How to be productive if you work from home?

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ENG: Working from home and being  my own boss is one of the best things that had ever happened to me. You work in the environment you have created, the job you love. But, it can also be very challenging. Working in your pyjamas all day, in your bed, will not make you a successful entrepreneur. I am currently on my master studies, so I work as a freelance writer from my home. Also, I get my blog very serious and I consider it, my full-time job. So, today, I wanted to share with you some things and tips I have learned during time. You can apply these tips no matter what your job is. If you are a blogger, designer, online English teacher, writer… you can use this to make your day more productive and develop your business.

1. Make a plan!  

Every night, before I go to sleep, I write all the things that need to be done the next day. I doesn’t matter if it’s about school, blog or my freelance job. I have my amazing planner that I got from Moj Rokovnik and there I can make my monthly, weekly or daily plans. So, write every little thing that you need to do, starting from the most important one.

2. Get up early! 

Yes, I know it hard! I love to sleep, too! But what has to be done, has to be done! While I was working in a hotel a few months ago, I had to get up at 5 am and start working at 6. And I did it every single morning! So, I think it’s not hard to get up at 7 or 8 instead of 10 am. And instead of starting to work at noon, you will start at 9 am. I had problems to make myself get up earlier and now, I’m so grateful that I menage to organize my life the way I want it to be and have time for everything.

3. Create your own morning ritual! 

I recently started to do my morning and evening rituals and my life changed completely. My morning ritual look like this. I get up at 8 am, do a little morning yoga in my bed and I meditate for 10 minutes. Meditation has been a true discovery for me. I love listening guided meditations on You Tube and depending on my feelings and motivation I choose a topic. This makes me so calm and motivated. Than I finish all my morning things in the bathroom and get to the kitchen. I have my breakfast and make a cup of coffee. While I’m enjoying my first cup of coffee, I check all my Social Media account and e-mails.  After this 20 minutes of pleasure, it’s time to get the job done! I go to my desk and start working!

4. Determine your working hours! 

When I start working at home, I would get up at 10 and start working at noon. then I would work a little, check my Instagram, FB and work a little bit more. Than, I would have a lunch, work a little bit more and that watch TV show with my family. This way, I was working until midnight or 1 am. I would be so tired, wake up late the next morning and be tired, unmotivated and uninspired the whole day. So, I decide to change it! Now, I working from 9 amp until 3 or 5 o’clock in the afternoon, depending on the my assignments for that day. This way, you will not be so tired and you’ll have enough time for gym, sports, and for your friends and family.

5. Play some music! 

I love working while I have some music in background! I’m listening to all types of music depending on my mood and what I’m working on. For example, I love listening to the radio, like I’m doing right now while I’m writing this post, or some classical music, jazz etc. Music is important part of my life. Everything I do, I do it with music. Music makes me happy, motivated and eager to work!

6. Make a break! 

Making a break is an important part of working at home. After working for a few hours, I love to take a break to have a cup of coffee, some snack or even do my daily yoga. Some people love to take naps, but it just slows me down. I love working yoga on my breaks , because if relaxes my mind and boost my energy. So, do not work until you drop down, make a break and relax for a little bit!

7. Keep your Social Media accounts off your working area! 

From my personal experience, because I started to spend I love of time on my social media, I was so late with my work and couldn’t finish it all in time! So, I decided not to check my Instagram every 5 minutes and keep my phone away while I’m working! I can not imagine, what you can do in a day if you sped a little less time on social media! Try it!

8. Make a weekly plan! 

I had so much to do these days that I was completely lost! So, I decided to make my weekly plan. I plan what I’m going to do for every day in the week. For example, I’m working on my master thesis on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays are reserved for my Upwork freelance writing job. Also, I made a plan when it comes to my trainings. I have my kickboxing and aerobics class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday I’m practicing yoga. Sunday is day for me and for my blog. On Sundays, I’m doing things that make me happy, have my hair and nails done, clean up my room, watch some great movies, have fun with my friends and prepare blog posts for the next week! So, I think you have realized now that I’m a real organizational freak. But it helps me and I bet this planning will help you, too!

9. Keep your working area clean!

There is a saying: ” Clean space, clean mind! “. Therefore, pick up that clothes from your room, take out all the trash you have in your working area and make it inspiring! This will make you feel more motivated and inspired to work!

10. Your desk is your office! 

Work at your desk! It doesn’t matter if it’s your dinning table or your work desk! Please, do not work in your bed, wearing your pyjamas! You will not be  productive the way you want to be! Imagine that your desk is your office! Dress up, maybe apply some make up to make you feel better and start working! You will be so productive and motivated!  This is your job, act like that! Your are your own boss, you can do anything! Just believe in your self and work hard!


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SRB: Rad kod kuće i to što sam postala sama sebi šef, je nešto najbolje što mi se dogodilo! Radite u okruženju u kom se osećate opušteno i koji ste vi kreirali onako kako želite. Radite posao koji volite! Ali, isto tako, rad kod kuće može biti dosta zahtevan. Ukoliko radite ceo dan u pižamama, u svom krevetu, nikada nećete biti uspešan preduzetnik i ostvariti svoje snove! Ja sam trenutno na master studijama i honorarno radim kao pisac i bloger preko Upwork portala za slobodnjake. Pored toga, pišem svoj blog koji smatram svojim pravim poslom. Stoga sam danas želela sam vama da podelim par predloga i saveta kako da rad kod kuće učinite produktivnim i uspešnim. Ove savete sam ja naučila tokom vremena i počela da ih primenjujem u svom životu. Možete ih primenjivati i vi bez obzira kojim se poslom bavite, da li ste dizajner, pisac, nastavnik jezika, bloger…

1. Napravite plan rada! 

Svake večeri, pre spavanja, napravim listu zadataka za sledeći dan. U svom planeru koji sam dobila od prijatelja iz Mog rokovnika, upisujem sve svoje obaveze bez obzira da li su vezane za studije, posao ili blog. Volim da napravim mesečni, nedeljni i dnevni plan rada! Zapišite sve na svom spisku. Započnite sa najbitniijim obavezama sve do sitnica.

2. Ustanite rano! 

Zna da je teško! I ja volim da spavam! Ali šta se mora, mora se! Dok sam radila u hotelu, pre par meseci, ustajala sam u 5, kako bi počela sa radom u 6 ujutru. Tako da ustajanje u 7 ili 8 nije ništa strašno! Pogledajte to ovako, ukoliko ustanete u 10, počećete sa radom tek u 12. Ovako ukoliko ustanete ranije, na primer oko 8, sa radom ćete početi već u 9 i tako dobiti 3 sata više nego da ste počeli u podne! Dakle, naterajte sebe da ustanete ranije! Vremenom ćete se navići! Ja sam jako zahvalna što sam naterala sebe da sredim svoj život i krenem da ustajem ranije! Sada uspešno završavam sve svoje obaveze na vreme!

3. Osmislite svoj jutarnji ritual! 

Nedavno sam počela da primenjujem neke svoje lične rituale svakom jutra i večeri. Shvatila sam da mi ova rutina ujutru pomaže da se brže razbudim i započnem svoj dan! Dakle, ja svoj dan započinjem buđenjem u 8. Zatim odradim jutarnju jogu u krevetu kako bih se razbudila i meditiram 10 minuta. Meditacija je moje novo otkriće! Oduvek sam htela da počnem sa meditacijom i nikako mi nije polazilo za rukom. Sada, meditiram svakog jutra 10 minuta u svom krevetu uz klipove za meditaciju na You Tube-u. Nakon jutarnjeg sređivanja, doručkujem i pripremim sebi kafu. Dok uživam u svojoj kafi, proverim šta ima novo na Instagramu i Fejsbuku i proverim svoje mejlove. Onda sam u 9 spremna za rad i već na svom radnom mestu.

4. Odredite sebi radno vreme! 

Zašto je ovo važno? Bez određenog radnog vremena provodićete ceo dan za kompjuterom i nećete stići ništa da završite. Kada sam krenula sam radom kod kuće, počinjala bih sa pisanjem oko podneva, malo radila, pa zatim proverila društvene mreže, pa još malo radila, ručala, gledala seriju itd. Ovako bih ostajala do ponoći ili 1 noću da radim i sutradan bila ponovo umorna i nemotivisana za rad. Sada, krećem sa radom u 9 i radim do 3 ili 5 popodne u zavisnosti koliko posla imam. Tako imam vremena i za fizičku aktivnost i za svoje prijatelje i porodicu! Bićete mnogo produktivniji i imati vremena za sve!

5. Slušajte muziku dok radite! 

Ja bez muzike ne znam da funkcionišem! Čim ustanem pustim svoju omiljenu radio stanicu ili neki dobar mix na You Tube-u. U zavisnosti od raspoloženja i posla koji radim, biram i muziku koju slušam ( pop, house, klasična ili džez). Muzika me čini srećnom i motivisanom za rad!

6. Napravite pauzu! 

Ukoliko radite od kuće, ne znači da trebate zabušavati i praviti pauze svakih pola sata ali ne i da padnete u nesvest od posla! Stoga odvojite malo vremena da se opustite, popijete sok, užinate nešto! Ima ljudi koji vole da dremnu malo u svojoj pauzi, ali mene ta popodnevna dremka samo još više uspori! Stoga ja u svojoj pauzi radim jogu! Joga me opusti i vrati mi energiju koja mi je potrebna! Volim da u pauzi sebi skuvam kafu i uživam 15-tak minuta!

7. Odstranite društvene mreže dok radite! 

Na svom primeru sam se uverila da me društvene mreže strašno usporavaju. Ukoliko na svakih 10-15 minuta proveravate Instagram ili Fejsbuk, nećete stići ništa da uradite! Pomerite telefon u stranu i pogledajte šta ima novo na netu tek kada završite neki određeni posao! Videćete da ćete biti mnogo efikasniji i produktivniji!

8. Napravite nedeljni plan! 

Ovih dana sam imala toliko obaveza da sam se potpuno izgubila. Rešila sam da organizujem svoje vreme i podelim po danima svoje obaveze. Tako sam odlučila da ponedeljkom, sredom i petkom radim na svom master radu, utorkom, četvrtkom i subotom na svojim honorarnim poslovima a nedelja je moj dan za uživanje! Tako sam rasporedila i svoje fizičke aktivnosti! Tako ponedeljkom, sredom i petkom idem na kik boks i aerobik a utorkom, četvrtkom, subotom i nedeljom radim jogu kod kuće. Nedelja je dan za mene. Tada sređujem svoju kosu, nokte, svoj radni prostor i sobu. Nedeljom pišem blog postove za sledeću nedelju i uživam u društvu prijatelja i porodice.

9. Održavajte prostor u kome radite čistim!

Postoji izreka: ” Čist prostor, čist razum!”. Stoga, rasklonite sav lom oko vas. Izbacite sve nepotrebne stvari iz vašeg radnog okruženja! Kreirajte svoj radni prostor tako da vas čini inspirisanim i motivisanim za rad!

10. Vaš sto je vaša kancelarija! 

To što ne idete na posao svaki dan i što radite kod kuće ne znači da trebate ceo dan da provedete u krevetu, noseći pižame i radite svoj posao! Zamislite da je vaš sto ( bio on trpezarijski ili radni), vaša kancelarija! Spremite se za posao  i krenite sa radom! Obucite se lepo i našminkajte ukoliko će vas to motivisati! Tako ćete biti mnogo produktivniji i uspešniji! Ovo je vaš posao, pa se tako i ponašajte! Možete da postignete sve što želite i ostvarite sve svoje snove! Potrebno je samo da verujete u sebe i vredno radite!

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Spaghetti alla Bolognese

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ENG: Hello, my darlings! It’s weekend finally and it’s time to treat yourself a little bit. Is there a better way that by eating some amazing food? Today, I have prepared for you one of my favorite dishes from my favorite international cuisine- Spaghetti alla Bolognese! Like the other Italian dishes, this one is also easy to make but needs a lot of love. My love for my family, for cooking and Italy beyond all, made this dish look and taste amazing!

Ingredients:

  • 500 g spaghetti
  • 2 onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 500 g mixed ground meat
  • 1 liter of  tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • pepper
  • Parmesan
  • oregano
  • dill
  • basil
  • oil
  • salt

Preparation:

Before you start cooking, prepare all the ingredients. Chop carrots and onions into small pieces. In medium size pot, add oil and chopped onion. Cook it until it get golden color. Than add carrots and meat. Cook it until meat is done. While you’re cooking it, add some salt and paper. When you think that meat is cooked, add tomato sauce. At the end of cooking add a little bit of sugar and some more salt. The most important part of cooking for me is taste but also aroma and the smell of the dish. To make a real Italian dish add some herbs like origano, dill and basil.

When the sauce is almost done, boil the spaghetti. When both sauce and spaghetti are done, it’s time for decoration. Put spaghetti on the plate and add sauce on the top of it. Then, add some Parmesan and a small piece of fresh mint or basil.

Now when the dish is done, all you need is to enjoy it!

Buon appetito cari amici! 

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SRB: Dobar dragi  moji! Vikend je konačno tu i vreme je da ugodite sebi i svim svojim čulima! Kako to bolje uraditi nego dobrom hranom! Danas sam za vas pripremila jedno od mojih omiljenih jela, iz meni omiljene inostrane kuhinje- špageti ala Bolonjeze!

Kao i sva italijanska jela, i ova pasta se priprema na jednostavan način uz dosta ljubavi! Moja ljubav prema mojoj porodici kojoj sam spremala ovo jelo, prema kuvanju i pre svega prema Italiji, učinila je da ovo jelo bude fantastičnog izgleda i ukusa.

Potrebno je: 

  • 500 g špageta
  • 2 glavice crnog luka
  • 2 šargarepe
  • 500 g mešanog mlevenog mesa
  • 1l soka od paradajiza, paradaiz pire ili pelat ( po ukusu)
  • 1 kašičica šećera
  • malo bibera
  • parmezan
  • origano
  • mirođija
  • bosiljak
  • ulje
  • so

Priprema: 

Pre početka spremanja pripremite sve sastojke. Iseckajte šargarepu i luk na sitne komade. U šerpu srednje veličine sipajte malo ulja i iseckani crni luk. Propržite luk dok ne dobije zlatnu boju. Potom dodajte šargarepu i zajedno pržite jos minut-dva. Nakon toga u smesu sipajte mleveno meso. Posolite.  Kada se meso dobro uprži zajedno sa ostalim sastojcima, dodajte sok od paradajiza, paradajiz pelar ili pire ( po vašoj želji). Pustite da se sos dobro ukrčka. Kada je sos pri kraju kuvanja dodajte malo soli,biber i  probajte da li je dovoljno slan sos i dodajte još soli ukoliko je potrebno.  Nakon što ste dodali osnovne začine vreme je za začinsko bilje bez koga ovo jelo ne bi bilo to što jeste. Aromu i miris Italije na vašem tanjiru stvorićete dodavanjem origana, mirođije i bosiljka u vaš sos. Dok se sos još uvek polako krčka, u drugu šerpu stavite špagete da se kuvaju po upustvu sa kesice. Bitno je samo da ih ne prekuvate kako bi špagete ostale ” al dente”.

Kada su i sos i špagete skuvani, vreme je za malo dekoracije. Na tanjir stavite špagete i prelijte ih sosom. Preko sosa, dodajte malo rendanog parmezana i sveži list nane ili bosiljka.

Preostaje vam samo da uživate u ovom jelu!

Prijatno!

My cooking inspiration: 

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The most romantic destinations in the world!

ENG: Happy Valentines Day my dear travelers! If you are already in some fancy hotel with your sweetheart, maybe my list is a little bit late. But, you can always  get some new ideas for the next year. I believe if you love someone, every day should be the day of love, not just 14th of February. Therefore, today, on this day that remind us all to love , I wanted to share with you, my list of the most romantic travel destinations in the world.  I hope you ‘re having an amazing day and that you’ll get inspired by this blog post. Happy Valentines day!

P.S. In my country, Serbia, we are celebrating the protector of wine and wine makers today, St Trifun, but also, I’m celebrating my brothers birthday. So there are a lot to celebrate today! So, grab a glass of wine, be with people you love and be grateful for every magical moment in your life!

SRB: Srećan dan zaljubljenih dragi moji putnici. Ukoliko ste vec u nekom finom hotelu, na divnoj destinaciji, sa osobom koju volite, mozda je moj post zakasnio malo. Ali nikada nije na odmet nova ideja za neku romantičnu destinaciju za sledeću godinu. Verujem da ukoliko volite nekoga, svaki dan u godin treba biti dan ljubavi, ne samo ovog famoznog 14-tog februara. Stoga sam danas resila da vam dam neke predloge i ideje gde mozete odvesti svoju voljenu osobu i uzivati u romanticnom okruzenju. Ovo je moja lista najromantičnijih turističkih destinacija na svetu. Želim vam da budete voljeni, inspirisani i uživate u ovom divnom danu.

P.S. Kao što znate u našoj zemlji danas je dan Svetog Trifuna, zaštitnika vina, vinogradara i vinove loze, ali i rođendan moga brata. Stoga danas ima dosta razloga za slavlje, zar ne? Dakle, uzmite čašu najboljeg vina, budite sa svojim voljenima i budite zahvalni na svakom divnom trenutku u vašem životu!

1. Santorini ( Greece) 

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2. Florence ( Italy) 

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3. Colmar ( France) 

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4. Buenos Aires ( Argentina) 

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5. Charleston ( USA) 

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6. Paris ( France) 

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7. Cinque Terre ( Italy) 

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8. Marrakesh ( Morocco)

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9. Seville ( Spain)

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10. Venice ( Italy) 

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11. Bali ( Indonesia) 

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12. Kyoto ( Japan) 

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