Working from the comforts of a home office may sounds like a dream come true to most commute-weary professionals – virtual conference calls snuggled up to your pup, no more office-sponsored political coups, and enjoying all that extra time that doesn’t get eaten up by burning rubber back and forth, back, and forth, back and forth.
Transitioning to the ever-growing status of a work from home (WFH) professional can be incredibly liberating; however, like most work transitions, it can require a unique strategy to maximize productivity and keep you from feeling like you live in the office.
Here are three tips to help turn your WFH situation into am empowering career move:
Like many aspiring entrepreneurs, one of the self-employment benefits I dreamed about day in and day out was not having a boss.
Not just not having a boss, but not having that boss – you know, the kind that slams you with a weekend’s worth of work Friday at 5:30 PM, the kind that belittles your every comment or suggestion in the board meeting, or the kind that micromanages everything from what you eat for lunch to when you use the facilities.
Maybe you’ve had a boss like that – one that inadvertently inspires you to take the entrepreneurial leap just so you don’t have to work for a total a**hole like them ever again.
But what happens when you sprout your self-employment wings?
You become your very own boss, and you – and you alone – are tasked with managing yourself. Continue Reading…
What images does that word conjure up in your always-busy mind?
A powerful business figure yelling out orders?
A frazzled corporate manager pulling 16 hour days?
A single parent/solopreneur slaving away at their side hustle all weekend?
Is that what being “productive” really is?
I used to think those destructive visions of “busyness” were the modern workforce’s definition of “productivity”, that was, until at age twenty-seven, I collapsed with searing chest pains, a numb left arm, and inability to breath. Continue Reading…
Fervently jotting down the dictated list of prioritized task and deadlines on a yellow legal pad, I proceeded to summarize the hour long skype session with one of my most valued clients.
Just another relaxing afternoon in the day of sweat pant exec, or so I thought.
Midway through my “week 3 strategy” rotation, my 100+ lb. German Shepherd barreled through my half closed “office” doors and charged the mesmerizing laptop screen with the unbridled aggression of his carnivorous predecessors.
There went the web cam…
There went the café latte…
There went the meeting…
“I feel exhausted, but I’ve barely put in 30 hours this week!” I exclaimed to a fellow entrepreneur. “Is it just me, or does working 15 hours for myself feel like working 40+ for someone else?”
“Ha – I’m just shocked you’re actually getting to 30 hours, Hannah!” she exclaimed. “Everyone knows working for yourself is more taxing than working for someone else. I mean, let’s think about what you do…”
I start my self-employed day off at 5:00 or 5:30 AM most mornings. No commute, so my morning is filled with brisk runs, feeding horses, and reading inspirational biographies or psych books.
Eat breakfast, watch all the neighbors load up and go to work from the comfort of my front porch nook, and then I get to work in my home office.
Once my butt hits my office chair, it’s intense. I don’t come up for air (much). I work until my alarm goes off at noon, reminding me to eat. I hurry back to put the final touches on a client’s marketing strategy, making it to 3:00 PM feeling like I’m going to collapse.