By now, you may be sick of hearing about job losses across the globe and remote working style as the “new normal”. I don’t have to remind you how struggles were widespread across every level of organization during the first half of 2020, but in time, teams found their flow and figured out how to make remote work efficient for them. While many are eager to return to the workplace and see all their colleagues face-to-face, there is a growing number of people who have decided to stay remote full-time. Maybe you lost your job and consider setting up your own business, so you want to commit yourself to growing your brand. As a full-time entrepreneur, you'll spend countless hours in front of the computer and likely face temptation to overwork simply because your office is wherever you are.
It's exhilarating, isn't it? But it can also come with a host of challenges you've never encountered before and aren't sure how to go about resolving. That's where this post comes in as the beginner's very basic guide to working alone is all about learning to develop the ideal work/life balance for you, no matter where you earn your paycheck. At the end of the day, your job isn't just a chore to check off a to-do list. It's your purpose, or at least one of them. Hopefully, it intrigues you and fills you with a strong sense of connection and motivation. If it doesn't, though, working alone can be even more difficult, so this guide will also tackle tips for finding the motivation to work when you aren't working your dream job and loafing around is more tempting than clocking in.
Setting Up Your Office
You might be fortunate enough to have the space in your house for a dedicated home office. If not, you aren't completely doomed to work from your sofa or dining room table forever. Even in a small space, a few smart investment pieces can give you an area that's all about getting work done. This is important for a few reasons.
First, a home office creates division between work and play. If you find it hard to work because you're constantly distracted by all the things you'd rather be doing at home, then a dedicated space will make shifting into work mode easier. This doesn't have to be an entire room, either. A compact desk in the corner with some well-placed décor can become your productivity oasis. The fundamentals of any good office space are:
- Standing and adjustable height desks are even better because they help you stay active.
- Desk chair with lumbar support.
- Printer for reference docs, contracts and any other important files.
- Noise-cancelling headphones.
- Ergonomic keyboard and mouse with wrist support to prevent carpal tunnel.
Now, there may be other things you deem essential to your home office, whether it's a cat on your lap or cactus on your desk. What matters most is that you create a space that inspires you to work. Even if you don't absolutely love your job, sitting down at your desk should make you feel capable and eager, not filled with dread. If you aren't able to finance everything you need right away, consider taking out a personal loan. Small loans for home offices come in many sizes; you can explore your options and choose a lender with flexible repayment options that suit your budget.
There are four keystones to a good personal business life to be mindful of:
- Ample sleep
- Routine movement
- A balanced diet
- Mental health care
Sleep helps your body repair itself both mentally and physically. Working overtime, staring at your phone in bed and letting yourself miss crucial hours of rest all negatively impact your functioning throughout the day. What's worse is that if you're struggling with work, you're prone to toss and turn at night, worrying about what you're going to do tomorrow. Increased stress makes it harder to fall and stay asleep, which only kick starts a nasty cycle of demotivation, lack of energy and poor sleep. Movement is important for physical wellbeing, but exercise also plays a role in your emotions, too. Your body and mind aren't separate; everything affects each other. By incorporating physical fitness into your day, you can de-stress and balance your energy rather than feeling torn in one direction or another.
Diet fuels the body, which fuels the mind. You may find yourself reaching for quick fixes in the kitchen or eating more now that you can grab a bite whenever you want. Snacking to alleviate boredom is a common habit, and one that many people struggle with when they start working alone. Focus on eating healthy and minimizing trans fats and unnatural sugars. Aim for three balanced meals a day and two snacks. This will help your metabolism remain stable and keep your mental health in check.
Speaking of mental health, it's important to be honest and accepting about how you feel. A lot of people avoid asking for help because they're worried people will think they're stupid or incompetent. But everyone struggles, and working on their own initiatives is an adjustment. If you're feeling lonely because you're alone all day, reach out to friends and family. If you're stressed because you feel like you have too much work, think about how you can manage it differently. Sometimes, you may just need to assert boundaries that stop you from overworking. This will keep your work/life balance more even and prevent burnout.
Getting Yourself Ready For Working Alone
Working alone is no longer something for non-conformists. People are learning how to make work more enjoyable for them, and it's given many people who were once chained to a desk more opportunity to enjoy life without sacrificing their jobs. Millions of people are already embracing their own new small business as a part of their culture to give themselves more freedom, allowing themselves to set their own schedules or at least adopt a system that makes their jobs more enjoyable and, as a result, boosts productivity.
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