1. Leave the house- working from home can truly be a blessing, but don’t sit at home all day every day! When you work from home it’s tempting to sit down at your desk as soon as you wake and stay there until your eyes begin to blur. Try to get some fresh air and a new perspective by going out for a meal, walking around the block, or even spending 20 minutes at your nearest park. Giving your mind and body a break is pivotal for your health!
2. Create your own habits and routines- The lack of structure that comes with self-employment can be quite exhausting. Creating your own steadfast rituals to bring a sense of consistency and rhythm in your day is extremely important.
3. Listen to your Energy Levels- One of the best parts about working from home is having the ability to set your own schedule. This means working at the times that suit you best. Don’t force yourself to stick to a 9-5 or 10-6 day just because you have been institutionalized to do so. If you’re an early riser, start your work in the morning; it may be the best you produce all day! If you work best at midday or even in the evening, give yourself time to get some work done during those times. If you find you do your best work on Sundays when everyone else is chilling, give yourself Monday off and tackle some work on Sunday. You are your own boss, and that means you dictate your schedule.
4. Check In With Others- Working in a private, quiet environment is great but don’t forget to turn to others for help every now and then. Try scheduling a bimonthly brainstorming session with someone with similar interests as you, or plan a weekly work party around your kitchen table! Venture into a nearby café with a friend and don’t be afraid to look for inspiration from others!
5. Be a good boss to yourself- Lets say you are working in an office space with multiple employees to tend to and tasks to handle. Would you expect one of these employees to work a 12-hour day with no breaks for food? Of course not! So don’t push yourself through the same thing! Treat yourself with kindness wherever possible and take breaks when needed. You’ll be far more effective as a result.
6. Combat Self-Doubt or Low Self-Esteem Head On- Self-employment will force you to get to know yourself very well, very fast. If you find yourself stressing over the same problem or getting anxious and procrastinating, explore the root of this self-doubt. Once you’ve targeted the specific issue (or issues) get to work on breaking down these thoughts with consistent, positive affirmations.