The rise of technology has provided us with plenty of opportunities. Working from home has been a big advantage for many people who try to avoid the traffic hazards and tight schedules, those who like to earn their money with some freedom and under their own terms. However, for some others like me, being at home five days a week could also be a challenge no matter how much they enjoy what they are doing. As women, we also juggle with many other responsibilities; family, house chores, community events, and the list goes on and on.
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What I have discovered is that even at home we need to make it easy to stay in that happy place that will keep us sane and balanced.
- Dress for success: Stay away from the night gown. Once you are up in the morning, dress nicely and put some color on your face. Dressing up would give you the sense that you are actually working and ready to conquer your day.
- Stick to a schedule: Don’t start working as soon as you wake up. Give yourself some "me time." As an early riser, I devote my first hour to something I enjoy; walking the dogs, meditating, praying, or sipping my first cup of coffee in silence. I have breaks during the day and end my work day on time. No extra hours unless it is necessary.
- Create a sacred work space: Your couch is not the best place to work. Find a place in your home and make it special. You’ll be spending at least eight hours of your day here. Bring objects that appeal to you and who you are. I’ve set up an outdoor office with a view where I can enjoy nature and stay centered while doing my daily tasks.
- Be prepared: Stay organized, check your email first, and have everything you need handy. This will save you time along the day.
- Don’t forget naps: Yes, this is a most! It is proven that a quick nap during the day clears your mind.
- Vacation is allowed: At least once a month, take some time off. It doesn’t have to be a trip abroad or something fancy; a weekend on a nearby town where you are disconnected from everything. Use this time to work on the 3 R’s; recover, regroup, and re-energize.
Tele-commuting has plenty of benefits especially for women who want to fulfill their professional goals while still giving their families the time and attention they deserve. As professionals the goal should be to work smarter not harder regardless if we work in an office building or from home. It’s about taking advantage from the best of both worlds.
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