What are the effective work from home tips?
To work from home effectively can be a challenge especially if you are not used to it. I have been a small business owner for 30 years. I always had a storefront though until I started my coaching business. Working effectively has always been my thing until this year. 2020 has been a crazy year of course. After closing my hair salon after 13 years where I was still a part-time hairdresser while starting my new business in 2018 as a part-time coach. The pandemic forced me to close my doors and that’s when I decided to go full time and truly get my coaching business going.
Staying effective has been a bitch for me
Trying to keep the focus on the things I needed to accomplish and stay effective when it comes to my work goals has been quite the task. That’s why I thought it would be a good subject. Everything I write about is something I have gone through in the past, am currently going through, or have learned about myself and the struggles I used to have and still have today. Which, in the end always comes down to stress which then affects my digestive system.
You see, being a lifestyle and health integration coach allows me to use all my experiences and knowledge with coaching my clients. I don’t just focus on dietary needs in order to reach their health goals but also their lifestyle. With that comes how to handle stress.
Stress takes away the work from home effectiveness
Stress can affect us in many ways and reflect on our physical and mental wellbeing. I don’t know about you but being forced into doing something such as changing your everyday life like this pandemic has forced us to do, is not something I like in particular, and has added enough stress to everyday life.
At first, though, I was excited to be working from home full time. After all, I love being at home. My thoughts on all of this went a bit like this;
- this will be fun
- it will be more relaxing
- I can work my own schedule
- I love being around my kids full time
- I won’t be distracted, I mean how difficult could this possibly be
- it will be just like at the store just in comfy clothes, without make-up and high heels
- I mean who doesn’t want to just stay home and work in their PJ’s right?
Only little did I know. Keeping my PJ’s on didn’t last long, because not wearing clothes, or make-up I didn’t feel put together, I felt like a lounge party, that made me feel tired, lazy, and unmotivated.
My entire day started out differently and more relaxed and with that came a much more relaxed schedule and routine, which, shortly after became almost non-existent. So yes I was working from home, but definitely not effectively. Amazing how fast things can spiral.
More and more excuses kept creeping up and it kind of went like this;
- oh let me do the laundry now so I don’t have to do it tonight, (how nice to get my laundry done during the day)
- back to work
- let’s make some coffee/tea I need something warm
- back to work
- oh damn, what did he just post on social media?
- going down the rabbit hole
- back to work
- now it’s lunchtime, will make lunch for everyone of course not just myself
- back to work
- dog throws up, guess I have to clean that off the carpet
- let’s take the dog for a walk in case he needs to repeat this crap
- back to work
- My goal and deadline for the day were nonexistent. OH shit!
Do you see where I am going with this? Can you relate in any kind of way?
Measure your effectiveness
Ok maybe I overdid it a bit, but even if it was maybe not quite this bad every day, on a level from 1-10 how distracted are you with 1 being the least and 10 being the most.
Just take a moment and think about this and try to answer that question.
Even if you are level 5, how stressed are you because of your distractions? Where does that put your motivation and effectiveness for the following day?
Stress can affect us in many different ways. The way it affects me is by:
- How I am feeling; usually, I feel very tired and crave comfort foods, foods with sugar
- Nutrition; talk about cravings, I don’t just crave these foods but then I start baking and creating these sweet and delicious comfort foods and then eat them. So now I am not just wasting time in the kitchen while I should be working but I am doubly screwed as I will devour these foods as well. Gain weight, feel uncomfortable…(Read my blog about 5 powerful ways to control your sugar-free diet)
- Performance; damn now my performance is definitely down and I’m behind on my deadlines, which stresses me out even more. Now I am kinda mad at myself, maybe even a little depressed.
It’s a vicious cycle that can be hard to get out of, once you are in it. It’s amazing to me how and when you look at the whole picture, how everything is connected to each other and it always falls back to stress and nutrition.
So, how can we prevent falling into this hole and work more effectively? These 5 tips have helped me to keep myself more effective, less stressed, and more motivated.
My 5 tips to help you work from home effectively:
- Make yourself a dedicated work schedule, and stick with it. For this, I have used a simple paper planner, or google calendar (in my FB Live I accidentally said dedicated workspace which is equally as important, so this should be my bonus tip :))
- Shut off your social media notifications. I have caught myself running down the rabbit hole way too many times, this kind of distraction is insane, you don’t even realize how fast time flies and how much time you can waste on there.
- Prepare your lunch and everyone else the night before or the morning of before you get to work, (just like you used to when you used to leave for work) this way you don’t spend hours in the kitchen preparing during your lunch break.
- Get dressed even if it is casual, don’t stay in your PJ’s, then add a little something extra, for me blow drying my hair makes me feel complete, but now that my hair is longer I do wear it in a ponytail every other day. Do what makes you feel complete, if that means you need to put on lipstick, or wear high heels, do that as well. Most important though, is just to get dressed.
- Have a talk with your family members, make sure you are all on the same page, work together as a team (at least your partner and you, it gets a bit tough with little kids). This way you can stick to your schedule without too many interruptions and you know what you can expect from your day ahead.
Once you start taking these 5 tips and put them to work, I promise you things will start turning around, you will be more on point and less stressed. You will actually work more effectively again, be less distracted, and less stressed. You will feel like yourself again.
In case your struggles continue:
If you are still struggling with working more effectively after giving these 5 tips a chance, I would suggest sitting down to make a list of all the things that have been distracting you from your work, and a list of the things you have been doing instead of your work. Then create a list of the things you think could help you with avoiding these distractions and go from there.
We are all different and have different lifestyles from another, so adjusting these tips of mine to better fit your lifestyle is totally ok after I want you to get as much out of this as possible.
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