. Write out my top 3 projects/goals the night before. I tackle these first thing, before I throw in laundry, before I take a break, before I start going down the black hole of social media to post that day’s work. This starts me off accomplishing the most important things.
2. Take a lunch break. I typically make something in our kitchen and use my lunch “break” to get dishes or laundry started.
3. Block scheduling. This is a work in progress, but I try to focus on writing blog posts for a certain period of time, photography for posts on Mondays, email for a certain period of time etc… I have a long way to go here. Right now I’m working part time Monday through Wednesday. I’ve started using Thursdays for laundry and picking up and Fridays for running errands. Ezra’s nap schedule dictates a lot of what we can accomplish, but this at least makes it easier to not try to do it all during my work days.
4. Take a break. I talked about how I create peaceful moments on the blog earlier this week with LINDOR chocolates. I think this is critical. I find myself feeling completely exhausted if I don’t take a short break to just look out the window or go for a brief walk.
5. Call it quits and mean it. When I’m done for the day, I try to truly stop working. I’ve also started to only allow for a load or two of laundry and never more otherwise, I could literally spend all day trying to clean my house.
BONUS: Eat chocolate. Just kidding. But seriously, let’s chat about chocolate.
As a Minnesota girl, I thought this was filled with fun facts. In celebration of LINDOR Chocolate Day on May 9, Lindt is creating millions of LINDOR melt moments across the country for people to experience the irresistibly smooth melting LINDOR truffle. For those at home, Lindt is giving away one million downloadable coupons online for any 5.1 oz. bag of LINDOR truffles at LindtUSA.com/LINDOR.
Lindt is hosting LINDOR Chocolate Day celebrations in three cities on May 9 – New York, Minneapolis and San Francisco – that will offer chocolate lovers an irresistible LINDOR melt experience, including:
- Complimentary LINDOR Milk Chocolate truffles
- A chance to experience their LINDOR melt moment via virtual reality at the New York, Minneapolis and San Francisco events where users can be transported and escape to a relaxing location as they enjoy their LINDOR Milk Chocolate truffle
- New York: Times Square, 12 – 8 p.m.
- Minneapolis: Mall of America, 12 – 8 p.m.
- San Francisco: Marina Green Triangle, 12 – 6 p.m.
I truly believe that m0st things should be enjoyed in moderation and love the idea of one smooth LINDOR truffle each day.
Experience the LINDOR Melt Moment
LINDOR truffles offer a unique chocolate experience with a delicate chocolate shell that envelops an irresistibly smooth melting center. They are the perfect gift to make every mom melt this Mother’s Day, and everyone can experience their very own LINDOR melt moment any day of the week. Upon breaking the shell of a LINDOR truffle, the smooth melting filling inside begins to melt, offering a melt away moment of total relaxation and contentment. The proprietary LINDOR recipe has remained unchanged for more than 60 years and embodies the craftsmanship of the Lindt Master Chocolatiers. With 17 flavors ranging from the classic Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate, to Coconut, Sea Salt and Caramel, there is a LINDOR truffle to indulge any palate. LINDOR truffles are available at Lindt Chocolate Shops, on LindtUSA.com and at major retailers nationwide (SRP: $4.39 for a 5.1 oz. bag of LINDOR truffles).
This post was sponsored by Lindt. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.
Photos by Melissa Oholendt Photography.