Staying Sane While Working From Home

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Credit: Wade M

The term “home” is flexible in this day and age. Whether you’re working comfortably from home or traveling from place to place- it’s possible to successfully run a business from anywhere. You might actually be working from your true home or from a hotel or hostel. Whichever the case be, keeping sane both mentally and physically is going to increase your chance of achieving success. There’s no doubt about that.

 From Head to Toe

Take time to create an ergonomic workspace. Do your best to set up the most neutral position for your body from head to toe. This means 90-degree angles all around, starting with your feet flat on the floor. Crossed legs reduce blood flow in your legs, which isn’t ideal. If you have a standing desk, that’s excellent. If not, make sure to take breaks to get the blood flowing in your legs. Have your keyboard or laptop setup at eye level so your elbows bend into a 90-degree angle. Watch your neck and head level as well.

Go outside. Now, please.

Be sure to change up the scenery. Staring at a screen all day can be incredibly mind numbing. Taking small breaks to get fresh air and move your body is worth the time and effort. It’s easy to pass up breaks especially when it’s crunch time, but take a few moments and step away from that screen. Some of my best ideas have come during a run or walk, a quick chat with a friend, or listening to music.

Mastermind

Join a mastermind/accountability group. Working from home independently can be isolating at times. Having a group of like minded people allows you to spitball ideas, hold each other accountable, and give you something to look forward to. I meet with my mastermind group every Sunday morning. Around Thursday morning, I think about my group and my gears start turning as to what I can bring to the table. You don’t want to be that person that doesn’t have any updates. 

Quit Making Excuses

At the end of the day and most likely at the beginning of your workday, it’s you. It’s all you. If living the dream of owning your own business and thriving is really going to happen, you have to make it happen. It’s not something that’s going to magically happen. Make those dream boards all you want, but you have to seriously put yourself out there. Do what you say you’re going to do and quit making excuses.

Celebrate

The beauty of working from home or from wherever you are is total freedom. Sit back and see the beauty in that. You can work when you want, push yourself, and see results. Celebrate that and don’t take it for granted. When you are having a tough day, think about that long commute and that dreaded cubicle you would have had to bear had you been working a “normal” job. The grass IS greener on this side.

This is all easier said than done. Taking the time to take action is something different than talking about it. Improving your workspace and taking thoughtful breaks can do wonders for your mind and body. Check in with your mastermind partners in crime too. These are all components of truly staying sane while working from home, so go ahead and make it happen

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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