Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Working From Home- The Real Struggle



Blissful... that's what you think when you hear someone works from home, right? You automatically get those visions of that person in their pajamas all day, not getting out of bed until noon, having their house clean at all times and enjoying every Netflix show available. What you probably don't see are all the challenges and obstacles that come from working from home. 

Let's just start off by being truthful and saying I do in fact have some of those BLISSFUL days. The ones where I don't wake up until Kinley does and I refuse to do anything productive. However, I can not run a successful business like that and I will not get very far in my career with a mindset like that. 

I strived for years to be able to work from home. Every New Years Day I would put it on my vision board. I imagined what it would be like to have no one telling me when to be somewhere. To have complete control over my own schedule. Most importantly, not putting on my bra until it was absolutely not an option to go without. A short 1.5 years ago I was able to make that dream my reality. I work from home full time. I don't say that I am a stay at home mom because Kinley still goes to her grandmas at least 3 times per week. We are very blessed that they live so close. 

Maybe it is just my personality. Maybe I am the only person that works from home that struggles. I have a hard time believing that though, this has to be a common thing. I will continue to tell myself that when things get hard. 

Looking from the outside in... you don't see the struggles. I surely never did. 

When your given that much freedom in your schedule you start to take advantage of it. You become extremely relaxed in your daily routine. That's where I was until about a two months ago. I had NO ROUTINE. I was still very productive but it came in spurts. It is easy to become disconnected and lazy when you are working from home. You have to become very self disciplined and strict with your routine. For some people, like myself, that is not something that I was wired with; I had to train my brain to work from home. 

Working from home is truly a BLESSING. I can be with my family when ever I choose. I can take vacations whenever we want. I can now stay at home in bed when I am feeling under the weather and not feel guilty about calling in sick. Working from home is something to STRIVE for but it is also something that you are going to have to WORK to keep!


Here are some of the tips and tricks that I have learned over the past year


1)  Get up and get READY. 

Just because you work from home doesn't mean you have an excuse to not get ready for the day. Getting yourself ready shifts your mindset. So get up take a shower and put on real clothes. Yes... I mean put on a BRA. While the pajamas and no bra thing is comfortable it also tricks your brain into thinking it is time to rest. 

2) SET A SCHEDULE 

Tell your time how it is going to be spent. Allocate time for house work, social media, Netflix, etc. If you don't have a plan for your day your day will get away from you. Start with housework in the morning so it wont be a distraction to you during the day. Set your work hours and try to stay active during those times. Knowing the hours that you are the most productive is key. I am not a morning person but can really crank out some work before lunch! 

3) USE A PLANNER

I literally can not live life with out my planner. I vacation with my planner, I run errands with my planner. It goes every where with me. Not only do I have my schedule in my planner but  I also have my goals, to do lists, inspirational quotes, etc. It keeps me on track! Here is the one I use it is called the Law of Attraction Planner and you can find it here www.manifistationplanner.com

4) WORK IN A CLEAN AND COMFORTABLE AREA

Have a space in your home that is designated for you to work. Allow that space to reflect your personality. Add items that inspire you and give you joy. Pictures of your family, inspirational quotes, flowers, etc.  If you don't have a good space in your home that you can get motivated in try going to a library, or a park and working for a few hours. I love the library!

5) MAKE TIME TO ENGAGE WITH YOUR KIDS

If you have children at home make sure you give them your time as well. I mean that's why we work from home right, to spend more time with our kids. Think of their schedules when you create yours. Don't let your day get away and feel guilt for not being present with them.  

6) SET BOUNDARIES

I think one of the hardest things about working from home is that everybody thinks your just watching Netflix. You have to let your loved ones know that you have office hours and what they can expect from you during those hours. If you are trying to crush some goals and get stuff done let them know that you are going to need some non interrupted time. They don't know what you do unless you share it with them. Be open and transparent. 



If your working from home or just a stay at home mommy trying to find some structure, keep your head up! You can do this and it can be an enjoyable experience. <3

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