Where was this article when I was working from home for a year and a half?! I'm glad I found it, though, because I still work from home one day per week and my routine and health go out the window on this day.
I work from home on some days, other days I am in the field (which changes day to day), this is new to me as of Aug. I find myself not feeling I put enough hours in, eat at computer, and making other not so good decisions. I really do need to figure out my routine that can include morning exercise and well plan eating. Hope I can make these changes.
I am proof that working at home is not always as cut and dry (simple) as one might like it to be. As a homeschooler of two boys and business partner to my husband I have found myself out of balance on occassion. So what I've learned to do is take a moment (or a day if I think I need it) and stop everything to regroup. I know that if I do to much I won't be able to do anything at all and I don't want to get to that point (been there and back already).
The keys for me have been making lists, setting priorities, being flexible and knowing when to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. I used to carry a lot of guilt about not getting done everything I thought need to get done in one day, but I realized a while back that it's only necessary to get something accomplished and keep moving forward. Recognizing my own limitations has helped me to set better boundaries (like not buying a box of brownies to keep at home but buying one brownie while I'm out and enjoying it.) I call it being kind to myself so I can be kind to everyone else.
Reality is, nothings perfect but everything can be good if you have a positive perspective to keep you moving forward. It all starts at home.
I'm lucky enough to work from a home office in Florida. (Yeah, right?) From the start I knew I had to set up a routine. I was just grateful that it didn't have to include an hour's commute each way, like before! So, I'm up at 6:30, make coffee, empty dishwasher, and hit the road for a 2.5-mile walk before breakfast. Then breakfast and Sparking, shower at 8:30, and hit the computer at 9. I take lunch by the pool when it's nice out, then quit around 6 or so for ST and another walk before dinner. Works for me!
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