Usually one or two days of the week I spend working from my home office (an awesome luxury from my awesome boss!) I don't normally talk about my professional life on my blog since it's a very personal space to me and I want to keep the focus on other aspects of my life as a designer and creative.
But, I can't help but share a secret I've found for powering through crazy work days! When I work from home, it normally means I have a crazy tight deadline and I can't afford the two hours in commute time to the city - I need to be "heads down", as my boss would say. These days my eatings habits, workout routine, and skin care usually suffer a bit - even though I'm at home, I stay glued to my desk and microwave food so that I can be as productive as possible.
Well, as you can imagine, this doesn't give me much brain power or fuel for the day. Saving time inevitably ends up sapping my energy. Kind of funny how that works. And if you're like me, coffee long stopped having its effects in like, 2010.
So, I've come up with some rules that ensure I'm functioning at 100% capacity so that I meet deadlines and everyone is happy, including me!
1. Don't skip washing your face.
I do this on days I go into the office, so why not take the 30 seconds and do it even when I'm not seeing anyone? It's super effective at waking me up, which is necessary. And, your skin being clean will help you feel more fresh and alert.
2. Lemon water
When my kitchen is three steps away, I have the easiest access to more nourishing beverages than I do at the office. Swap at least one cup of coffee for either hot tea or lemon water - much more refreshing and a better pickmeup. I always keep lemons in my fridge (and cucumber! try both for a healthy boost.)
3. Two words: Green. Smoothies.
Wow. Amaze. Nothing makes me feel better than a giant cup of green goodness at lunchtime. I always pair a smoothie with some protein, because just fruit/sugar on its own will make you crash.
I'll share my secret recipe - it's super simple, but the tastiest combo for getting greens I've found yet. It's sweet with just the right amount of tartness. The key is using the other half of the lemon I cut up for my lemon water and dropping a slice in the smoothie - adding tang and bringing out flavor! It also helps cover up the spinach taste.
1/2 cup orange juice
2 handfuls of frozen fruit (I use a mango/peach/pineapple blend)
1 ripe banana
3 handfuls of baby spinach
A fresh lemon wedge
The perks of living in California involve me being able to drink this goodness all year long - especially if followed with peach ginger tea!
What do you do to stay creative?