Running a Home Office in the New Year

Home office

At the end of every year, I look back and assess how I did. I usually catch myself saying, "I didn't do what I said I would at the beginning of the year..." And I continue to resolve to do things differently the next year. I'm happy to say I didn't do so bad this year. Still, I want to step it up! So, here we are in 2015 and what will make this year different for me?

One thing for sure is my body is really letting me know that I cannot continue to work myself into the ground. I just don't have the same energy I used to and I've got to balance my time better.

Listening to the body is key to health and happiness.

God designed our bodies to operate a certain way. He meant for us to take a rest. I'm not good at that, because I'm so used to working 19 hours a day. But, this time last year I was in bed for three months sick. I was determined to not let that happen this year, so;

I made some changes at the end of 2014 that helped a lot.

I reduced the amount of time spent on church ministry work as well as assignment work. I was able to go to some events as a guest and not have to work it. I was able to get more rest at night, because I wasn't stressed and burned out.

The reality of running my office is that I have three major roles:

  1. My client assignment work where I collect an ongoing paycheck every month.

  2. Co-owning my hubby's photography business.

  3. Running my ministry work for church.

It'll be crucial for me to make the most of my time each day so that I get my deadlines met, eat regularly, get plenty of exercise and sleep, and still have time for fun. It sounds like a tall task!
Finding the Right Quiet Time is needed for Creativity.

At the end of the day is when I feel creative. It's the time when there are no emails, phone calls, or interruptions. I can concentrate on crocheting and knitting while watching a movie! I think this is my favorite time of the day.


Plan Ahead.

This is another thing I started doing this year. I decided to map out my wardrobe for the week ahead. Though I work from home, I still want to dress for the job. I feel more productive so on Sundays I go through my clothes and plan my outfits for each day. I found out how helpful this is cause I gain precious time each day and I was able to start work on time and have time for God and myself before I work. It really helps to plan ahead when you have a busy life.

Looking Forward to the Challenge.

It's a good thing to stretch oneself. I want to spend some time this year learning new stitches and making more complex patterns. My hope also is to write my own patterns from start to finish. So, I'll see how that works out. Right now, I'm super excited for the new year and I await all God's blessings!