My work from home must haves (AD)

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AD. Working from home is something that I have been doing full time since 2013. During that time I have had a number of ways that I have been making money online. This means my income has steadily increased, but so has my workload. I’ve learned that there are a number of things I need to use to try and help my work day run smoother. These are my work from home must haves – hope they are useful!

My work from home must haves

A decent computer

This is the number one on my work from home must haves list! I have a *MacBook Pro and now I’ve experienced the power there is no way I’d go back to before. In the past I relied on Toshiba Satellite laptops. These were not bad, at all, however, they were nothing compared to the MacBook. When I first purchased my MacBook, for £1,000, I was nervous that I wouldn’t get on with it. I had been a Windows laptop user all my adult life but I found the switch surprisingly easy. My favourite feature of the MacBook has to be that it syncs up with my iPhone. My lovely husband and I have shared calendars now and my reminder list is 100s long. The MacBook, and my iPhone, sync seamlessly and never let me down!

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A reliable courier service

As part of my money making escapades I need to use a courier service from time to time. Having a reliable service, that can deliver large parcels, is ideal for me. This allows me to have a de-clutter, *list some items on eBay, make myself some cash and best of all they’ll collect from me! Perfect for those days when I’ve got deadlines to meet and don’t have time to go out.

Save money on Tassimo coffee pods

Good coffee

I’m a huge fan of my Tassimo, as I’ve said before. Being able to save money on Tassimo pods allows me to enjoy premium coffee at home, with minimal effort. I love that while my Tassimo is preparing a coffee I can make some breakfast or do some admin. Having a nice coffee to look forward to really brightens up my morning – even the ones where I’ve got work to do!

A great routine

I’ve wrote before about how I get everything done, and it seems that post was a hit! I find that having a good routine, and mostly sticking to it, is one of my work from home must haves. Being organised, and scheduling my day, allows me to juggle all of the plates of parenting and working from home, without neglecting myself either. I love to be organised by keeping a #kickerlist which is my own form of a to-do list.

Regular days off

For me it has to be Sunday! On Sunday I don’t work (much!) and I just have a lovely day where I relax lots. I do some baking, sometimes prepare a nice roast dinner and we try and see family at least a couple of Sundays a month. I find that having this regular time to relax helps me start the working week feeling refreshed and not like I’ve worked too hard.

These are just a few of my work from home must haves. I feel like they are the most important ones though! For me it is important that I have a routine, reliable computer and lots of coffee. As the bulk of my work is done from home I want to be able to enjoy my surroundings and not be tempted to work 100% of the time I’m home. Relaxing is almost as important to me as working is. I don’t want to experience burnout and I never want to find myself in a position where I’m not enjoying my job.

22 Responses

  1. Tori August 16, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    It sounds so important to have a routine when working from home – and a day off too!

    • katykicker August 16, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      It really is – definitely good for my own sanity!

  2. Our Seaside Baby August 16, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    I have very similar must haves. I have a MacBook Pro too, don’t think I could ever go back 🙂 I couldn’t survive without coffee either! I’ve never tried Tassimo though – is it nice?

    • katykicker August 16, 2017 / 6:12 pm

      Yes they are nice! Maybe not quite as nice as a bean to cup coffee machine but cheaper at least in the interim!

  3. RACHEL BUSTIN August 16, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    Love this post, working from home does require a routine. Mine is mostly evening work as I work in my day job as well. I just need to find that relaxing day! xx

    • katykicker August 17, 2017 / 8:27 am

      Ahh it is so hard trying to do it all sometimes isn’t it! x

  4. Lauren Scrapbook Blog August 16, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    I work from home too but am so naff at sticking to a routine. I get distracted easily too! I think i might go macbook pro when my current laptop dies, though i’m a windows user at the moment so would find it hard at first i think!

    • katykicker August 17, 2017 / 8:27 am

      Yeah I found it hard at first too, but I’m getting on great with it now and find it so good for my productivity.

  5. Kirsty McManus August 16, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    I absolutely love Tassimo pods – I’m such a big coffee lover and have the most ridiculous amount stocked in the house, I just popped over to your saving money post on them and I’ll need to have a look at the compatible pods, I’d hate to think of the amount I’ve actually spent!!

    • katykicker August 17, 2017 / 8:28 am

      Me too – so much money, but they ARE good aren’t they and we deserve treats when we work hard!

  6. Vicky August 17, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    I totally agree with the importance of having a routine. I’m a teacher by profession and I’ve even done myself a little timetable for home! Fab post xxx

    • katykicker August 17, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      Wow, well done you – sounds very organised!

  7. emma August 17, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Great post! I’m so happy I’ve got my MacBook now, it’s amazing. I’m about to start full time on my blog so this was a really useful post for me to read x

    • katykicker August 17, 2017 / 4:59 pm

      Oh I’m so pleased I could help – I look forward to seeing you blog more!

  8. Hayley - Devon Mama August 17, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    I need to find a reliable courier – I love a bit of eBaying, but the sending bit always puts me off!

    • katykicker August 17, 2017 / 4:59 pm

      You’ve just reminded me that I have some parcels to send tomorrow – whoops!

  9. Mummy Times Two August 17, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    I love this post and totally agree about a decent computer, though my MacBook is definitely in need of replacing these days!

    • katykicker August 18, 2017 / 9:56 am

      Ahh I can’t believe one day mine will go the same! So much money aren’t they!

    • katykicker August 18, 2017 / 9:57 am

      Yeah they really do don’t they! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Jeannette @autismmumma August 18, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Great tips in here, I get easily distracted and find writing everything to do down and then allocating a set number per day really helps.
    Totally agree about a decent computer and coffee!

    • katykicker August 18, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      I can get easily distracted too at times – so irritating isn’t it!

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