Guest Post by Kimi Clark
Are you interested in a work from home career?
What used to be a far-fetched dream for so many people has now become reality, thanks to the power of the internet.
But it’s not without its challenges.
And while the temptation to curl up in front of the TV and eat Ghirardelli Chocolates all day is a strong one, there are things you can do to keep your work at home journey operating smoothly…and thus not wind up in a chocolate coma.
One of the most important things you can do to deal with the day-to-day operations is have a positive mindset.
Here are few things that’ll really help you in your quest to work from home.
7 Keys to Having a Positive Mindset While Working from Home
Believe You Can Do This
If you don’t have faith in yourself and believe in your capabilities, no matter how much anyone else does, you will fail.
Your partner, best friend, or even boss (if you have one) can think the world of you, but they can’t do the work for you! Working from home means you need to feel confident in your abilities.
Sometimes that means being your own biggest fan, which might seem a little conceited…but it’s not.
The truth is, we generally listen to what we tell ourselves more than we listen to what others say about us.
So here’s your official permission to become your biggest cheerleader!
Be Proud of Doing Things Your Way and Going Against the Grain
Although there are many people working from home these days, they might not be in your neck of the woods.
Small towns (and smaller-minded people) might look down on your decision to work from home (most likely because they’re jealous!)
Be proud of your choice, and ignore the naysayers!
Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
There will always be someone out there doing things faster, better, or making more money than you.
Looking at them and constantly comparing yourself will not only keep you insanely jealous, but it actually will stagnate your productivity.
‘If I can’t compete, why even try?’
Don’t go there.
You’ll never live up to that vision you hold of someone who you think has it all together (and trust me, they probably don’t), so why let that negativity rule in your head?
Boot it out ASAP!
Have a Work Schedule
Having a set work schedule will not only help keep you focused, but it will also help alleviate the feeling of ‘I’m not doing enough’.
When you can look at the time you’ve spent working, even if you’re not getting an entire project completed, you can still feel good about working on it for a specified amount of time.
It’s also easier to stick to working when your time is scheduled because you know you only have a certain amount of time to get stuff done!
Work in What’s Comfortable
Get dressed up or stay in your PJ’s?
I’ve heard the pros say it repeatedly, get dressed up before you start working. You’ll feel better and get more accomplished.
That, my friends, isn’t fact….it’s a matter of opinion.
Sure, if you do see clients, then obviously you have to look presentable.
But if you totally work at home alone, you’re free to do what works for you…and not have to feel guilty about it!
I work the best when I get up, grab my coffee, and head straight to my laptop.
Showering and getting dressed can wait if I’m not going anywhere…simple as that.
It works for me, but you have to do what works for you.
If getting dressed up in your best business duds helps motivate you, then go for it!
For me, all I need is my coffee and my slippers (and slippers are optional!) 🙂
Allow Yourself Time Off and Breaks
Just like if you were working a traditional job, you need breaks now and then.
Time to step away from the computer, grab a cup of coffee, take a walk around the neighbor hood, or read a chapter of a good book…whatever works for you.
Just give your mind a little reprieve from your work load.
Regular vacations are also a must, even if they’re only for a day.
Take a daycation! (Totally thought I just made that up, was so proud of myself…thanks for putting me in my place, Google!)
It will help the feeling of overwhelm and keep you from getting bogged down.
Schedule Household Duties
It’s SO TEMPTING to jump into a household project or do a chore or two that needs to be done during your work time.
And while I think for the most part it doesn’t hurt to throw in a load of laundry in the morning or while you grab lunch, several little chores add up to a decent chunk of time, and that really takes a bite out of your day.
I try and think of it like this: If I was working outside the house, I wouldn’t be here to fold that laundry or load the dishwasher. So if it’s during the time I set aside for work hours, it can wait.
I have to admit, that is really challenging for me as a career stay at home mom. I’m so used to caring for the kids and doing household chores during the day simultaneously that it takes a tremendous amount of willpower for me to leave things undone and walk away.
That’s where having teenagers helps out! 🙂
If you can delegate a few chores then by all means, do it. I figure, they help mess things up, so they can help clean up, am I right?
Get Out of the House Regularly
This one is important.
Working at home can be lonely and isolating.
You need to get out into the real world every so often.
If you can take your work with you, head down to the local coffee shop, library, or your favorite lunch spot. If not, just schedule a lunch date once a week with a friend. You’ll be refreshed and ready to tackle tasks when you return.
Stay Connected With People and Find Online Support
This goes along with the whole lonely and isolating theme above.
You have to be sure to make connections so you can have the support you need in your work at home journey.
Find a mentor, join a Facebook group with like-minded business people (just don’t get sucked in to Facebook for too long…total time sucker! And yes, I’m speaking from experience!)
When you feel connected rather than isolated you’re more likely to be encouraged and keep a positive mindset.
Well there you have it! I hope these 7 Keys to Having a Positive Mindset While Working from Home will help you in your work from home journey.
Do you have any tips to add to the list? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Guest post by Kimi Clark, writer and founder of the MomShoppingNetwork.com.