Make Working From Home Work For You

Make Working From Home Work For You

WORKING FROM HOME WELLBEING TIPS

It looks like working from home is likely to continue into the New Year for many of us.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, your company allows you to work remotely, or you’ve had no choice but to work from home during lockdown, more and more of us are working from home.


The GOOD

There are lots of positives. No stressful commutes, fewer interruptions, and often, more flexibility with less structured work hours.


The potential downsides

But if there is one potential pitfall of working from home, it is overworking and never truly switching off from thinking about work. There’s just not the same closure of walking out of the office every evening and segueing into your home life.

So how do you keep a balance between work and “you” time?


1. Work regular hours

Set a start time, a finish time and break times and try to stick to those.

  • Allow yourself a little flexibility, things can come up and let’s face it, this is one of the perks of home-working.


2. Schedule in breaks
too, and make sure you take them.


3. Establish a morning routine

This is probably one of the most important, for me anyway. If my morning routine slips, the whole day slips. I walk the dog, come back and shower, do some yoga, make a coffee, sit on the balcony and write my journal, then make another coffee and it’s time to sit down to work.


4. Get dressed for work

I’m not talking dresses, power suits and heels (unless you really want to) but get out of your PJs, get out of your slouchies and get into work appropriate gear. You’ll be glad of this when you get an unexpected Zoom call, you’ll always be camera ready.


5. Productivity – Work out when you’re most productive
so you know when you’ll get most done and plan your more difficult tasks for the time of day when you know you’re in the right headspace for them.


6. Set boundaries
or rules with other people in your home so that they respect your space and time during your working hours.


7. Remove distractions
and try to structure your day with blocks of time where you will be uninterrupted.


8. Write a realistic To-Do list and try to complete it every day.

Try to avoid procrastinating and don’t carry it forward to the next day as that just leads to a daunting start with even more to do.


9. Eat The Frog

If you haven’t heard of this Brian Tracy book, it’s simple yet genius. If you have a row of frogs that you have to eat, then you’re best just eating the biggest, ugliest one first. Then your day can only get better. So do what you’re dreading most. Then enjoy the rest of your day.


10. Pomodoro Technique

If you’re anything like me, sometimes it’s difficult to get in the flow or concentration and there are so many things at home you could be doing, should be doing. My house is never cleaner than when I’m procrastinating on work I don’t like doing. I use the
Pomodoro Technique to keep me focussed for short periods.

– Set a 25 minute timer.
– Work for 25 minutes, then take a 5 minute break away from your screen or work.
– Repeat this 4 times then take a longer break.


11. Have a dedicated work area

Not all of us are lucky enough to have a spare room we can use as an office. But work in a space that you can assign solely to work and walk away from at the end of the day. If you have to work at your kitchen table or dining table, then clear all the work away at the end of the day so that you’re not looking at it when you should be switching off. 


12. Choose music to match your task and your mood

No fighting over what music to listen to. You get to choose your own music. I enjoy slower vibes for writing, funkier vibes for inspiration and sometimes I really enjoy pure silence.


13. Get fresh air

Whether it’s a walk in the morning, a bit of exercise in your lunch break or a run when you finish for the day, try to get outside, get some natural light, fresh air and breathe.


14. Go work in a local coffee shop

Going somewhere else to work means you get exercise, air and a change of scenery. The background noise can simulate your normal work environment. It also removes the chance of you being distracted by any household chores. My apartment is never cleaner than when I’m procrastinating on a work task! Two hours in a coffee shop can really help get stuff done!


15. Get a proper chair

During lockdown, many people started working from home with little or no notice so didn’t have the chance to get the right furniture and equipment. You need a chair that provides lumbar support, preferably adjustable to fit it to support you. Many employers will provide these. And a proper monitor will save you back ache too so that you’re not crouching down over a little laptop screen.

16. Socialise (whatever way it’s possible)
You’re going to miss the social interaction from the workplace and it can feel isolated and lonely at times. You could use Zoom or Skype to stay connected for meetings. Working from a café occasionally can provide some human interaction, but maybe you could to arrange to meet friends more outside of work hours, exercise together or end your work day with a coffee and a chat. 

17. Find a way to end your day so that you can switch off from work mode to home mode. 

18. Plan your meals
I quite often find myself deciding to make a nice lunch then spend a lot of time prepping, cooking and cleaning up. Prepare your meals the night before, just like you would do if you were going to the office. 

19. Keep your weekends free
You need time off to recharge. You may need to work Saturdays and Sundays but try where possible to have 2 consecutive work free days to rest, reset and recharge.

 

Why Workplace Wellbeing Matters

Why Workplace Wellbeing Matters

Why is Workplace Wellbeing so important?

Well, firstly, because it’s the right thing to do. If you employee or manage people, why would you not want them to be healthy, happy, present, engaged, feeling valued, feeling proud to work for and represent your business and doing the best job they can?

But if you’ve found yourself in a position in your business where you are trying to convince other executives or leaders why they should invest time and/or budget in Workplace Wellbeing, then here are some other benefits that could help you convince them:

Reduced Turnover
People won’t want to leave their employment with you so you will have less turnover of good people. We all know the cost of turnover and it’s not just financial in terms of recruitment and onboarding. You’ll also lose knowledge every time someone leaves. Creating a Healthy Workplace and prioritising Workplace Wellbeing will mean increased retention.

Attraction
You’ll soon build a positive reputation as an employer who prioritise workplace wellbeing and become known as a company who invest in and support their people. And who wouldn’t want to work for a business like that? That will help you attract, recruit and retain excellent people to join your teams.

Better Employee Engagement
Not only do engaged employees create a working environment that’s better for everyone, but enhanced employee engagement has been proven to deliver better business performance as people are more motivated and committed to success.

Reduced Absence
Absence means lost working days and lower productivity. In turn these can result in other employees becoming unhappy as they have to pick up the slack for those absent, leading to the negative working relationships. A healthy workplace with a commitment to employee and workplace wellbeing will reduce absence and its repercussions.

Increased Productivity
Less absence and engaged employees motivated to deliver their best means your healthy workplace will show a boost in productivity.

Improved customer experience
Customers will be dealing with happy, engaged, motivated people. Workplace wellbeing means happy customers too.

Open culture with positive communication
A healthy workplace with an open culture, encouraging positive, open communication creates a better working environment for everyone.

Mental health and wellbeing
Open conversations around mental health will ensure your people feel understood and supported. This creates an inclusive, healthy workplace for them, particularly during times where they may struggle with their mental illness.

Less conflict at work
And if there’s less conflict, there’s much less time required to spend resolving issues. Freeing even more time to build a healthy workplace, focussed on wellbeing helping deliver all these benefits.

If you’d like any more information, please email me at jules@mindbodylifesoul.com

Or you can schedule a complimentary 30 minute discovery call: https://mindbodylifesoul.com/schedule/

Website, Blogging & Design Tools (especially for beginners)

Website, Blogging & Design Tools (especially for beginners)

Resources & Tools

Here are links to some of my favorite resources and tools

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WEBSITE


Hosting: Siteground

There are many, many hosting options available. But after trying to swot up on hosting and reading a LOT of reviews, I chose to go with Siteground for my hosting.  I was particularly impressed with their level of customer support any time I needed it. Which, let’s face it, as a complete novice starting out, was quite a bit to start with!
The dashboard is straightforward, they have lots of training and information resources and customer service is great.                
And they’re currently offering 3 months of hosting for €0.99!

Domain name: Dynadot

There are lots and lots of places to purchase your domain name. If you’ve already chosen your Host, you can normally buy your domain name from there. I bought my recent domains from Dynadot who also offer an easy-to-use website builder.

Before that I was with GoDaddy and I was happy with the service provided there. GoDaddy also offer a website builder and hosting.

 

Website creation: WordPress

Create a free website or blog with WordPress.

Yes, WordPress is FREE. And it also has a vast selection of FREE themes and plugins available to customise your website design and functionality.

The guides, help, video tutorials to help you set up and customise your website seem endless. And you’ll find a million and one additional guides in any Google search. So it’s pretty easy to find your way around this one. Even for me!

Download it from WordPress.org if you’re self-hosting. Or choose a hosted service at WordPress.com

 

WordPress Theme: Divi

The Divi Theme from Elegant Theme is the ultimate visual page builder. This website building visual editor gives you the framework to design and customise every part of your website without needing to know a single line of code. The Divi home page claims “Divi changes everything”. It really does!

DESIGN

Visual Content: Canva

Canva makes graphic design easy and fun, even for beginners. Canva have so many slick professionally designed templates ready for you to customise or you can create your own. They have a free version which is fab but when I upgraded to the paid Canva Pro version it gave me access to even more design templates, photos and the time-saving, life-changing Brand Kit.  

 

Creative Market is another site I use a lot for their huge range of fonts, graphics, templates, photos and themes. They’re all very affordable. Not only that but they send you an option of six free goods every week. And you earn bonus credits when you buy.

 

BeFunky  is an Image Editor which I use mainly to edit and resize photos.      

You’ll want to compress PDFs too. IlovePDF is a fab, free tool which does that in seconds.  


Free Photos:

Unsplash                         Pixabay                                Pexels                  

Apart from a handful of images I’ve taken myself, I get all my images from these three sites as they have vast libraries of freely usable images.            

They
SOCIAL MEDIA POSTING

Tailwind is a social media scheduling tool that helps you grow on Pinterest and Instagram. Not only will it save you a huge amount of time in scheduling your pins, you can grow your reach with Tailwind Communities and it gives you really useful analytics so you can see what’s working. Sign up for a free trial.


GROWING YOUR EMAIL LIST 
Email marketing service provider: Flodesk

Flodesk really does have it all. Beauty and brains. It’s both gorgeous and super easy, allowing you to create stunning the most  stunning emails, forms, workflows and to help you grow your business. They even have their very own ‘University’ to help you learn.

Flodesk have a really generous sign up offer. New users get 50% off for your whole first year.

But until 2 November, Flodesk has an amazing offer giving new users unlimited emails and subscribers with 50% off for the lifetime of your subscription! It’s normally $38 per month but with this link you can snap it up for only $19! Forever. Snap it up!

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