At Central Comm, we work with Municipalities, Physicians, Attorneys, Medical supply offices, Real Estate Agents, Property Managers and more. Every single one of these professions can be very rewarding, but they can also be quite stressful. If there is a way to make any career choice or professional life go a little more smoothly, give you a little more time to enjoy life and work less, we look for those avenues.
One way to lessen stress, for many people, especially inSouthern California, is to eliminate the commute and work at home.
Even though Boston College reports approximately two-thirds of people believe working at home is a positive influence on job success, work/life balance, and job commitment, those of us who use a home office understand the difficulties associated with productivity. A home office means there will be a mingling of personal home responsibilities and those that are demanded by your career. Just how to maintain a semblance of balance in these two significant parts of our lives is a secret sought by stay at home parents and telecommuters. Some have even found the solution.
So, here are some thoughts on things you can do, from scheduling to keeping your energy up.
Pick work times that fit your body’s schedule.
It is illogical to think you will do six hours of parenting, two hours of exercise and eight hours of work all during traditional work hours. One of the reasons you opted for a home office is to be able to do all your work, personal and professional, throughout the day. Create a schedule that will work for you. Anne Rice, the author of the “Vampire Chronicles,” slept in the daytime and worked at night, theoretically to remove distractions. The schedule you adopt must include those hours when you are the most alert and creative. To stay alert during a long workday, it may be best to schedule a nap to re-energize your body. For most of the rest of us, that may mean getting up early and working before everyone else gets up and before you have to get the children off to school. Then in the afternoon, hit the hiking trails or the park before you head home. While they do their homework, you can jump back on to your own work.
Have A Cup Of Joe
Caffeine has a long list of positive health benefits, which is why it has become the go-to drink of the work-at-home professional. Caffeine is a stimulant, so a cup of coffee will help keep you awake and alert. If you are working your own schedule and balancing home and career responsibilities, then you may need this little boost throughout the day. Instead of a pot of coffee or a kettle of tea heating all day, a single cup coffee maker may be a good investment. There is even evidence that this caffeine lift can make you smarter. Caffeine blocks neuro-inhibitors, making your brain function faster. Instead of the afternoon slump, have an afternoon java jolt.
Maintain Your Goals
The to-do list is the tool of choice for the work-at-home pro. Being productive is all about maintaining and hitting your goals. Prioritize your work daily. Create a list of what needs to be accomplished throughout the day. As things come up, use the Two-Minute Rule. Coined by author and business consultant David Allen, the rule says that if you can handle it in two minutes or less, then do it. If not, prioritize it. Using this idea, everything either gets scheduled or is completed immediately.
Juan Casimiro, entrepreneur and founder of the nonprofit business incubator Casimiro Global Foundation, believes people are driven not only by personal success but by the success of communities. This focus of community success is part of the definition of happiness and is integral to personal productivity. There is a large body of evidence showing happy workers are productive workers. Keeping yourself happy requires you look at the important things in life, assessing your success against them. If you chose to stay home because you wanted to be with the kids, then make this a priority and revel in your time with them. The money may not be there, but the joy will more than make up for it.
Whichever methods you choose, don’t be afraid to add or subtract things from your schedule, and please make sure there is room in your day to take care of yourself by eating well and getting some form of exercise. Give Central Comm a call. Try us out for the free trial period and see how much our services can help you to work more effectively.