When I first transitioned from having a corporate job to working from home in my jammies, I had no idea what I was in for.
Full disclosure, I’ve actually never worked in my PJs before.
Because I can’t get into the right, fiery mindset to crush it on any given day, if I wear my jammies.
Regardless, of how cute they are :).
The most important realization that I had was that it did not work for me to do work while lounging around in my bed, or from my living room coach, or from the kitchen table, etc.
Not only that, since my dogs and my husband were around and had no idea in terms of what my work schedule was like, there were constant interruptions.
And interruptions are no good.
They distract you from what you set out to do and then, you have to re-invest the energy to get back into ‘the zone‘.
However, I was SO incandescently happy to be finally able to work from home – to have set myself free of the corporate world – that I did not think about things like setting up a ‘home office’.
Side Note: You might also enjoy: https://corneliapauline.com/2018/03/10/how-i-went-from-boring-corporate-job-to-blissful-boss-in-less-than-1-year/
Heck, the word ‘office’ itself scared me for like a year after I had quit my corporate job.
Though, what happened?
I lost my routine – any routine, to be precise.
And regardless of how unsexy that word might sound to you, routine is THE most important thing you can ever incorporate into your entrepreneurial/freelancer lifestyle.
Believe me, if you had known me years ago, you’d know how crazy that is of me to be writing right now.
I hated routine.
I was the kind of gal who got anxiety and the occasional panic attacks only to have to attend high school. Not because I didn’t have any friends or was teased or anything like that. I had my lovely, close friends and was known as a pretty cool, goofy kinda girl.
I just did not like the fact that I had to adhere to doing the same thing, day in, day out.
What I did not understand until just fairly recently is that having the RIGHT routine truly sets you free.
It’s the discipline within the routine that will help you move mountains in your professional and personal life.
Now, why a home office?
I say that one of the most important things you can do after quitting your nine-to-five or other type of job is to have a designated home office area in your home.
Somewhere, where you can go in the morning after completing your morning routine (whatever you decide that to be).
Over these past 8 months, I not only have a designated home office in our loft here in Southern California but, I also decided to sign up for an office at WeWork.
And guess what?
My productivity level has spiked up so much than before when I had no real place to work from.
Not only that, I learned that any successful entrepreneur had a designated office in his/her home. From Sara Blakely to Elon Musk, from Chiara Ferragni to Amy Porterfield and so on.
If you want to build up a successful, serious business (and you i.e. don’t want to freelance forever), you are going to reach that point where you’re going to take this seriously.
Now in this blog post, I also wanted to share with you a few of my favorite things that I have placed or put around throughout my home office :).
These are suggestions that will help you become even more productive.
But totally feel free to find and choose your own favorite Home Office items.
The CEO Chair
I love having a colorful chair, a red one in particular. Red is such a power color for me and even though, I never tend to wearing red when it comes to my fashion (except for the occasional blazer), I absolutely love this chair. Makes me feel like a CEO. You can get it here.
My BossLady Mug
I’m a total coffee addict :).
I guess that comes naturally from growing up in Vienna, Austria.
And to get in the right mindset in the morning already, I love to use this LadyBoss mug. It really helps me set my intentions correctly.
You can get yours here.
Sometimes, you’ve got to work late nights in your business.
I find it important to have warm and good lighting around me and this is by far my favorite table lamp. Get your own here.
The tripod is particularly important to record Facebook Live or Youtube videos from.
I’ve tested many different ones and this one is the sturdiest and one that works the best with both my Samsung Galaxy 8 and iPhone ;).
A Library of my favorite motivational and business books
A lot of members of my tribe absolutely love my bookshelf background that I usually like to use when recording videos or doing Facebook Lives.
It doesn’t only make for a cool background but it also adds such a feeling of homeyness that in my opinion, you can only attain through adding a bookshelf ot your room such as this one. Get it here.
Also, if for whatever reason you would like to right away join a co-working space because you maybe live in a studio apartment or have children, etc. I definitely recommend scheduling a tour at your local WeWork location.
Note: WeWork is not affiliated with this recommendation. I just generally like them.
What are your favorite home office items? Drop a comment in the comments section down below ;).