Heighten your love attraction meter by building passion for what you do.
Okay, okay, hold up. We all know that some of you have actually made love in your office, your bosses' office, in the cubicle next door, and maybe even at the security desk. And frankly I know how exciting it can be, fooling around doing something you are not supposed to, making an effort to not get caught. It is all the thrill of the “making love at work” game.
But here I am talking about a different “making love at work”, I am talking about making love TO your work, which makes you happier, more confident and all around more attractive, heightening your love attraction meter so it gets set to high when it comes to calling in a mate from the opposite sex. In essence, you want to make love at work, while you're working, TO your work.
Specifically, I want to talk about work that is done at home. Home based business professionals have more challenges when it comes to keeping their work and personal space separate given that it is all under one roof.
In this new economic landscape, more and more people are working from home and are creating a balance between their personal and business lives. I am one of those people. But it wasn’t long ago that working from home was not looked upon so keenly. Judgments and assumptions were made about you if you worked from home. Sometimes business was lost to a brick and mortar operation because of the “unprofessional” assumptions people had about work-from-home professionals.
To tell you the truth, I too had those same thoughts and feelings about working from home, until I just fell into creating my home/work life when I was pregnant with my daughter 7 years ago. At the time I had 3 retail stores in the Bay Area and I was living in Los Angeles, so I really had no office to go to here, and I started working from home as a necessity.
At first, it took a little getting used to. I had to make myself work and discipline was a hard thing to learn at the time for me. But I was able to make it work and now I would never consider anything else at this stage of my business. Just thinking of having the overhead of a store or office makes me feel claustrophobic. I experience freedom in working from home and I love that!
As a creative person, working from home should be easy, but it can be tricky as structure is more of a challenge for us than for non-creative people. If you are one of these people, especially if you are a designer or in the fashion industry, you are told that your work must be done in an office or at someone else’s business. Think again! Know that there is a way to make it all work and, please understand that it is ok for you to work from home!
There are some tricks that can help you be the most productive when you are working at home and I would like to share the ones that have helped me.
Get Up Early & Get To Bed Early
Creating a routine is very important for your sanity and your productivity. So get up early as if you were going to go to work somewhere, take a shower and dress for business. Mornings are the most productive part of our day, so use them to get your most important tasks out of the way. Get up and go to bed at the same time, if you stick to this you’ll find that you get more done and you won’t have to work as late. Make your weekends time to decompress and take a break as well.
Eat Regular Meals, No Munching Allowed
With busy schedules it can sometimes be hard to make time to nourish your body, don’t forget to feed yourself. Eating 5 small meals a day will help keep your metabolism up, especially if you exercise regularly.
It can get really comfy at home as there’s no real reason to leave the house anymore…right? Wrong, you want to make sure you schedule movement in your day even if it just walking the dog. Going to the gym can actually help your system get ready for the work day ahead.
Keep Work & Home Things Separate
It is imperative to keep things separated, if you don’t you will find yourself loosing track of things and not getting all of your tasks done. If you have space for an office, please use it, if not determine which home space to dedicate to your work and stick to it. An office helps keep distractions to a minimum and helps you feel like “you’re at work.”
Have A Start & Finish Time For Work
Try to treat working from home like a normal job, work starts at 9am and finishes at 5.30pm (if you need to work later you can). This way you’ll try to get everything you need to get done by the time work is over. If the day is “unlimited” then we tend to waste time reading blogs & forums.
Schedule Your Day
You can use you web calendar or your email software to enter your to do list, meetings and anything else that you need to do in a day so you know exactly what to expect from your day.
Space Matters, Be Organized
Organization is key to making working at home work. File your paperwork, create folders in your computer to keep things easy to find, don’t let paperwork pile up, and always purge old notes, papers, binders and anything else you don’t use on a daily basis.
Build A Team
There’s no bigger bottleneck in your operation than yourself. If you see you can’t get everything done, outsource tasks, form partnerships with other affiliates or hire a VA (virtual Assistant) to help you with some simple tasks they can do remotely.
Get Out & Have Fun!
Don’t overdo it, working from home is fun, but don’t let it get in the way of your personal relaxing time and time with your family. Make time to go out for a short period of time and connect with others, no one wants to be cooped up at home every day!
So it isn’t really that much different than having to work in an office, it will just require a bit more discipline. It’s great! And I can attest to the growth in confidence and the satisfaction that is derived from making my work/home life work. I have become more attractive in all areas (I am not talking about the physical aspect) and all around, making me a great catch for any sensible, successful, confident man out there!