Written by Lynn Scheurell So, along with my new-found extreme flexibility in adapting to each day, one of the things I've come to remember – as my life is busy doing – is that just because I CAN doesn't mean that I SHOULD In fact, it's an inversely proportionate relationship that states the [...]
You can walk the children and take the dog to school; or something like that. This also fits in the money saving category as the dog-walker and childminder costs can be high but it is so important to your overall quality of life we have given it a heading of it’s own. For some people being able to take their children to and from school is one of working from homes biggest gifts. I read somewhere recently that children spell love TIME so to all of you doing the school run, it is worth more than you think
It is easy to get lonely; should this one have gone at the top? This might be one of the key dislikes of people working from home. One way around it is to make sure you factor more friends time during your non-work hours. Another is to use the video function on your VoIP package to really connect with people during the day. Talk to as many people as you can on the phone; rather than sending lengthy emails give someone a call and chat it through. Just voice to voice contact is enough to take you out of your isolation of you, your laptop and the wall; remember the only place it is ok to talk to a wall is on social media sites
Most of the people you admire, respect, want to be or want to be like will be inspired by something. The slim fit friend is inspired by good health, the well-read friend is inspired by knowledge, the friend with the interesting social life is inspired by new things and the popular friend is inspired by a love of people. The successful person is inspired by greatness.
So next time you are working from home (or the office) spend the first five minutes in silent thought finding your inspiration. What is pulling you forward; that magnetic force that draws you to it?
In my previous home I converted the master bedroom into my office. Why? Because it had a balcony, overlooked the main square which was a hive of activity during the day, was the brightest lightest room I had and it had an adjoining bathroom. It was also one side of the kitchen and front door while all the other rooms were the other side, meaning someone could come for a meeting without going through my home. Quite a plus if you are going to have visitors. I remember going to a meeting at another person’s home office and being taken through the most untidy, unloved living room I had ever seen to get to the office which was cluttered and over-crowded; we have never done business again. Did I get the right impression; no. Do I make the right impression; I hope so!
I have worked from home on different projects and some are most definitely head-down, ‘is that the time, goodness I better go to bed’ days and others are more the ‘find yourself at the gym and picking up dry-cleaning’ category. When I am engaged in a project that has my interest and attention I could work on the hard shoulder of a busy road and still be effective. When I am elsewhere mentally I may as well be physically too, because keeping focus is like trying to push water uphill.