During an uncertain time like this where there are so many things happening that are out of our control, it’s so important to know that you are not alone.
I hope that you and your family are doing well and safe, I’m deeply touched by so many of you that messaged and asked how I’m doing, I’m so thankful for sweet friends like y’all.
Lately, I’ve been asked a lot about how I’m doing working from home, how do I stay motivated, and what are some tips to stay productive during an uncertain time like this. While there are things that are out of our control, keep in mind that there are still other things that we CAN control.
This virus may have restricted me from doing some of the things that I’ve been wanting to do, but I refuse to let it take down everything that I’ve work so hard for in the last few weeks, months, and year. I believe that working from home in the last few months has prepared me to get through this crisis and I’m going to share a few things that help me stay productive. I hope this also helps you to look at this situation from a different perspective and use it as a fuel to push you forward with whatever situation you or your business is facing today.
First of all, if no one has said this to you, I just want to say that I’m so proud of the strong person you are today. During a time like this, the world needs more people like you to show up and be a leader.
For those of you who work for an essential company and still go into the office to work, I’m so grateful for your dedication and hard work to provides for our country.
For many of you who are new or have been working from home like myself, I know it hasn’t been easy. Whether it’s having to adjust your schedule to meet child care needs, take on new responsibilities and role within your business, set up your new home office, etc., this can really drain your energy from being motivated to do what you’re passionate for.
There are four things that I found helpful and keep me motivated while working from home are the following:
1) Stay focus on the end result.
2) Set boundaries to use time wisely.
3) Make a To-Do list and fill it with creative task.
4) Celebrate the small win.
With the “stay-at-home” order in place, this doesn’t mean you have to take the fun out of what you do. There will be times when you don’t want to get up from the bed because you just don’t feel like it, or perhaps you stayed up too late the night before watching your favorite show on Netflix, or for whatever excuses you may have. No matter how tired you are, how unmotivated you may get, NEVER forget the reason why you started.
My children have always been my biggest motivation behind why I started my business. By reminding myself why I started my business, this pushes me to work harder and do everything I can to succeed so that I can have more time with them and see them grow.
I know some people don’t like working from home because they feel it’ll be too distracting or it’ll feel like working all day, but to be honest, there are so many benefits to working from home and one of those reasons is cutting back time on the commute. This not only helps save you money but also provides you with more time for self-care.
No matter how hard it is for you to get up in the morning, how long the day may be or how busy your schedule is that day, you have to set boundaries around the house to help you get through the day. One rule that I set for myself is that no matter how I feel that day, I HAVE TO do one thing that will benefit my business.
It doesn’t matter how big or small that task may be, it can be as simple as posting on social media, checking emails and responding promptly to a client, or perhaps just reading up on an article to gain a new skill in your industry, one simple little thing may not be a lot today, but 10 simple little things in one week is a lot to make a difference.
If you live alone, working from home may be the perfect opportunity for you to include more self-care practices throughout the day with those extra times you may have. Such as meditating, trying out a new hobby, starting a new diet, learning a new skill, running an errand, or whatever that may be if it helps fuel your energy, go for it!
For those of you that have little ones and/or your spouse at home to keep you busy throughout the day, you have to really re-enforce those boundaries. Be clear with them about your working hours, set small breaks throughout the day to give hugs and kisses to the little ones and for everyone, most importantly, take a lunch break because this is a necessary self-care practice that I see many people skip out on because they want to make the day go by faster. It doesn’t do you and your business any good if you aren’t taking care of your body properly.
Check The To-Do List:
Make a TO-DO list for the day. If you don’t like to write, use the notepad app on your phone or desktop, whichever one helps.
I’m a fan of keeping a physical planner so I make notes of important dates as well as simple reminders for my to-do list. I also have a whiteboard that consists of my monthly calendar that I jot down my goals and tackle my to-do list.
By having a to-do list, this helps you stay on target as well as feeling productive as you check off each item from the list. Making a list also helps hold you accountable to get things done.
Oh, and if you can't get them all done today, don't worry, there's always room for tomorrow.
Celebrate The Small Win:
I remember when I was little and growing up I came across this article about plants, what I learned from this article is that if you water a flower and give it plenty of sunshine, it’ll grow faster and healthier than the one that sits in the corner under the shade.
Human is the same way, if you treat it with respect and appreciate them, they will perform and do better than those who never feel appreciated or always been told they can not do anything right.
If you know me, you know I’m a big fan of manifesting and the Law of Attraction, what you put out there comes back to you tenfold. That is why it's so important to also recognize when you do something good and it's okay to celebrate these small wins, it's a reminder to push you to work harder toward succeeding your goal.
When you learn to appreciate yourself and be grateful for the little things you’ve done, you are unstoppable. By achieving the little things that lead up to a big goal, this motivates and drives you to appreciate yourself in everything that you do toward your business.
During uncertainty time like this, people are looking up to strong leaders more than anything, it is up to you to shine and let them know you are there for them. This may not be the best time in our life to look back to but I know it will be the greatest opportunity to step up and take control of your life and run your business like the boss I know you can be.
Always remember that MINDSET IS THE KEY to success. When you stay focus on why you started and what you want, set boundaries to stay align with your goal, and always celebrate the small win to move you forward.
If one thing I learn from this crisis is that it has forced me to show up everyday with gratitude and learn to appreciate what I have instead of what I don’t have. I have no doubts we will get through this together and come out stronger.