Things I learnt from trying to work from home

When I say working from home I mean it in a business, professional sense, as opposed to academic homework. Over the Christmas periods I had my first attempt at working from home, we had a ridiculously large Christmas break and I was very aware of how much work I’d to catch up on with my return to the office.
Throughout my time at university I tried working in the library, from study rooms and with various wonderful people off my course, and aside from very specific instance I worked far, far better at home. I one of those people who can put on a DVD or tv series in the background and dip in an our of a project. With hindsight, part of the reason this would work was that I would give myself a deadline, shut myself away for a period of time and work solidly on one project and one project alone. I would have a finished project I could proof read and out the final touches on. This sadly, is why I can’t work from home.

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Routine

I need an area and corresponding routine for work, when I’m in work I have a desk arranged in a system that works for me and helps me focus without distraction. I only put my headphones in when I need to focus, or shut the noisy office out. At home I have my computer desk, which I have to tidy to use.

Focus

I can focus at work as the only distractions I have are my colleagues who also want to work, and my phone I try to avoid. At home I have a bed I need to make, a family who are also home an adorable dog. A hundred distractions ranging from small to large. Distractions which I struggle to prioritise.

Other projects

I’m a projects person, at present I have three sewing projects, innumerable baking projects, linkedin and twitter updates to schedule (to appear professional and industry informed), friend and family to catch up with, scrapbooks and photo albums to create, images to back up and catalogue from my phone. Many things all of which are as important to me personally as my professional work.

Organisation

This is an odd one, but in effect I am a very organised untidy person. Something always needs to be tidied away, be it the three days worth of washed clothes to put away or personal mail to organise. I struggle to work in an untidy space as I just know it needs to be put away. Out of sight, out of mind when it come to going to work. When at home though, that wardrobe or top draw that need decluttering are like an itch I can’t leave alone. It stops me from focusing.

This has all been inspired from my present circumstances, I’ve hurt my ankle which has stopped me from leaving the house. I have everything I need to work from home, but it have really struggled with it. It’s been a personal challenge.

Looking back on these points I think the solution for me would be a lifestyle change. If I worked from home everyday I could turn these barriers into hacks, I could own my work and truly make my space my own. Do you have any little tricks for working from home and achieving that work life balance? Or can you empathise with any of these points, I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter.

-Emily

Style Inspiration: Hayley Williams

Hello blog world.

I thought a good way to introduce you guys to my style would be to share with you where I get my inspiration from. Today’s focus will be Paramore front woman and all round powerhouse Hayley Williams. I have been an avid Paramore fan since the release of their sophomore album Riot in 2007, but it wasnt until the Brand New Eyes that I really started to adore the style of flame haired Hayley.

Classic Riot era outfit.
Classic Riot era outfit.

Her style bread and butter since the beginning has always been skinny jeans and t shirt, yet she’s maintained a flare for experimentation. In more recent years this desire to be unapologetically herself has led to fashion, make up and hair becoming an important part of her self expression. The ethos that fashion is dress up and make up is fun is something I truly believe in. As she has grown from a kid finding her feet to a confident woman who knows who she is so her style has evolved and become more about standing out than fitting in.

I’m really into healthy self-expression; that’s why I dye my hair, that’s why I wear stupid clothes, that’s why I don’t care that my bangs look like Spock from Star Trek. – Hayley Williams

The staples remain the same a love of great denim, the frivolity of clashing prints, a truly enviable collection of shoes (I’d give my life for her Vans collection) and a punk rock attitude that puts the focus on self expression rather than fashion rules. A true fashion renegade after my own heart.

A few  fashion highlights of late.
A few fashion highlights of late.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon.

– Sally ๐Ÿ™‚

Hello World: Stereotypical First Blog Post


So this blog has been a long time coming, Sally and I have been sending fashion and beauty obsessed texts to each other for around two years and fantasising about the bloggers, vloggers and youtubers weโ€™d like to be best friends with.ย  After one enthusiastic discussion too many, we realised we were beginning to bore some of our friends and the penny dropped. We spent the next couple months bandying ideas around.

So now we are launching May To October. We have a new creative project to throw our efforts into and a space where we can share our thoughts and obsessions. We have quite differing tastes, though they cross over, where I have a love for flouncy dresses, winged eyeliner and false lashes, Sally veers towards a bold lip, Vans and Yankee Candles. However show us a good brogue or a charity shop bursting with clothes and we are both in our element.

This could best be described as a lifestyle blog, launched by two recent graduates living in sunny (ahem) Cornwall. We hope you like it.

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Sally and Emily


Our regular blogging schedule is weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.