Hey there, do you work from home…or do you want to? First, let me say this (or entrepreneurship) isn’t for everybody so please don’t feel like this is the be-all-and-end-all of career formats…’cause it’s not.
It’s a possibility.
Today’s video shares some tips for anyone making the step from busy on the road to working quietly from home, plus a sisterly ‘pep talk’ at the end in case you’d like to scroll ahead for some encouragement.
As a lifelong traveller and former hot-footer, by the second or third work-from-home week in 2012, I was just about ready to bite my nails down to my elbows. I’d gotten into the habit of packing my days with travel-time and studio sessions. Wholesome meals were few and far between and sleep was barely invited over even just to say ‘hi.’
To say the shift was a challenge would be an understatement, but focusing on the good, it came with new lessons, a fresh set of skills, a new perspective of life and a more refined character.
You are more than your career and whether you’re working in a corporate office, group setting or from your home, there’s a purpose for your life that goes way beyond business. When you work from home you have to butter the bread on both sides; tend to your home while minding your business.
Consider these five things. Your:
- entrepreneurial mindset (manage your business, not the other way around)
- ideal business hours (business boundaries)
- designated workspace (or work zones)
- patience level and proactive attitude
Whatever your work format, whether employee or entrepreneur, approach your career or design your business in a way that harmonizes with your wellness.
Sooo…do I miss travelling? Yes please…but I didn’t so much for a while. There were a few trips in between and those were cool. Travel before 2012 meant shuttle, hotel and stage straight from and before the airport – sometimes after a quick trip to the mall. My passport was constantly perched in my purse, ready for those calls that could come at any time, quickly followed by a ticket and plump itinerary. God willing, the next time/s I travel, it will include some exploring, r&r, charitable work, hot drink sipping and floral dress shopping along the way.
‘Til then, I’m giving thanks and enjoying redecorating my home office.
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By the way, this blog was and is one of the highlights that came to fruition after I started working (mostly) from home.
Ideally, what would you like more time to tend to. Can you set aside 10-15 minutes each day to work on it?
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