Home Office Blues

I don’t know about you but with the new year comes the urge to reorganize my office.  While Belinda was home, I managed to move my office around, clean out some drawers and set things up so that “the office” looks like MY Thirty One office.  I LOVE working from home AND for myself.  For some, the thought of working from home can be exciting but it can come at a cost if you aren’t used to working on your own.  I mean, think about how long you have worked in the corporate environment interacting with people ALL day long?

Working from home, you may be tempted to roll out of bed and NOT get dressed.  I mean who is going to see you, right?  Have you set office hours that family and friends are aware of to ensure that you take time to focus on your work?  According to a recent article, if speaking with clients or customers on the phone all day isn’t enough to fill the void left behind when you say goodbye to a regular dose of water cooler gossip and friendly luncheons – here are some suggestions…

Beware of the home office “rut”.  Short commute – walk down the hall to your office.  Sitting behind your desk or computer all day can be exhausting! You may not feel like going out to socialize or network.  So, on come the pajamas (maybe they never came off) and the television and poof! …you’re a hermit! Scheduling is the trick here – making commitments in advance and sticking to them.

Schedule simple outings for a few evenings during the week. This is easy to do if you are in direct sales and do home parties.  It is also important to just socialize – go to a friend’s home, meet someone at a coffee house or for a walk, take in a movie. Kids?  Schedule a date night with your significant other.

Make the most of your weekend.  There’s a kid inside of all of us who needs to come out to play. What do you most enjoy? What takes the pressure off? Don’t lose sight of your playful side and life will be less stressful.  

Get up, get dressed, and get out.  Okay, so this is a little tough for me.  I mean I get up and get dressed but getting out is not always easy.  I need to get out – Dress for work and get out of the house every day.

Attend mid-day networking events. Daytime socialization offers great benefits. It breaks patterns, builds business and offers a reminder of why you do what you do.  Speaking with other business owners will rekindle your passion and build your experience. LOVE my Entrepreneurial Think Tank for Moms group!

Invite your social media friends to share in a virtual cup of coffee. Many of us have “good friends” who we’ve never even met in person.  I LOVE this idea!!!

Avoid “bad” foods and get exercise.  If you tend toward feelings of isolation and loneliness, sugary, carb-filled foods will take you closer to the edge. Stock up on healthy choices and get into a routine that keeps you fit and happy. Schedule in daily power walks, trips to the gym or another form of exercise. It clears the mind, releases stress and supports healthy brain chemistry. No time? Don’t believe it! You will be far more productive when your body is happy and healthy.  My problem isn’t bad foods – it is not eating.  As for exercise – time to add this to my day starting NOW!

Find a work buddy. This is a fun idea…If you have peers and friends nearby who also work from home, from time-to-time one camp in the other’s office for a few hours. It provides a simple sense of camaraderie and a mock office environment that feeds the need for the “team” experience. To make this work, set your ground rules, which will include a “do not interrupt” clause. We usually take mini breaks about once an hour to ask questions, exchange ideas or just have a good laugh.  Who wants to be my work buddy?

Even if you don’t have the blues – these are some great ways to keep you motivated and the excitement in your home office routine.  What solutions have you found?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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