Working from home seemed like an attainable dream that has now become our reality. Certainly, there are stressful times as every type of work will come with, but we have learned to look at the brighter side. We now get to spend more quality time together and organize fun weekend trips for the kids often. We believe that this was a smart move and you never know, this post could be the sign for you to take that leap of faith and become your own boss.
In this post, my husband and I would like to share with you the challenges we faced, overcoming them, creating our home office, and an exciting giveaway opportunity for our readers and/or fellow bloggers towards the end.
The word focus gets thrown around a lot in my home, mainly by my husband. He always tells the kids to focus in school, when they are eating, playing games, etc. We’re teaching them at an early stage that when performing a task, no matter how insignificant it may look, there should be a dedicated mindset and nothing more. And I couldn’t agree more, especially when one is working from home. It’s just so easy to get distracted from what needs to get done at times.
Me: Need to take hi-res pictures.
My Brain: Oh! Notification in. The latest season of Supernatural has arrived on Netflix.
Me: Nine hundred words to go for this one thousand word article.
My Brain: Get a caramel macchiato from Dunkin Donuts…and a croissant donut.
See what I mean?
So in the hopes of staying focused when it’s time for work, we decided to convert our second room into a full-blown office. A few trips to IKEA and we finally decided on what pieces of furniture we wanted that fit our budget.
Since we wanted to make this remodeling official, we thought adding a sign to our soon-to-be office door will seal the deal. When our SmartSign package arrived, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The sign says it all. No distractions, no downtime, and above all, no laziness… (or lazy people allowed unless of course, you’re bringing coffee?)
and a really good door sign.
We have to say that the sign was much better than expected. The graphics were bright, crisp and clear, with the body itself feels solid. SmartSign was even able to add the most appropriate emojis for us, for a more personal look. You can customize your own on their website here and see your changes/edits in real time. You can easily copy/paste your favorite emojis graphics if you want to get fancy and artsy.
Storage and organizers.
Once we put up our new door placard, we tackled the next thing on our checklist: tables and shelves. He insisted on getting a standing workstation as it would help him stay more focused while being able to stretch freely. I ended up with not one, but two tables – one for beauty storage and the other that doubles for writing and taking photos.
And since our office gets a ton of light in the afternoon from our four massive windows, we decided to add doors to a row of shelves for our Kallax unit. This is a must when you have beauty products that should not be exposed to an extensive sunlight or heat.
Create a chill zone, here’s why:
Since ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,’ we created a chill zone so we can enjoy our breaks. We’ve installed two picture ledges right above it to give this area a more polished and organized look, plus a place to display a few inspirations.
A few corkboards and a rolling station later and, voila, we finally have our own office to work in!
Now, are you ready to transform your space into your dream working station? Get excited because you now have the opportunity to:
Win your own custom sign from SmartSign, plus a $500 Amazon voucher!
For your chance to win this awesome prize, all you have to do is write and share a blog post explaining what your custom sign would look like, and why.
We’d also like you to include an image of your proposed sign design in your post. Feel free to be as creative as you like in your design – if you can think it, SmartSign can make it!
Your design can be a photo of a sketch or something you’ve created using an online tool – it’s completely up to you.
Start creating » HERE «
Some tips on what to include in your post:
- What words and images would be on your sign? Would it be your blog logo? A favorite quote? A warning sign for your neighborhood?
- What shape and materials would you use? Do you love specific colors because they remind you of something special?
- Where would you like the sign to be displayed? Is it for your home office, outside your home, or in a neighborhood building?
Here’s How to Enter
- Your competition entry needs to be published before 26th July 2017.
- Your post must include the statement: “This post is an entry into the #MyCustomSign www.smartsign.com blogger challenge”
- Please also share your post on Twitter using the hashtag #MyCustomSign and tagging @tots100
- Make sure your post is live, and you’ve added a link to the Linky at the bottom of this post no later than 26th July 2017
- One winner selected by SmartSign at the end of the competition will win a $500 voucher and their custom sign. One runner-up will also win a custom sign design.
- This giveaway is sponsored by SmartSign.com