Date: 2020-11-10 09:58:31
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hey it’s Pat here if you are looking for some work from home tip so you could stay productive and not drive yourself crazy well you’re in the right place if you’ve recently started working from home or maybe you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad and you’re just trying to get some stuff done well working from home can be extremely difficult there are loads of potential distractions salsa especially if you have young kids like I do what and if you’re used to staying accountable because your boss is in the same building as you well that’s gone now too unless of course we’re talking about the other boss can you take this out for me sure I work from home myself for over a decade since getting laid off from my architecture job in 2008 while at home I’ve started several businesses and I’ve learned a thing or two about what it takes to remain productive both on the business side of things and the family side of things too and let me just say this before we get started here if you have kids especially kids under the age of maybe three or four well then this is gonna be even more difficult for you because those kids they’re like a second job except like 24/7 with no pay and they can drive you crazy but so can working from home so let’s not delay any more let me help you cut the crazy by talking about the top ten tips that I have for you to stay sane while working at the house or remotely starting with tip number ten make sure you stick around till number one because that’s the most important one of all number ten get into a morning routine a.
s.a.p the beauty of leaving the house and going to work every single day is that you get to leave the house and go to work every single day it’s rhythmic it’s automatic it’s just what you do unfortunately when you start working from home that routine goes away and that’s a dangerous thing because you can have slower starts and longer finishes I remember when I was laid off I tried to look for the silver lining like yay freedom I am my own boss I could do anything at any time well freedom with that routine can mean procrastination laziness and being unproductive or feeling like you’re busy but being busy on the wrong things so even though you don’t have to clock in each day and you get to make your own choices I would still choose to have a morning routine that’ll set yourself up for a very productive day that means setting an alarm and getting up at the same time each day that means take that shower start that morning pot I’m talking about coffee do whatever you need to do to get your day started the right way oh and make sure you change into regular clothes not your pajamas or at least change out of the pajamas that you’re in trust me that ritual of changing out of what you were sleeping in and putting something on I wouldn’t necessarily go with a suit and tie unless you’re a weirdo but mentally that transformation transforms your brain to get you ready for the day define your morning routine and you can even have a checklist that you could fill out each day and you’re gonna get started on the right foot number 9 find your spot after I started working from home I remember fumbling around the apartment for like an entire week just trying to find a spot where I could get some productive work done sometimes it was the couch other times it was the dining table but it wasn’t until I took over this nook in the corner of our one-bedroom apartment that things finally started to roll this was my spot and I recommend you find somewhere whether it’s in your home or another location that becomes your regular spot so that when you go in you can check in and get things done and on the flip side when you get up and get out of there or you leave that space you can mentally check out too that’s the beauty again of a nine-to-five job at 5:00 p.
m. you’re done and you can mentally check out which is really hard to do when you’re at home which takes us to our next tip number 8 beware the temptation to work when you shouldn’t I was six months into working from home and I want to share with you a conversation that me and April my wife had and this was just a few months after we got married and moved into our apartment together so April was talking and her mouth was moving but unfortunately I wasn’t even listening to her because me as an entrepreneur working from home was so so focused on what my next was gonna be or what my next product was gonna be and one time she called me out on it she was talking and here’s what she said wait wait wait hold up are you thinking about your business right now and I said no and then here’s what she said she goes well okay what did I just say uh you said you’re thinking about your business aren’t you yeah that didn’t go over so well so that’s that the couch was nice that night anyway I was very very thankful she called me out on that because I was not there presently with her when we were having a conversation and we didn’t have kids yet at this time but I’m so thankful she called me out because I definitely don’t want to behave like that when my kids are talking to me working both physically and mentally when you shouldn’t can be a disaster for relationships that you might have and also your overall energy levels to some of the tips that are coming later are gonna help you set those boundaries so keep watching of course just as important as being aware of when you’re not supposed to be working you need to know what you should be working on when you are working number seven know what you’re supposed to be doing time is precious so let’s not waste it when you are set to work let’s make sure we’re working on the things that actually matter so think about it if you are working remotely for example and your work does not require you to sort of check in and check out and keep track of those hours they just want to make sure you get your stuff done imagine you take an eight-hour day normally and you shrink it down to six but you get the same things done you’re more efficient you get things done and now you’ve bought yourself some time – that’s incredible if you’re your own boss though this is where it gets a little tricky because typically if you’re your own boss and I know this from experience there’s a seemingly infinite amount of things that you could potentially do so there’s really no like okay well I’ll end early you just end up doing more things sooner especially if you’re just starting out or bootstrapping I mean you’re wearing all the hats you’re doing emails and vision planning finances to you know interactions in the community there’s just so much to do so the trick is understanding well what of those things is going to help you the most here’s the problem though usually after we take care of the two urgent things we then end up doing what is the easiest or the most comfortable but those aren’t the things that are gonna actually move the needle for us they move us forward maybe incrementally but they definitely make us feel busy but honestly you know this the things that move you more are the things that are a little bit more uncomfortable there’s a things that you probably don’t know how to do exactly so what I would do is have a running list of all the things that you need to do if you don’t have that already well then how do you know what to do and then go down that line one by one to see which ones are the most important in terms of moving you forward in your business not just keeping you busy then when you do have that time well make sure you’re working on the ones that are moving the needle first number six choose to eat well now that you’re not in the office anymore I’m sorry to tell you there’s not going to be any more morning donuts or meeting doughnuts or cake for Karen who’s having a birthday party no more vending machines or junk food or sodas that you could just grab it was easy to choose the unhealthy foods because that’s all that kind of was there and you’d even go out to lunch with your co-workers and you’d say that excuse that you said yourself all the time well I’m here so I might as well grab the triple decker burger or I’m here so I might as well grab the pizza with the extra toppings that’s how it was like every day when I worked a nine-to-five job and I remember it was just so easy because it was there but now you are at home or working remotely and you get to choose you have the freedom and the option to choose healthier this time your body and your mind will appreciate it your work will show it so make those wide choices oh and drink lots of water too number five take breaks this is pretty obvious to you but even though it’s obvious trust me I know that you’re going to not do this sometimes or at all when you should breaks you need breaks mental breaks physical breaks get outside remove yourself from the work environment and then come back even stronger even though you may be cranking on a deadline I know it’s hard to just walk away from that but like cramming for a test you’re going to be much better off by taking a little bit of a break re energizing and I promise you you’ll come back even stronger maybe it’s just a 10 to 15 minute walk or a water break with a little bit of social media time maybe in the mid day maybe it’s even a nap and no just walking outside to take a conference call doesn’t count that helps I wouldn’t take a conference call at the same spot I love to walk around when I’m taking a call so I can get outside and whatever but you need a break like a mental break from the work that you’re doing every once in a while for me I often take a video game break like literally play maybe a couple sessions of rocket League or maybe even a couple super smash brothers helps me escape work helps me escape the crazy and allows me to just enjoy myself a little bit and even use that as a reward sometimes too so yeah take that break Kit Kat style hashtag not sponsored number four schedule all parts of your day but remain flexible your calendar is sort of your best friend in this situation when you’re working from home or working remotely as my good friend Chris Ducker says if it doesn’t get scheduled it doesn’t get done you probably have your meetings in your calendar already but there’s some other important things that you should be placing in there too like your morning routine like we talked about earlier and no you don’t have to schedule when you’re gonna pour coffee or when you’re gonna wipe your armpits so up like you don’t need to get to that detail but put in a block of time of when your morning routine starts so that mentally you see it on the calendar it’s like okay I’m in my morning routine now next you want to schedule your work hours and I’m recording it because if you have kids I mean or even if you don’t you want to remain flexible but it’s sort of like a guideline these are my hours to try and focus on work get things done remember those big-ticket items but remaining flexible is really the key there and mentally that’s gonna be quite tough especially if you’re used to remaining within those hours and only doing those things while at work now we’re in a different environment you have the kids you have other distractions you have your spouse or partner at home we’ll talk more about that later but understanding that yes you will be interrupted every once in a while and yes you do have the freedom to be flexible what’s gonna allow for a lot more productivity work when you are in the flow but also not Dee railing you when you get out of it next schedule your breaks yes your breaks again if you don’t put them in there they’re not gonna happen next you want to schedule when your checkout time is like you’re 5 p.
m. at your 9 to 5 but you version of that maybe it is one long block of time that you have and having a specific end time is really key for creating those boundaries but maybe you split up your work hours throughout various chunks during the day even then the end of each of those chunks you can help yourself by mentally checking out seeing it on the calendar and even notifying yourself when that time comes around plus knowing that when you’re starting something there is an end point to it well you can’t help but want to be efficient to maximize that time for yourself and finally schedule time with your loved ones this may sound kind of weird but this is something that maybe is not for everybody but I definitely needed it myself because like I said if it doesn’t get scheduled sometimes it doesn’t get done and the time with my kids and my family my wife so so important so important that I’ve made sure to put it in my schedule in my calendar so that I can mentally check out of work and check in with them because I want to be fully mentally and physically 100% available to them during that time of day this also helps to ensure that they know that okay even though I might be busy especially with the younger ones and I always try to be open and honest with them about what I’m doing and when I’m doing it so that they understand – kids understand you just have to communicate with them but if they know that I’m working hard but they know they’re gonna get me a hundred percent later on in the day well they’re less likely to interrupt but when that time comes around I better be fully present or else it’s waste kids grow up fast you know they grow up fast and I don’t want to miss out on any of that time and I know you don’t want to either the calendar man it’s a wonderful tool number three control how you intake the news the media especially in times of crisis can definitely throw us off and and and and just mess with our heads for sure typically I’d recommend just not checking the news because it’s just sometimes very toxic however I understand that sometimes in crises we need to have a pulse on what’s going on so here’s a solution for that when you have a block of time that you know you need to hunker down in definitely let somebody else know to let you know if something drastic is happening that you really need to know about give them permission essentially to interrupt you they’re sort of like your your call line we’re such that no news is good and this is really reassuring because you can just understand that if you haven’t heard anything well you can just stay focused rather than just wondering if everything’s okay and if you really do need the news well make sure to check it just on breaks only or out wait till the end of the work day just so you don’t start your day with some stuff that might mess with you and also in between yeah you don’t want to get thrown off have that other person help you and then wait to the end of day to catch up number to connect with people face-to-face working from home or remotely can be extremely lonely I remember when I got laid off from my nine-to-five job this was the number one thing that bothered me the most not having the connection to anybody around me there was nobody to talk about the big game with at the cubicle next to me there was nobody to just randomly chat about what we were gonna do over the weekend no chili cook-offs or company softball games I’m not gonna lie I felt very lonely and we being human we thrive we want connection that’s that’s a survival mechanism we want to connect with other people so how might we do this when we’re working remotely or working from home well we have the internet obviously and you connect via email yes and I know you connect via Twitter social media and even text message others but it’s still just not the same that’s why I recommend no matter who it is see what you can do to connect with either voice or face-to-face like using FaceTime or zoom or Skype or anything that allows you to see the other person just seeing the other person or at least hearing their voice goes a long way in making us feel like wow there’s somebody else out there in the world and we could still feel a little bit connected I feel the realness there versus just a text that somebody could be writing when I don’t know they’re doing something else if possible try to find a group of people that you can connect with on a regular basis face to face again preferably and again it’s ideal if it’s in person but if it can’t happen in person then online with video and voice is the next best thing and if way I just make sure you subscribe to this channel because often times I go live and during the crisis here in March of 2020 I am gonna be going live every single day just to provide space here on YouTube for people to connect to just not feel alone even if you don’t interact just to know that somebody’s there on the other end listening and and and and providing hopefully some entertainment for you just hit subscribe hit that Bell notification icon so you could see when I go live because I want to be there to help you if you need it I don’t want you to feel isolated especially in times like this and tip number one communicate as much as possible with the people around you the most important thing you can do especially if you have other people in the home with you or other people that you’re working with is to communicate as much as you can communicate your schedule give people access to your work calendar make sure you communicate with especially loved ones and partners so that you both can come to an understanding because if you just create the schedule yourself and don’t share it with others then that’s not fair to the other person too and it can benefit you to have the other person know when you should be in the work mode but also it can benefit them to know that okay at this time you promise that you’re gonna be checking out so you could check in mentally with them too if this is new for you you’re gonna have to have a meeting to tell each other what the expectations are and I’m talking about your spouse or partner or roommates or anybody if you have kids especially let them know too because like I said earlier they do pay attention and they listen and they care and they’ll understand the worst thing you can do is not communicate anything at all in fact it’s better to over communicate than to under communicate this was a big struggle for me because I often tend to just kind of have my own little world and and it’s it’s hard to sort of remind myself that other people need to know what I’m doing and when but at the same time you can communicate and ask other people around you the kids your wife or your husband or your spouse or partner or roommates hey what are you doing that you might need help with and support with I got you if you got me and this way communication can lead to collaborative efforts and a better workforce a better household and better relationships with the loved ones around you the last thing is I want you to communicate with me in the comment section below which one of these tips is the most helpful to you and if you’re a member of team Flynn if you’re subscribed here I would love to hear from you too in the comment section below let me and the other members here know of anything that’s helped you when you’ve learned how to work from or if you have some struggles share the struggles I’m sure somebody including myself may reply and help you out too because that’s what this is all about community communication and hopefully comfort especially in times of crisis to make sure you hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already if you enjoyed this any moment of it hit that thumbs up button I appreciate you for that and again remember I’ll be going live daily to provide space for you to communicate to let off steam to just hunker down and get work done alongside others who 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