How To Stay Motivated and Focused When Working From Home

How To Stay Motivated and Focused When Working From Home

How To Stay Motivated and Focused When Working From Home

People have this romantic view of working from home: working from wherever is comfortable, in fuzzy pajamas and slippers, with the freedom to do whatever you want. The reality is – it’s rarely that easy. Sure, there’s comfort, but there are tons of distractions too – distractions that usually don’t exist if you work outside your home.

The distractions just might be endless: TV, social media, a pet. Even the dishes or the laundry make good distractions if you’re not totally energized (procrastination, anyone?). The worst distraction though, is probably the complete loss of motivation and concentration.

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How To Stay Motivated and Focused When Working From Home

Six Tips to Stop Motivation Dives

Fear not. There are ways to avoid the distractions and loss of motivation that can be troublesome when working from home.

    1. Make some effort in starting your day.
      Start your day not with a bowl of cereal in front of your computer with the first cup of coffee, but by getting dressed, as if you are going to work. It is harder to be focused and motivated when you are still in your pajamas. Make yourself breakfast and sit down to eat it before you move on to work. Then, move into your work space for the day and get started.
    2. Set up a specific place to work and set up your computer for fewer motivation-killing distractions.
      Curling up on the couch (or in bed!) with your computer and phone may be comfy, but chances are, that’s also setting yourself up for distractions. I tend to scroll Facebook more when I am working somewhere other than at my desk.Put your computer in a spot where you’ll be comfortable, but able to focus and work. For me, it’s at my desk. Add things to your work space that will help you concentrate – like headphones, if needed, and a white board. Make sure you have the right tools for the job too, whether that’s your computer and planner, or tools you need to create physical items.
    3. Track how you spend your time.
      There are a variety of task tracking tools meant to help you manage your time. RescueTime is one you can look into. Let it run in the background of your computer and then analyze where it says you’re spending your time. What comes out of that analysis can help you to arrange your tasks so you get more done when your energy is high and you’re motivated. It can also show you where your distractions are causing issues that lead to frustration.Don’t let yourself just scroll Facebook during your work time. It’s not actually work. Really. If you use Google Chrome for your browser, you can download an extension called Kill News Feed that will literally kill your Facebook newsfeed so you can’t scroll when it is turned on. You can still access your page, groups, etc, but you won’t be able to waste time scrolling your newsfeed until you turn it back on. Pretty handy, huh!
    4. Structure your task list to work with your energy.
      This is a big one. The transition from office work with other people and outside motivation to working from home can be a strange one. For some, it’s harder to focus and there are massive energy spikes and lulls. That’s why it’s very important to work as your concentration allows it. Don’t force it, because that will kill your motivation and your work won’t be fun or enjoyable. Forcing yourself to work only leads to frustration and more trouble concentrating. It’s an annoying loop that’s tough to get out of sometimes.
    5. Be flexible with that task list.
      If you find that a task is taking longer than it should, or you’re finishing projects more quickly than expected, it’s important to acknowledge that and be okay with changing up your project list. It is great when you can clear it more quickly than expected, and it’s a drag when you realize you can’t get everything done that you want to, but don’t put more pressure on yourself when things are difficult. Accept it and just keep moving.
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    7. Schedule breaks and take them.
      Plan something fun and energizing for a specific break time. Schedule it, and guard that scheduled time. When you know that you have a break coming up, it’s often easier to concentrate and get more done. Anticipation is a fabulous motivator. You might be shocked to find out just how much you can achieve when you know you have fun time coming up.

      Also, it’s easy to forget to eat when you’re working from home, so make sure that you occasionally take a break to eat and get something to drink so you stay hydrated.

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What are some of your biggest motivation blocks when you’re working from home? What do you do to overcome those blocks? Leave me a comment – I’d love to know!

My 2019 Word of the Year and Why I Chose It

My 2019 Word of the Year and Why I Chose It

Every year I choose a word of the year. It is a word that I want to focus on for the upcoming year. I do this instead of making new year’s resolutions. For 2017 my word was Growth and for 2018 my word was Freedom. These words ended up fitting their respective years perfectly.

A look at the past

2017 was a year of growth for me, especially business wise. In 2017, I finished out my first year of teaching special ed instead of pre-k; I started a new web design business and learned a lot from it; I started a new direct sales business which took off and grew like crazy; and overall had a year of change and growth.

Freedom was a perfect fit for 2018. My new direct sales business gave me the freedom to be able to quit my teaching job and work from home. And what a blessing that has been! I am not sure how I would have managed to get through my first trimester with pretty bad morning sickness while teaching full time. It was definitely the freedom I needed.

I also was able to take my husband on a really nice vacation to Jamaica using money I made from my business. It was amazing to be able to have the freedom to go on that vacation without worrying about the cost!

My 2019 Word of the Year and Why I Chose It

My 2019 Word of the Year and why I chose it

And this year. My 2019 word of the year. This year my word is Discipline.

This year I am choosing the word discipline because it’s something I desperately need more of in all areas of my life. I am often not a very disciplined person, maybe even more so now that I am working from home and at home all day with the freedom to do what I want.

My home life needs more discipline: taking care of the laundry regularly instead of waiting for it to pile up and we’re running out of underwear (someone tell me I’m not the only one who does this); doing the dishes every day instead of letting them sit in the sink for days; cleaning the bathrooms before the get disgusting; and generally keeping up with housework and doing what I know needs to be done around the house, even though I don’t always want to do it. It takes discipline.

My business life also needs more discipline: sending hostess packets to my hosts each month and keeping up with mailings in a timely manner; hostess coaching and partnering with my hosts; chatting with those interested about the business opportunity instead of making excuses; writing the blog posts that I say I’m going to write; keeping up with my social media posts since I am running an online business; cleaning my office and keeping it organized instead of letting it get messier and messier; and actually doing the work that I know I need to do to run my business instead of wasting so much time scrolling Facebook or Instagram or Pinterest. It takes discipline.

In just a few months (June) I am due with my first baby. I don’t want him/her (we should find out soon!) to grow up and learn to be lazy and undisciplined like me. It is important to me that I set a good example for my child. I want to be able to create routines and have the schedule that my baby needs. It will take discipline. I know that I need to work on this NOW and not wait another moment.

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Your turn!

2019 is my year of discipline. What about you? What is your word for the year? Why did you choose it? Tell me in a comment below!

3 Simple Ways to Be More Productive

3 Simple Ways to Be More Productive

We all could some tips to be more productive, amiright? You know, you get on your computer planning being super productive and get lots of work done…but then Facebook. An hour later, after you’ve caught up on all 101 groups you are in, you decide you really need to get down to business, but then you realize you left some laundry in the washer you need to take care of. Or your kids are still up and it’s past their bedtime. Or *insert a thousand different reasons here.* Sometimes you get to the end of the day and realize you really haven’t done any work at at all.

3 Simple Ways to Be More Productive

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Set a timer

If you’re having trouble getting started and getting down to business, set a timer for 25 minutes (or however long you choose). Work for those 25 minutes, then let yourself take a 5 minute break before setting the timer again and working for another 25 minutes. This technique actually has a name… the Pomodoro Technique. Traditionally, the timer is set for 25 minutes, but you can set it for longer if you think that works better for you. After a few work sessions you can give yourself a longer break.

Having a set (short) time to get work done can help you be more productive, less distracted, and give more attention to the work that needs to be done. Try it and let me now how it goes! Having a set (short) time to get work done can help you be more productive and less distracted. Click To Tweet

Stay organized and have a system

Another tip is to make sure you stay organized! This way, when you sit down to work, you know what needs to be done. Having a system for things like graphics, content creation, etc, will help tremendously as well! One of my favorite sites to use is Trello. I love how it helps me stay organized. I can keep track of to do lists, keep track of my blog post ideas or social media posts, communicate with clients, and more! It is easy to move cards around to different lists and I can easily access it from either my computer or my phone. It’s a great way to keep myself organized!

I have also found that having a list of content ideas and content calendar has helped a whole lot! I come up with lots of content ideas and put them into lists and a calendar for future posts in Trello. So whenever I need to write a blog post or social media post, I can go to that file and find an idea to write about.

Batching and Automation

Batching and automating my posts and graphics is another thing that helps me to be more productive. I often sit down and create content and graphics for my Facebook page and Instagram all at the same time. My goal is to get at least a week’s worth created, then schedule them out. I create and schedule at least one post a day for the next week on each platform, then go back and a second post for each day if I have time. When I schedule posts, I use Facebook’s business page scheduler for my page and Planoly for Instagram.

I also use Tailwind for Pinterest (you can use it for Instagram, too). Once I get this done for the week, I know I don’t have to worry about creating and posting content on my social media pages for the week and can focus on other things I need to do.

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What tips do you have for being more productive? Share them in the comments below!

Spring Clean Your Direct Sales Business

Spring Clean Your Direct Sales Business

It’s officially spring time and talk of spring cleaning is everywhere! While I know I need to spring clean my house, I am going to put it off for now and spring clean my business, instead! 😉

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7 Ways to Spring Clean Your Direct Sales Business

  • Do you have empty likes on your Facebook page? You know, those people who are never going to buy from you? Maybe other consultants in your company or people who liked your page through a like ladder of some sort? Having those people on your page is actually not good for it! A small following of people who engage with you is way better than a large following of people who don’t care about your business. They are unlikely to engage or ever buy from you, so it is a good idea to just get rid of them! Go through FB page “likes” and delete anyone who is unlikely to actually buy from you. A small following of people who engage is better than a large following of people who don't. Click To Tweet
  • How organized and clean is your office? Did you make a resolution in January to keep up with the office organization and paperwork? Yeah, me too. Has that already gone by the wayside and become clutter? Yeah, mine too. Take a day to really organize and clean your office and paperwork and set up a system for keeping it that way.
  • How is your system for customer follow ups? Take some time to go through your past orders from the year and follow up with anyone you have missed! And make sure you have a system for follow up so no one gets left behind.
  • If you’re like many entrepreneurs, you started out the first of the year with a bang and a determination to rock your business this year. But somewhere along the way reality sets in, fears creep up, doubt rises, and motivation fades. If this is you right now, then go back and revisit your “why!” Do you have a mission statement for your business? Maybe you need to dust it off and get back on track. Spring cleaning time is a great time to do this!

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  • Along with revisiting your mission statement and your why, what about updating your FB business page about section? You should update this every so often and keep it fresh and up to date. Your about section on your FB page and your about page on your blog are two of the most-read parts of your page/blog! So keep them interesting, and make sure you update them often!
  • How are you on keeping up with your social media platforms? Do you sometimes struggle to stay on top of them? Yeah, me too. One thing that helps me is to frequently sit down and batch my graphics. (I hope you are creating your own graphics for your social media platforms and not using others’ graphics!) I sit down and just focus on creating a bunch of different graphics at once. Then I schedule them on my social media platforms. If you can get into a routine of doing this every so often, it can help you stay on top of things!
  • Ok, let’s talk email inbox. Are you someone who likes a clean and organized email inbox or is yours like mine where every email you’ve ever received is still sitting there? Yeah, I am going to be working on this list, too! 😉 Go through and delete anything you don’t need, organize emails you are keeping into folders, and make sure to unsubscribe from emails and lists you don’t really need/read. Then start fresh and keep it clean and organized!

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Well, there you have it. 7 ways to spring clean your business! First, leave me a comment and tell me what you are going to do to spring clean your business, then go get started! And be sure to come back when you’re done and tell me what you did and how it went!

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