I wouldn’t call myself an expert at many things, but I have been working from home for 20 years and that puts me right up there with the big dogs. I thought I would share some helpful tips and company policies that have helped me adjust to life at home.
Create a dedicated work space. Keep it free from personal things and distractions. I have an office up stairs, so I can shut the door when I’m “closed”. It is also good to teach your “co-workers” that when you are in your work space, you need to focus and have few to no interruptions.
Start your morning just like you would if you were headed somewhere else to work. Get up at the same time every day, do your morning workout, shower, get dressed and make your bed. This might sound silly since you are working from home and you are not allowed to have any visitors. However, keeping a schedule and getting all dolled up makes you feel good about yourself and starts your day off on a positive note. (and when you come home from work, it is always comforting to get into a made up bed.
3. One of my distractions is house work. So, I have found, that if I do about 30 minutes of house work every morning before I go to my office, I won’t be thinking about it all day. This also includes deciding what is for dinner and either taking it out of the freezer or putting something in the crock pot.
4. One VERY hard thing to learn is that you only eat at regular scheduled meals. When I go upstairs to my office, I take a glass (with a lid) of water with me. I don’t snack before lunch, so if I’m hungry early, I just go down and eat lunch early. After lunch, I ALWAYS need a snack. And by snack I mean CHOCOLATE. But, I don’t take it upstairs with me after lunch. I make myself walk back down the stairs to get it. That is just something I do to “justify” eating my chocolate… I at least took an extra trip down the stairs for it.
5. Focus, I try not to do personal stuff during work time. Now, on days when my brain is tired, or it is REALLY beautiful outside, I will finish work early and take some personal time. The last picture is me learning the tictok dance up the stairs.
I hope this helps. I know working from home is a big adjustment. But, be grateful that you have that opportunity. The alternative is probably to be laid off and that would be worse. (I’m actually somewhere in the middle). My business is considered non-essential so I’m not allowed to leave the house to photograph, but I can still work. (which doesn’t bring in any income) If I can help you with anything else about working from home, just let me know.
As we are all starting to feel cooped up and restless, let’s count our blessings. Everyone has blessings. If you wake up every day, that’s a blessing. If you wake up to shelter, food and people who love you, those are HUGE blessings. You are not alone. We are all in this together. If you are starting to feel alone or like you are going to hog tie your children (or spouse), call a friend instead. Don’t text, or PM, but call them on the phone. It helps just to hear a friendly voice. Maybe you just need to vent and then you will feel better.
Here are some things I have done so far while being stuck at home. (which is also my workplace)
I exercise EVERY DAY with http://www.beachbody.com , I read books, work on photo ideas, call my friends and family, clean my house, clean the pool, read VERY OLD emails, watch Hallmark channel and Netflix, play with my doggy, play board games with my daughter, take a walk… Oh, and I downloaded Tic Tok on my phone and learned some dances… that didn’t go very well, I hurt my foot.
Next up, I bought a smoke machine on Amazon Prime and I’m going to practice making sports photos in the camera room. I’m sure my daughter will be happy to hear this since she is the only one in the house to use as a model. If she won’t play with me, I’ll have to enlist my doggy.
Another idea that we will do soon is to bake home made from scratch cinnamon rolls. Ohhhh that sounds good. So, come on, join me, let’s get creative.
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This is CRAZY and might come as a complete surprise to most of you. I have a NEW Valentine. I have kept him a secret for a couple of years, but not because I haven’t wanted to share him. He is a super cute amazing guy. In fact, I married him a couple of weeks ago. YES, I GOT MARRIED!! His name is Greg and he makes me VERY happy.
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for your sweetheart. It’s also for your 2020 High School Senior. If you are looking for creative yet classic senior photography, you have come to the right place. We bridge the gap between High School Seniors and their parents. We can make you both happy! We LOVE crazy, playful, FULL personality style images that we know our seniors crave, but we also adore catching classic portraits that we know the parents will cherish for decades. Yes, you can have both.
2020 Hebron Senior
2020 senior girl
2020 Lake Dallas Senior
2020 sennior boy
And here is the best part, we are having our annual Valentine’s day Senior give away drawing. Enter below to win one of our 4 prizes AND join our studio newsletter list.
Details: We will be drawing for winners on Friday February 14th, 2020.
First place prize: An Extreme Senior Portrait Session (value $175) plus $100 towards your order. You must be photographed by March 30th, 2020.
Three 2nd place prizes: Either a Studio Senior Portrait Session OR a Location Senior Portrait Session (value $95) Plus $50 towards your order. You must be photographed by March 30th, 2020.