Parents know it’s important that their kids eat balanced, healthy meals, not snack on too much junk, also they need to play outside and not have too much screen time, but most of us forget to take our own advice. Especially those of us who work from home! This hypocrisy has gotten slightly worse for me this school year as both of my kiddos are in school all day – There have been a few of days where I realized at 2 o’clock that I hadn’t eaten lunch and the last time I got up from my desk (or couch, depending on the day) was to get a cup of coffee, which had long since gotten very cold and unappealing. I live a very healthy life and these things are on the forefront of my mind all day. However, even I get caught up in ‘getting work done’ and I lose track of time.
You’re the boss, baby!
As an entrepreneur, everything rests on your shoulders and you are more than likely always working. Either at home or some local business with free WiFi, (just to get out of the house!) you don’t get sick days, or are you able to delegate and go golfing… the work is still there waiting when you get home. There are many things you need to take into consideration everyday, but often we overlook taking care of ourselves – putting it off until tomorrow or next week.
Now is the perfect time to get your systems set up and get organized. When you have a clear picture of what you want, need and your intentions are clearly mapped out, you will be much more successful! You need these systems in place to be grounded enough to know what you need to keep you going, no matter what comes up in your business. Otherwise, you will feel like you are always slipping farther and farther behind. There are a two different aspects to keep in mind when you are an entrepreneur, especially with an online business.
First, you need to take care of your body physically
Are you stressed to the max? Do you have too many lists? Are you guzzling caffeine to keep yourself awake or mindlessly slamming your favorite carbonated drink all day? Do you grab a hand full of chips when you walk through the kitchen or eat the mac n cheese leftovers that your toddler left on her plate? All of these can lead to brain fog, weight gain, energy loss and unfortunately, cravings for more food that will only make it worse.
There are a few simple steps you can take to counter all of these and it all starts with intention. If you have your goals, plans and intentions set out for you every day, it gets a whole lot easier to make healthy choices! Lucky for you, I have come up with an awesome worksheet you can use everyday to set you on the right path. (I promise this is not another major task on your to do list, you can write this once a day, once a month or once a year, it’s up to you!)
Secondly, you need to take care of the emotional side of things to keep it all running smoothly
One step I took in my business this year was re-vamping my blog at the end of summer and lets just say, this was a stressful time for me! (I am so not techy) But, after making the switch from WordPress.com to WordPress.org things got so much easier! Much of what I had been doing by hand was able to be automated and I am slowly but surely learning how to move into this amazing digital world! (thanks to some amazing people, tutorials and platforms) Because of these switches, in the last few months my business has gotten very busy and it has become a necessity for me to get organized digitally. The best part of doing this is that I get a notification for the things I want or need to be notified about! My stress level has decreased knowing I won’t forget a client call or hockey practice. Also, my blog is so easy to navigate, I know what I need to do and how to do it, therefore saving me time, energy and peace of mind!
You need to be aware of any changes you might need to take in your business or your personal life (sometimes it is hard to tell which is which) to help things run more smoothly in your life. Do you need to automate some of your steps? Do you need to hire a VA to take care of the things that are weighing you down? Do you need to step back and reevaluate your boundaries and set specific hours when you will work, and when you will not work? Be aware of where you are and what will help your business be more successful and also less stressful.
Stress and other emotions are something we all know about, but overlook
I challenge you to create a morning ritual, if you haven’t already, and another for mid-afternoon. You don’t have to ‘meditate’ but you could if that’s your jam! Just go through your list of predetermined wants and needs and take a few minutes for yourself, breath & reboot. You will see increased productivity, lowered stress and ultimately, better choices in the long run!
I have a general outline of my week with my ‘non-negotiables’ listed on each day. But before I fill out my planner, I create my total to-do list. I brain dump everything that I would like to get done, then I go back through and prioritize because my list is always too long! Be realistic and know you can’t do everything. Especially if you are working from home and you have little people running around. Your body will thank you for slimming down your list and actually accomplishing tasks and crushing goals! Also, doing this all alone, I need to schedule everything from the days I will post, upcoming webinars, when I take classes at the gym, when I will work at the coffee shop, cleaning at home, school events, church events, grocery shopping… you get the idea, otherwise things get forgotten!
What is the biggest challenge you face working form home? How do you stay organized? I would love to hear in the comments or over on Twitter! Don’t forget to get your copy of the Successful Week Planner below.
Health and Happiness and Success,
Hey everyone, I’m Janica! I am a healthy lifestyle coach and blogger and I believe health and happiness is about more than what you eat and how you look, it is about balance. I have spent almost 5 years trying to figure that out and now I spend my days helping busy moms create health and happiness in themselves and their homes.