How To Stay Sane And Productive Working From Home: Campaign Monitor Review

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How To Stay Sane And Productive Working From Home: Campaign Monitor Review

I work online. Social media management and content writing are my main focus. But I also have wedding plans to do and obligations to take care of---which include 17 dogs. Because of that, I have sacrificed so much of my blog time.

I used to actively engage with subscribers and followers. Now I can barely post. Not complaining! My life has beautiful plot twists.

But I know that I must put time and effort in maintaining my relationship with my faithful blog family as this is the main reason why I started to work from home.

But how do I stay on top of things without going crazy?

How to stay sane and productive working from home? Campaign Monitor review and other tips I'd like to share.

How to Stay Sane and Productive Working from Home

1. Keep working environment conducive for working.

I used to work in the bedroom. Big mistake! Your bedroom is a place for resting, not for working.

As much as possible (and please make it possible), do not work in your bedroom. Although you're working from home, keep "home" separate from work.

You'll see your bed and that will give you the feeling of wanting to "lie down for just a minute" and be comfortable. That's procrastination waiting to happen. That's projects delayed and tasks half-done. If you want to stay productive while working from home, don't work in your bedroom.

Working environment

2. Keep distractions away.

For me that's my phone. Sometimes the dogs asking for neck scratch too. Dog owners know the struggle.

Put your phone away or turn to Airplane mode. There are also productivity apps you can download. I'll create a blog about it next time.

For dogs, establish a routine. Give them treats before you start working or after. Whatever works for your pooch. Don't let them in your working area if they get too hyper or needy.

Personally, I find it helpful if I feed them first or play with them before working because by then they're full and tired and they would just want to sleep under the table or beside me.

Keep distractions away

3. Have a routine.

I'm lucky to work with clients who let me work anytime I want as long as I finish the hours we agreed on. I choose to work as early as I can so I can work some extra or run personal errands and end the day early too.

Establish a routine around your schedule like going to an office. Have breakfast, check emails, decide on which task to work on first, have a break and allow yourself to rest.

food laptop

Campaign Monitor Review

4. Schedule ahead of time.

I'm so thankful that there are apps and tools that allow me to schedule ahead of time. I can schedule social media posts and emails. Recently, I've come across Campaign Monitor.

What I like about Campaign Monitor

  • It is easy to use. 
  • Signing up is uncomplicated.
  • If you're new to email campaign, there is a short tutorial video that shows you a quick overview of how to start and monitor your emails after sending.
  • They have professional looking email designs ready to use and easy to customize.
  • They have pricing plans to choose from.
You know they have the best intentions for your business and subscribers or future customers because before you can send a campaign, you will be required to verify your subscribers list. You just need to answer how you obtained your list and how often you email them.

But that leads me to what I don't like about this tool...

What I don't like about Campaign Monitor

I have answered the questions so I can set up my email marketing but I didn't get a reply.

It takes forever for their support team to respond. I've messaged many times about my concern but still hasn't received any feedback.

5. Step away.

Take a few minutes to step away from your desk. When work is getting too much, when I encounter some good old writer's block, or when my brain gets overworked, I find it helpful to take a few minutes away from my laptop.


What do I do?

I take a shower. Because my best ideas for some reason come to me with the water splashing on me. Like I don't just cleanse my body but I also clear my mind. Amazing how many articles I've finished writing in my head while in the shower.

I snack. But not just any food because food affects the way you think and feel. So you also have to be mindful about what you're putting inside your body.

I read a few pages on whatever book I have my hands on.

I watch funny videos.

I play with the dogs.

When you empty yourself from work, you find yourself ready for more ideas to come in.

6. Take vacations

It does not have to be grand. You don't have to book a flight to Bora Bora or Maldives. Mini-vacations could be great and helpful.

How does being away from work help you achieve more at work?

Your brain needs to reboot. Your body needs to rest. Your soul needs to recharge. 
A healthy, calm body, mind and a soul at peace makes you productive.

Vacations help you stay sane because stress from work can drive you crazy.

Lux in Boracay

How about you? How do you stay sane and productive working from home?

What is the email campaign tool you use?

Please share with me in the comment!

Note: I have received compensation for this review but all opinions are my own.

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