How To Survive Working From Home

Coronavirus (Covid-19) has had a global impact. It has disrupted all our lives in some way or another.  Holidays have been cancelled, cruise ships unable to dock, the general public asked to self-isolate and many thousands of people now having to work from home.

Let’s be honest, working from home sounds like a dream.  You don’t have to put up with crowded commutes, you don’t have to sit in a noisy office, and you’re not tied to 9 – 5 office hours.

What you can do is have a leisurely breakfast, get your household chores done then start work. Heck, you can even work in your pyjamas if you like. Yahoo!

 If you’ve never worked from home it sounds like fun, right? 

 But, is that really the reality?

I’m not going to lie. It can be fun, initially. Especially if it’s only for a few days.  Most people can cope.  But if it goes on for weeks, things can become very different.

Here’s why. 

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Set a Weekly Rhythm to Avoid Burnout

Being able to fly by the seat of your pants is an attribute that spontaneous people love. Unfortunately, it is also a common cause of stress, chronic fatigue, and burnout. Working without a schedule can place unnecessary stress on entire families, which can easily be avoided without having to lose your love of spontaneity.

Every week has a rhythm. It is generally accepted that Monday is the first day of the week, and that the week ends on Sunday. Some calendars based in certain religious faiths claim Sunday to be the beginning of the week. No matter where you begin or end your week, there is a rhythm and cycle that the week follows.

Within that week lies the plans for activities and various expectations that fall on you and your family. Sorting through those activities and expectations and finding a designated day of the week for them can help reduce stress and burnout.

Let’s take a look:

Everyone expects certain activities to be on the to-do list. Items like work, school, and...

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The 90 Minute Rule

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Finding time to work on your own stuff as a business owner can be challenging. Whatever line of work your in, chances are you will still have emails to answer, invoices to raise, marketing your own business, the list goes on.   If you're not quite ready to take on the services of a virtual assistant, which you should seriously consider, here are 5 simple steps to help you get through your own business tasks.

Step 1: Block off 90 minutes every day

It doesn't matter when in the day you block off your 90 minutes, just ensure that that 90 minutes is only for you.  I find first thing in the morning is my best time.

Step 2: Stay focused

Do not become distracted with emails, text messages, phone calls or anything else. Switch all your distractions off.  If you're not planning on emailing, close your inbox down. Switch your phone to voicemail. Get it into your head that THESE 90 minutes are YOURS.  Barricade yourself into a room if you have to if you...

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