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Home Office Essentials to Keep You in a Great Headspace
 

Home Office Essentials to Keep You in a Great Headspace

October 18, 2018

Whether you are a service based entrepreneur or anyone that deals with a customer or client, it’s important to protect your energy. We give so much to our community and clients, that if we don’t have things in place to re-align ourselves, we take the risk of feeling depleted.   These tips and resources are easy additions to your home office and will make a big difference in your day to day when implemented.

I’m a big fan of batch scheduling and with that love comes my desire to basically schedule ALL my coaching calls on the same day. Since the beginning of my business, I’ve been coaching on Wednesday and Friday, which allows me to spend the rest of my time in my creative headspace (this is how I always come up with great content) and spending time with my family.

As my business has grown and I’ve taken on more clients, it’s REALLY important (stressing the really here) that I surrounded myself with things that keep me grounded.

Whether you are a service based entrepreneur or anyone that deals with a customer or client, it’s important to protect your energy. We give so much to our community and clients, that if we don’t have things in place to re-align ourselves, we take the risk of feeling depleted.

These tips and resources are easy additions to your home office and will make a big difference in your day to day when implemented.

Disclaimer: Some of this stuff is on the woo-woo side ;) what can I say I love it. Keep an open mind and take what you need from this blog post and leave the rest behind. Oh and some of the links are affiliates, if you buy it I might get a few bucks.

TOP HOME OFFICE ESSENTIALS

1. Diffuser and Oils:

I’m a big fan of essential oils when it comes to my family and nothing makes me feel more aligned than a nice lavender or sandalwood scent.

I have diffusers throughout my entire house, but love to use my office diffuser for long work days. The one I currently have is from DoTerra, but another favorite of mine is from Amazon.

2. Palo Santo (or Sage):

Home Office Essentials to Keep You Grounded and in a Great Headspace

The benefits of Palo Santo are amazing, but for our office decor purposes I love Palo Santo to clear the energy. Nothing is more important before and after a call with my clients than to clear my own energy and the energy of the office. This allows me to head into my calls without carrying over something from a previous client.

3. Candle:

I’m a sucker for a good candle, can anyone say Pumpkin Spice?! Right now, that is my candle of choice, but honestly, any candle will do. I love lighting my candle to set the tone for the day. I love having the visual of a candle because it gives me a calm feeling, which is important for busy work days. Candles are supportive of a meditative state, decreasing stress and increasing self-awareness.

4. Crystals:

Yes, I’m a big fan of crystals, and although I’m not an expert there are three crystals I love to include on my desk during long work days. These crystals are easily accessible so you should have no trouble finding them locally or online.

A tip for choosing crystals is to position yourself in front of your options and pay attention to which one is pulling you in.

Bonus tip, because why the heck not, it’s important to cleanse/clean your crystals when you buy them; you can do this by smudging sage, putting them under a full moon or bathing them in a salt bath.

My favorite office crystals are:

  • Rose Quartz: This stone is great for self-love, removing anger and tension. It also opens your Heart Chakra making you more open to compassion.

  • Amethyst: Not only is amethyst one of my favorite stones to look at, it supports you in tapping into your intuition and brings tranquility and peace into your space. It’s great for opening your Crown Chakra.

  • Clear Quartz: When you think of a crystal this is probably the one that comes to mind. These basic white stones come in all shapes and sizes (I even carry one in the diaper bag). Quartz is great for removing negative feelings and welcoming in positive energy.

Home Office Essentials to Keep you Grounded and in a Great Headspace

I also wear Citrine on a regular basis to protect my Solar Plexus which is connected to achieving goals, self-confidence and more importantly, for me anyway, to release my inner perfectionist.

5. Light:

I mean I feel like this is a no-brainer, but in no way do I want my office to resemble that of a cubicle. I welcome light into my space by facing my desk towards a big window and if working into the night I have a desk lamp for extra lighting. Natural light is your best friend here, so if you have the ability to face a window not only will your photos look better, but a better moot to boot.

6. Hydration:

Dehydration is no joke as an entrepreneur. It can lead to fogginess, decreased concentration, depressed mood and fatigue; none of which you want when working all day, especially with clients. One of the top tips I have for every entrepreneur is to drink more water, it’s so easy to forget but can make all the difference in feeling energized to take on all your projects. I’m a big fan of an old-fashioned mason jar, which is totally on brand by the way!

It’s really about creating the space around you that not only inspires you to show up and do your best work, but keeps you a positive headspace so you can show up as your best self and impact more lives.

Let me know in the comments your favorite tip above and if you have some essentials you love - I’m always looking to enhance my space.

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Hey there, I'm Michelle Knight

Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I'm a mother, wife, world traveler and storyteller. I created my own business just after having my first baby and while working a 9 to 5.

Within one year I left my 9 to 5 and created a 6-figure business. Now I spend my days as a Branding and Business coach for female entrepreneurs, raise my little boy and travel the world with my little family of 3.

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Four Tips to Improve Productivity While Working From Home
 

Four Tips to Improve Productivity While Working From Home

October 11, 2018

Discover four tips for improving productivity while working from home to create a successful and profitable online business.

When I was getting ready for my first week as a “full-time entrepreneur” I was freaking out! I turned to the power of the internet and reached out to other entrepreneurs asking, “What tips do you have for working from home?”

The response was overwhelming, ideas flooded in ranging from; don’t make a plan just go with it to only work 3 hours a day for better efficiency. However, there was a slight problem with these suggestions - no one who commented was a mother!

Now, whether you’re a mompreneur or not this post will still be super valuable to you, but it’s an important part of my productivity journey because I had no other option that to make it work. Over the past two years, I’ve freaking mastered productively working from home, even when some of the biggest distractions were injecting themselves into my day (thinking baby peeing on you during a live stream, mid-day screams and 💩)!

If you struggle with getting sht done while working from home, you’ve come to the right place. I’m sharing four of my top tips for Improving Your Productivity While Working From Home.

**Please note some of the links are affiliate links. I only recommend products I absolutely love, but I might receive a small commission from your engagement.

1. PLAN THE NIGHT BEFORE.

I can’t stress enough how important planning is for productivity - I mean thing about it when you fly by the seat of your pants you’re constantly bouncing from one thing to another. Did someone say squirrel?!

One of the best strategies I’ve used for productivity over the past 6 months has been to carve out 15 minutes to map out and structure my tasks for the following day.

The night before I hop into my Weekly Schedule on *Trello and sit with my schedule for the next day. Based on family plans and weather (I’m a big advocate for Zoo days) I’ll move things around on my board. I also like to rank my tasks in order of importance and put a time limit on some of them (i.e. things like writing this blog post).

This allows me to have a full picture of the next 24 hours before I even go to sleep, reducing the overwhelm, allowing me to feel on top of my sh*t and to get more things checked off.

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2. Set a timer

When I was a kid my mom used to set a timer in the morning, you know one of those old-school white timers for your counter? Every morning she’d set the timer and when that timer went off we knew it was time to leave for school. Ok, total disclaimer I was still late like 99% of the time, but just think how late I would’ve been if I didn’t have that timer.

This is such a great trick for increasing productivity in your business as well. When it’s time to dive into the black hole that is social media, set a timer for 15 or 30 minutes and when that timer goes off - GET OUT OF THERE!

I love to use the timer method in my business for:

• Social media engagement
• Writing my emails
• Writing my blog posts
• Answering emails
• Tech (SO important to set a timer with this one)

Think of the areas of your business that are major time sucks and set that timer!

3. Batch Scheduling

One of the hardest things to do when working from home is to jump from one project to another. My greatest strategy since day one has been batch scheduling. Rather than spreading out your writing over the course of 5 days, how would it feel to be in your creative zone for a longer chunk of time, rather than having to start over?

When I try to write a single email a day, over the course of a week, it takes me 2x longer for each than if I were to sit down for three hours and write all my emails and social posts. Batch scheduling will save your bootay if you are an online entrepreneur who has to write ANYTHING (so basically everyone)!

Get in the habit of scheduling your batch writing at least once a week, maybe twice, in the beginning, to start finding a rhythm and routine. Before you know it you’ll be writing 10-minute emails and blog post with ease.

4. USE YOUR TIME WISELY

Efficiency is all about looking for all the areas in which you can use up space. When my son was teething and needed to go on daily walks, I would bring my cell phone with me and create talk-to-text documents for my emails. If I didn’t have the time in the day to sit down, you better believe I was using this time to my advantage.

When I use to drive to and from my 9 to 5, I would listen to podcasts which inspired the crap out of me and would record small ideas and notes in my phone, so I didn’t forget a single idea.

Look for every single opportunity you have to tap into your creative space. We all have the same hours in a day, it’s about HOW we use those hours that makes the biggest difference.

How are you currently using your time? Where are your biggest time sucks?

Some people call me the Get Sh*t Done Queen (ok, not a lot of people, but you get the idea) - I’m really great at streamlining and being the most effective with my time.

It’s because in the beginning of my business I had to be! I built this business from zero to multiple 6-figures in two years while working a 9 to 5 in the beginning and raising a baby. Productivity is my jam and that’s why it is one of the main pillars of my signature group program Roadmap to Freedom.

The doors are opening for Roadmap to Freedom for the third time this November!

If you are a new or aspiring female entrepreneur who is ready to launch an online business that allows her to make money on her own terms then this program is for YOU! When you join the waitlist before October 19 you’ll get first dibs on all the amazing bonuses + save some serious cash when you sign up during pre-enrollment.

Learn more and join the waitlist at brandmerry.com/freedom.

Branding and Business Coach | Michelle Knight of Brandmerry
 
 
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Hey there, I'm Michelle Knight

Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I'm a mother, wife, world traveler and storyteller. I created my own business just after having my first baby and while working a 9 to 5.

Within one year I left my 9 to 5 and created a 6-figure business. Now I spend my days as a Branding and Business coach for female entrepreneurs, raise my little boy and travel the world with my little family of 3.

MORE ABOUT ME ↠

BRANDING

BUSINESS Tips and TOOLS

Travel

Time mangement

Self-worth love


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