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How to Stay Sane

How to stay sane when you work from home tips and techniques for writers and other entrepreneurs

When You Work From Home

Proven Tips and Techniques from a Stay-At-Home Entrepreneur

How can you stay sane when you work from home?

Friends and colleagues ask me time and time again, “How do you stay disciplined?” Their initial query is often followed by one or more bold statements like, “I could never do that,” or “You’re so lucky you can do that,” or “I’m not focused enough.”

Nonetheless, they all remind me of how fortunate I am to have the luxury to plan my day from the comfort of my dining room or wherever I choose to be. No commute continues to be one of the perks I enjoy most. In theory, when I travel on assignments and spend long hours on the road, I am commuting. However, I don’t travel every day and taking off on an assignment for a few days is also a freelancer’s benefit. Travel is a diversion and not a distraction.

Is Your Life A Pendulum?

What happens when you experience the seesaw days when your energy level and moods are up and down?

More than likely, you need to balance the time you spend at work and in front of your computer with exercise and mindfulness. When you take a daily walk or find a YouTube exercise video you can follow at home, you are giving yourself a much-needed break. Enroll in a class or learn a new hobby to find the optimal balance in your life.

TIP 1: When I’m home for weeks at a time, I sign up for a ballet class and I fly fish in the spring, summer, and fall. Planning my day is what I love most about being my own boss.

Get in the Groove

TIP 2: The truth is I’ve had 26 years, to be exact, to establish a schedule that allows me to devote time to my family and businesses. To be well-rounded, develop strategies that will allow you to stay connected to the world around you.

Scroll down to the guidelines I’ve mapped out for you.

Benefits of A Home Office

Focus!

Regardless of where you work, you will have disruptions and ultimately, it’s your job to work around those situations before they throw you off-track. You won’t have the same type of distractions working from home as you would if your cubicle or office were surrounded by co-worker drama, endless cell phone conversations, chatter, and gossip. That spells mayhem for many employees. But make no mistake, it’s your choice whether you get back on task or flounder the rest of your day.

How Does Diligence Play a Role in Your Success?

Consider your current work ethic and habits. Take a moment to read the following questions and jot your answers in a notebook or leave a comment on my Facebook travel page.

The mere fact that you have a business plan on paper is a step in the right direction. If you don’t, it’s time to get your plan together, even if you’re already working from home.

Forge Your Own Path

  1. Do you have a clear business vision and a plan?
  2. Do you know your strengths and weaknesses?
  3. Why do you want to work from home?
  4. What skills do you have that will propel you and your business?
  5. What are your expectations?
  6. Does your product, service, or skill stand the test of time?

TIP: Produce content, write articles, and interact on social media media every day. Not sure which social media platforms you should use? Get started with the Big Five: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. You’ll soon discover how different they are and which one will work best for your business. Contact me with your questions.

9 Tips to Stay on Track From the Get-Go

Strategies for the Entrepreneur

Once you leave your job, or after you’ve already transitioned,

  1. Stay in touch with friends in your former workplace.
  2. Establish a network of friends who work from home. Set up frequent masterminds. Don’t have time for a weekend getaway? Meet for coffee, breakfast, lunch or dinner to discuss your successes and failures.
  3. Make it your business to stay in touch with key people in your community — virtually and locally. We tend to focus only on the bigger picture but remember there’s always something happening in your town.
  4. Take frequent breaks during your workday that might include a walk or lunch with a friend.
  5. Get outdoors. Fresh air IS INVIGORATING. Nature rules!
  6. Focus 80 percent of your efforts on marketing and 20 percent on content creation. Selling yourself is more important to your business than creating content.
  7. Take an online course often to refresh your approach and find out if you’re on the right track.
  8. Hire a virtual or marketing assistant to banish overwhelm and shed new light on your work. Working with someone who knows more than you about content creation, social media, website management, and digital marketing can be the best way to test the waters and your ideas.
  9. Resolve to give equal attention to the can-do ideas and the more challenging issues.

Summary:

Create a goal today to stay motivated, happy, peaceful, and engaged with the world around you. To do that, surround yourself with the people and comforts that relax and motivate you.

What are your thoughts about a work-from-home life? Send your questions and comments to joanimead@gmail.com.

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237: How Collaborations Can Accelerate Your Blog’s Growth

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  • June 2, 2018

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Have you ever felt that too many things need doing to build a successful blog?

A student I spoke to this week who recently completed our Start A Blog course said they were a little overwhelmed by how much needed to be done.

They said it felt like juggling with too many balls in the air.

So today I want to share a principle that has helped me keep a lot of balls in the air, and scale my business beyond what I ever thought I could manage–collaborations.

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Budgets are Sexy – Challenge Everything

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  • May 31, 2018

http://www.madfientist.com Today on the Financial Independence Podcast, I’m excited to have personal finance blogging icon, J. Money, on the show!

J. Money is the creator of the popular sites Budgets are Sexy and Rockstar Finance and has recently started a new podcast with Paula Pant from Afford Anything called The M.O.N.E.Y. Podcast!

J. Money has become a good friend over the years so I was excited to get him on the show to talk about the many benefits that come from challenging everything in your life (he’s definitely inspired me to do more of this), what he’s learned writing about personal finance for the last eight years, and how personal finance has changed over that time!

HIGHLIGHTS

– The importance of tracking your net worth
– How not to buy a house
– The importance of side hustles
– Why J. Money is the Miley Cyrus of personal finance
– How to live like Benjamin Franklin and why you should try it
– The ways personal finance has changed over the years
– Why you should challenge everything in your life

SHOW LINK

Budgets are Sexy – Challenge Everything

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Behind the Scenes of Brown Paper Bags on the GaryVee Audio Experience | DailyVee 366

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  • May 31, 2018

Had a quick blind wine tasting with a few of my close friends, really hope you guys enjoy this episode of DailyVee!

If you guys haven’t checked out the GaryVee Audio Experience, I would highly recommend that you do so, that way you’ll get access to content like this much faster!:

Podcast


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https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-garyvee-audio-experience/id928159684?mt=2

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Gary is the host of the #AskGaryVee Show, a business and marketing focused Q&A video show and podcast, as well as DailyVee, a docu-series highlighting what it’s like to be a CEO, investor, speaker, and public figure in today’s digital age.

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The ROI of every Social Media Platform | Fireside Chat with Tyra Banks at Stanford Graduate School

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  • May 28, 2018

This is one of my favorite fireside chats in a while because the depth of the discussion around the good vs bad of social media , really got me fired up at Stanford Graduate School of Business.


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Gary is the host of the #AskGaryVee Show, a business and marketing focused Q&A video show and podcast, as well as DailyVee, a docu-series highlighting what it’s like to be a CEO, investor, speaker, and public figure in today’s digital age.

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