Working from home has the potential to be amazing, but for many of us, that’s not how the story goes. Working from home means there is no commute. It means that you can simply role out of bed and be in your office. It means that you can work in an environment that you designed, surrounded by things that you find inspiring. And of course, it also means that you get to decide when and how you work.
Most of us spend a huge amount of time at the office not really working. We talk at the water cooler, we attend pointless meetings, and we stare at emails. We do this, because our managers expect us to be in work for a certain amount of time. And that’s the culture!
If you went home and just worked… well then you could be finished in 2/3rds of the time. Minus a commute and you have just saved yourself hours every single day. That’s hours to spend doing things you love, to work on side projects, or to hang out with your family.
But if you’re reading this, then I’m guessing that hasn’t been your experience so far! Perhaps you’re feeling trapped. Perhaps you’re feeling OVERWHELMED. Suddenly, there is no one looking over your shoulder. There is no accountability and no social pressure to get things done.And asking simple questions means shooting off emails that spend days to come back.
You’re feeling cooped up in the house and frankly miserable and so when the day starts, there is simply no way that you can find the motivation to sit down to work properly. The result is that you’re falling behind. You’re working longer hours and you’re feeling completely stressed. You feel hot all the time and you don’t remember the last time you shaved! This probably isn’t how you thought working online was going to go!
Does This Sound Familiar? The Typical Working Day For Someone New to Working From Home (It’s a Nightmare!)
So what happens?
You probably begin your day at 9am (because that’s sensible).
But you probably got up at 8.30am (because you could) and you therefore didn’t have time to wash. You’re feeling grimy from the day before… but you’ll do it later.
The first thing you do next, is to make yourself a cup of coffee. That takes 5 minutes. Then you check some emails, and maybe watch a video on YouTube.
It’s now 9.35am and you haven’t done anything yet.
A colleague on Slack has noticed that you’ve only just logged in…
You open up your todo list and you see a MASSIVE list of things that you need to complete. You MIGHT have had a chance if you’d started at 9am but now you’re doomed!
So you work solidly until 7pm, battling between focusing and procrastinating. You finish exhausted but still send off another email before bed.
Surprise, surprise, tomorrow doesn’t go any better!
So What’s The Solution To All This?
That would be to CHANGE YOUR MINDSET.
Working from home is ALL ABOUT having the right mindset. It’s about shifting the way you think about work, and it’s about training yourself to be able to operate with an incredible focus.
Imagine being able to sit down and complete a day’s work in 5 hours. That’s not a far-fetched fairy tale: it’s something that countless people can do with time and practice.
You could start work at 7am (with the discipline to get up early) and you could be finished by 12pm! You could have the whole rest of the day free.
I wrote a brand new course which shows you step-by-step how to successfully work from home, become more productive, get more done, all without going crazy.