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10 tips to help you work from home effectively

baby elephantWorking from home is not always easy; in fact it can be a real test of focus when you have kids in the background, dishes on the counter or your personal phone ringing off the hook.

So how do you stay focussed when it comes to working from home?  After 5 years of working in my home office I have found a few tricks to keep my nose to the ground and help accomplish my goals. 

 

  1.  Get up and get ready!  When you get dressed for the day, your hair is done and your makeup is on (or guys you have a shave) then you will be more inclined to jump to those last minute meetings that come up!  If you are starting the day in your PJ’s without even washing your face, you may just postpone that last minute meeting that comes up and guess what, you have just procrastinated! 

    "Procrastination is opportunity's natural assassin." ~Victor Kia

  2. Make a List – you got it, the old tried and true.  So why do so few of us do it!?  Each morning (or if I am really feeling organized, the night before) I write down a list of the most important things I need to get done that day.  Then I FOCUS on that list until it is done!  You will find in doing this that by the end of the day you will feel less stressed and more fulfilled about all that you accomplished. 

  3. Have a separate email account for Work from Personal.  Emails can take so much time, and take you off focus from your tasks at hand.  I have found that having an email specifically for my business helps separate what needs to be done, and what is socially important, (ask yourself, will the socially important emails make me any money answering them during work hours?) 

  4. Take a break.  Breaks will actually relax the mind and prepare you to be more effective for the rest of the day.  Breaks are also known to help stimulate ideas, imagination, and make work more enjoyable!  So take a quick break, stand up, stretch, go outside and get some fresh air.  Breaking at your desk doesn’t count.   

  5. Don’t eat lunch alone!  The very essence of life is learning from others, sharing ideas, communicating and laughing.  If you eat lunch alone you may just be missing out on your next great idea!  There is even a book entitled “Never Eat Lunch Alone” http://www.amazon.ca/Never-Eat-Alone-Secrets-Relationship/dp/0385512058  and it is a best seller, so they must be on to something. 

  6. Exercise.  Seems that people that exercise on work days are Happier, suffer less stress and are more productive http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1095783/People-exercise-work-days-happier-suffer-stress-productive.html.  I know when I get up in the morning to go for a run, or go to a yoga class during my lunch hour, I find that it clears my head, stimulates my mind to remember important things that need to get done as well as being creative with new things to increase my business.  Start with a walk, and go from there.

  7. Give back to your community.  Get involved, volunteer at your school, church, or a networking group in your area.  It will not only be a great thing for your community, but it will also introduce you to new people.  Allow a certain amount of time each week to the group then STICK WITH IT (the time allotment to your volunteer time that is)  don’t get sucked into hours of extra work, instead give back to feel a sense of community.

  8. Watch a motivational video, or read a motivational blog to keep you going when you feel you can’t pick up the phone one more time! 

  9. Look at the traffic and the cost of gas and be thankful you get to work from home!  There are over 3.5 million people in north America that spend more than three hours a day commuting to and from work (they call this extreme commuting)!  The average in Toronto is 80 minutes and overall North American Average is 50 minutes. 

  10. And the 10thbiggest tip to working from home…write down all your achievements at the end of the day, look yourself in the mirror and congratulate yourself on a job well done today. 

  11. BONUS... OK, it is hard to stop at 10… Write down daily, weekly and monthly goals along with your annual goals and Celebrate them! 

So why the baby elephant?  If anything we thought it would put a smile on your face... did you know the elephant has the largest brain in the animal kingdom? 

 

Make a List – you got it, the old tried and true.  So why do so few of us do it!?  Each morning (or if I am really feeling organized, the night before) I write down a list of the most important things I need to get done that day.  Then I FOCUS on that list until it is done!  You will find in doing this that by the end of the day you will feel less stressed and more fulfilled about all that you accomplished.

Have a separate email account for Work from Personal.  Emails can take so much time, and take you off focus from your tasks at hand.  I have found that having an email specifically for my business helps separate what needs to be done, and what is socially important, (ask yourself, will the socially important emails make me any money answering them during work hours?)

Take a break.  Breaks will actually relax the mind and prepare you to be more effective for the rest of the day.  Breaks are also known to help stimulate ideas, imagination, and make work more enjoyable!  So take a quick break, stand up, stretch, go outside and get some fresh air.  Breaking at your desk doesn’t count.   

Don’t eat lunch alone!  The very essence of life is learning from others, sharing ideas, communicating and laughing.  If you eat lunch alone you may just be missing out on your next great idea!  There is even a book entitled “Never Eat Lunch Alone” http://www.amazon.ca/Never-Eat-Alone-Secrets-Relationship/dp/0385512058  and it is a best seller, so they must be on to something.

Exercise.  Seems that people that exercise on work days are Happier, suffer less stress and are more productive http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1095783/People-exercise-work-days-happier-suffer-stress-productive.html.  I know when I get up in the morning to go for a run, or go to a yoga class during my lunch hour, I find that it clears my head, stimulates my mind to remember important things that need to get done as well as being creative with new things to increase my business.  Start with a walk, and go from there.

Give back to your community.  Get involved, volunteer at your school, church, or a networking group in your area.  It will not only be a great thing for your community, but it will also introduce you to new people.  Allow a certain amount of time each week to the group then STICK WITH IT (the time allotment to your volunteer time that is)  don’t get sucked into hours of extra work, instead give back to feel a sense of community.

Watch a motivational video, or read a motivational blog to keep you going when you feel you can’t pick up the phone one more time! 

Look at the traffic and the cost of gas and be thankful you get to work from home!  There are over 3.5 million people in north America that spend more than three hours a day commuting to and from work (they call this extreme commuting)!  The average in Toronto is 80 minutes and overall North American Average is 50 minutes. 

And the 10thbiggest tip to working from home…write down all your achievements at the end of the day, look yourself in the mirror and congratulate yourself on a job well done today. 

OK, it is hard to stop at 10… Write down daily, weekly and monthly goals along with your annual goals and Celebrate them! 

 

 

  

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