Lori is a woman on a mission, so staying disciplined when working from home is key to her success. It's all about starting the day right and managing your time. Here's how Lori does it:
1. MORNING RITUALS… begin your day with movement
As soon as I wake up, I start the coffee maker then I roll out my yoga mat and do 30 pushups, 100 sit-ups and 3 rounds of one minute planks followed by a quick stretch. It takes less than 20 minutes and not only does it get my heart pumping and immediately wake me up, it gives me a calm start to the day! Then I grab my coffee, crack open my laptop and begin the entrepreneurial grind already 200 calories lighter!
2. GET ORGANIZED (DAILY)!
When I get to whatever will become my desk for the day, I Organize My Workspace. Having a clean workspace helps me focus and feel structured. After I organize everything, I settle in with a cup of coffee and try to relax for 15 minutes before diving into the hustle. Then, I prioritize my day’s to-do list and map out the rest of my day!
3. SCHEDULING… schedule everything
I've learned that the best way to get things done efficiently is to schedule everything. Put even the smallest of tasks on your calendar and if you don’t complete it, keep rescheduling it until you can mark it as completed. It can sometimes make your schedule appear overwhelming, but once you start knocking things off the list, it feels pretty productive.
4. GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA… the biggest barrier to productivity
One of my favorite productivity/ organizational hacks comes with the help of an app called Stay Focusd When working from home, Facebook and Twitter can be a major distraction. StayFocusd helps avoid these distractions by restricting the amount of time you can spend on them. The Google Chrome extension lets you set specific time restrictions on certain websites with a 10 minute default option. Once your time has been used up, the sites you have selected to block can’t be accessed for the remainder of the day.Lori Cheek is a NYC based architect turned entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Cheekd - a hyper speed Bluetooth mobile dating app that removes the “missed” from “missed connections." After working in architecture, furniture and design for 15 years, Lori came up with an idea that lead her into the NYC world of technology and dating. She completely threw away her design career and is no longer building structures, she's now building relationships. Connect on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.