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Let’s chat ‘working from home’

Let’s chat ‘working from home’ –

For those who run their own business from home or are full-time freelancers, you have no option but to work from home and the novelty can quickly wear off.
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As someone who has worked in rigid office environments, from home and more flexible, I thought I’d share a few common problems or misconceptions and how to overcome them!
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First up, ‘cabin fever’ is REAL! Even if you enjoy being alone you’ll still get cabin fever. Believe me when I say that, because when you realise it’s been 3 days since you left the house or spoke to anyone but your partner/child/dog you will be going NUTS. Make a point of planning time and reasons to get out of the house and stick to it. Mark it out in the diary!
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People will think your job is less serious or that you don’t work as hard as someone in an office. The way you speak about your ‘office’ (even if it’s your sofa, your bed or your garden table) will help people get over this mental hurdle. Refer to your Skypes as conference calls or coffees with connections as meetings, and try not to brag too much about your extra 20-minute lie in or delicious homemade lunches that you’re able to prepare😂
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More housework and odd jobs will land in your lap. Because you’re technically ‘at home’ you will find chores and random tasks suddenly become your responsibility. Set boundaries early and stick to them. Just because you are in the house doesn’t mean you’ll be able to do all the cleaning or run errands for your other half in the middle of the day.
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One great upside is that your health can easily improve, so long as you consciously act on your new freedom. You’ll be far more in control of your time and your diet, meaning you’ll be able to get more sleep (bye-bye commute and getting ready for work) and won’t be ‘obliged’ to join in with Sally’s birthday cake every Tuesday! You will be able to walk, without raised eyebrows and generally be a ‘calmer’ you. This new-found freedom swings both ways though, so be sure to set your routine early on to avoid falling into unhealthy habits (aka cake for breakfast!)
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Any other tips of there?


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