Your office is in your home, versus you live at the office. You need both a home and an office. This may sound like nonsense but it does have important points. The problem with living at the office is that you may become inclined to work too much.
Having an idea at midnight is a good thing (ideas anytime are good!). You should take action as soon as possible or at least write down the details so you don’t forget what may be a very bright idea. You may also remember something that you need to do. However, if you have already worked more than 8-12 hours, you need to rest. Remove yourself from your work at times as a rule. All you need to do now is make a note to do it soon.
If you work at a job most usually don’t want to bring their work home with them, and it’s best not to. This includes emotional baggage from stress that is created by the whole hamster wheel rut to get to work, be at work and go home from work. If you are self-employed your routine can be varied somewhat anytime you feel the need. When you work for yourself you are free to a certain degree!
The day job has a start and stop working point, and then there is the struggle in traffic as ‘punishment for a job well-done’. The commute, at least is a break from the actual work — if anything good can be said about all the chaos of being stuck in traffic. It does provide a period where you can mentally switch gears from work to home.
‘Some people work to live, and some live to work’ – either way it’s ok. However we need to have moderation and balance in everything – enough work and enough play but not too much of either. With that said the person who loves to work will probably do a much better job. Try to find the good points!
When we rest, we cleanse our minds. It is crucial for our bodies to have relaxation and sleep on a regular basis. People who take ‘cat naps’ are more efficient – sharper than those bogged down by too many details. Taking naps, or at least shutting our eyes for a few minutes is good for the soul. It is not slacking unless we are not getting our work done (and maybe it is because we are too tired).
It is imperative to take frequent short breaks to rest your brain, eyes, neck and arms. Even sitting at your PC or desk for long periods is hard on your back and circulation, so better get away from your desk to stretch and walk around a bit if you can. Just a couple minutes is helpful to your health and efficiency.
All dedicated computer users probably understand what it is like to be really engrossed in whatever computer activity we might be involved in and unable or unwilling to stop even momentarily. However it is important to understand how seriously unhealthy it is not to get up regularly to rest the pressure that is being put on your entire skeletal system.
You really need to get your circulation going by moving around. This can take the form of short walks around your house, or some type of stretching exercise. It doesn’t have to be longer than a few minutes every hour or two but should definitely not be ignored.
At the same time you should be aware that your eyes need to rest as well. There is one exercise that involves looking at something as far away as possible (out a window for example). Focus on that for a few minutes. Your eyes will not be stuck at whatever distance is between you and your computer monitor. You can also alternate this with just closing your eyes for a few minutes to rest them.
None of these suggestions are remotely close to ‘slacking’ – they are necessary to maintain your good health. Look at it like if you were in too much back pain to work. Your neck is stiff, your lower back is painful, and you are not able to stand it after a while and must take time off to recuperate. This represents lost productivity and consequently income in addition to ruining your health.
If you do abuse your spine, one thing that is very effective and much healthier than pain pills or even OTC pain remedies is to get an ice pack – Ideally one of those that usually has a blue gel and is reusable indefinitely. It lives in your freezer and you take it out and use it for not more than 20-minutes on the same spot off and on.
Three more tips you should be aware of to alleviate some of the strain on your lower back that comes from too much sitting, etc., are as follows:
#1 Employ some sort of a footstool (a phone book works). You will feel right away how you are more comfortable not straining;
#2 Be sure that your computer keyboard and mouse are exactly in a straight line with your hands. This means no reaching up or down and straining your wrist and neck;
#3 Your monitor should be exactly at eye level – again this is no straining to look up or down. It should naturally be straight ahead.
If you want further information – just Google ‘ergonomics’.
You would be surprised to learn as groggy as it may feel, that you are your most creative when you first wake up. Maybe it is just because of maximum velocity; or maybe stressful situations have not arisen yet so you are better able to focus on what needs to be done.
Whatever you use that extra hour for – to accomplish anything you know you need to do today – get it over with. Getting up earlier will also cause you to be tired earlier and you may start to fall asleep sooner. Many people have trouble sleeping and the sooner you start to try to fall asleep the better. It doesn’t take that much effort when you are really tired.
Sometimes you need to actually train yourself to fall asleep – you can practice with naps which are really good for you, especially if you do not sleep well during the night. If you can’t fall asleep keep your eyes shut, stretch out in a comfortable position and keep trying. On the other hand if you can’t fall asleep in an hour then get up and do something away from your bedroom so that your mind does not associate not being able to sleep with that area. Then go back and try again.
If you don’t have something you think you need to do in that extra hour that is business-related then how about using it for some exercise? This will energize your day for sure if you start out with something healthy. Although the gym or gadgets will do, frankly something that involves fresh air is best if possible. It can change from day-to-day as long as you use the hour for something productive.
Particularly if you have a very busy schedule with a day job, a family, etc., any extra time you can squeeze in will not only make you more creative and productive, but will eventually make you feel a sense of peace and well-being because you are no longer rushing or feel like your life is just too tedious.
In order to benefit from scheduling your time, you first must determine how much time you will commit to spend on your business each day. Although your business should be a priority, you need to be realistic. Factor in time spent commuting, working at a job and family obligations. Don’t forget to schedule some time to relax and/or get some fresh air and exercise. The remainder is time you have for your business.
If all you have left is 2-hours each weekday and 4-hours on the weekend, that is still 14-hours where you can be very productive if you also plan how you will spend your time. Some tasks that are typical of an online home-based business might include monitoring your traffic and sales statistics, checking on marketing campaigns and implementing advertising transactions, posting to your blog and social networks and forums.
Then there is checking your email inbox. This can be a major time-waster and it is recommended that you strictly limit your time because otherwise you will waste time you could be using to promote your business. You can organize this if it is overwhelming and you will see how it can be manageable if you keep it ‘down to a dull roar’.
Your first priority would be messages from your customers and technical issues. All the messages from your affiliate programs you should just scan and then file off into folders in your email account – so that you don’t lose them. Offers would include a lot of spam typically and if it is not from a company you know you have opted in to, either put them in your spam folder or file those in a folder of their own.
It can’t be emphasized enough what a huge energy rip off your email can become if you do not get over the ‘next shiny object’ syndrome sooner rather than later. You need to focus on the opportunities that you have already chosen to work with and need to really just nip it in the bud if you can’t resist yet one more ‘last chance’ or ‘latest and greatest best opportunity’. Shuffle them right off without reading them unless you are actually business opportunity shopping – no matter how great they sound.
No program is going to work unless you work at it. If you have too many things on your plate you will not be able to give sufficient energy to each one but will end up doing them all ‘half-way’. In this regard it is helpful to really make a detailed list for what you need to do with each program. Where are you at with the process? Do they provide training? You may need to shuffle some things around to be able to avail yourself to special events like webinars, to watch a video or attend a coaching session.