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It sounds easy (and even appealing) to roll out of bed and report to work in your pajamas. If you’re working from home, whether it’s a new development or not, you don’t have to worry about a commute, interacting with other humans, packing a lunch, or any other daily tasks that interfere with your work. However, when you are the only thing holding yourself accountable, it’s harder to stay disciplined.


Some of us work too much, forgetting to take care of ourselves and take necessary breaks. Others get distracted, watching TV or hanging out with family while shirking responsibilities. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, here are five steps to help you establish a routine and avoid mental clutter while working from home.


Mentally go to work

Although you aren’t reporting to a physical office, an important aspect of establishing a remote routine is putting yourself into an “office mindset.” If your living space is large enough, it’s great to have an office where you can shut the door and disconnect from your family/home life. However, even if you are working on your laptop from your living room couch, you can still go through the process of getting yourself in the mindset to work. A good place to start is maintaining a morning routine. Do your workout, get fully dressed, eat breakfast, or complete other elements of your normal morning routine. This separates you from the leisurely “day at home” and ensures that you begin your workday as productively as possible.


Schedule your day

Remember: what gets scheduled gets done. While working from home, it’s all too easy to take a break to walk the dog or run upstairs to start a load of laundry. If you know you will have personal obligations during your workday, schedule them into your day as break time and fully disconnect from work during that time. That way, your work and personal life won’t bleed into each other, and your breaks from work will still feel productive.


But…Live life

Scheduling your day is important so that personal time doesn’t bleed into work time, but also so that work time doesn’t overtake your life. If you associate your entire house with your work life, you will find it difficult to relax in your home. During one of your scheduled breaks, leave your workspace and watch a video, write poetry, play with your pets, or do anything that is a positive recreational activity and takes your mind off work. When you intentionally return to work you will be more productive.


Connect with coworkers

An easy way to increase productivity and stay focused while at home is staying in touch with coworkers. You can still build meaningful relationships remotely. Try video calls, messaging apps, or even email exchanges. It’s important to feel connected to your work and to remind yourself that you are a part of something bigger. These relationships with coworkers provide vital socialization as well, as we know it’s far too easy to sit at home in your pajamas and avoid social interaction. If you work for yourself, find a friend who is knowledgeable about the business you’re doing and exchange ideas. Simply having someone to talk to about your work will help you feel more engaged.


Be honest with yourself

Even if you create a routine, build a workspace at home, and take meaningful breaks throughout your workday, you still might experience the lazy day doldrums from time to time. The most important aspect of working from home is to be honest with yourself. Are you getting everything accomplished? Are you keeping work and home life separate? Are you finding time to eat nourishing meals? Do you feel happy and healthy? Be honest with yourself and challenge yourself to build a successful environment.


Since we don’t know when we’ll be done working from home, it’s important to put these five tips into practice to avoid that mental clutter and make the most of your new “office.” If I can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. You can schedule a free call right here.


Talk to you soon...and thanks for reading!


Kerry Thomas

Conquer the Chaos

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle


Today is the day...the final step of the 5 Step Productive Environment Process! This process assists you in planning to accomplish any goal. Big or small, professional or personal, this process helps you achieve the next goal on your list.


If you want to go back and read through steps one through four, visit them first:

Step 1: State Your Vision

Step 2: Identify Your Obstacles

Step 3: Commit Your Resources

Step 4: Create and Execute Your Plan


What was your goal from the start? Maybe this goal has changed based on your life circumstances. In the midst of this pandemic, things may seem up in the air! If you’re staying at home for the time being, you might have household or home office goals but be unsure of the framework to get them done.


Enter this process. After you’ve set your vision, identified your obstacles, committed your resources, and created your plan to execute, the final step may seem natural...but it’s actually the step people miss the most and it’s the step MOST needed for lasting change. Today, it’s time to Sustain your Success!


Accountability


If you want lasting results and lasting change after making and executing your plan, there are two things you must have: accountability and maintenance. Did you know you are 67% more likely to be successful with an accountability partner than if you tackle a goal on your own? While your accountability partner doesn’t have to be on track for the same goal as you, it’s important to identify a person (or group) who understands your goal and is dedicated to checking in to help you reach it.


Maintenance


Maintenance ensures that you take the necessary steps to make the changes. To make things a habit, you need to schedule them in advance so that you will keep up with them. For example, think of filing papers. Realistically, you won’t file papers every day or as papers come in (which is why I teach my clients to have a place to keep papers “to be filed”). Instead of wishful thinking, schedule the filing. Maybe for you this is every Wednesday or the last day of every month. I file twice a month during a webinar that I join that is “listen only.” I don’t ever get too far behind, but I also don’t worry about filing at any other time.


The Final Step


Regardless of your goal, think of the accountability and maintenance needed to make it happen. If your goal was to wear your “old” jeans again, find a friend who will check in with you each week and then schedule out your workouts in advance. If your goal was to plan a renovation, establish the guidelines and budget with your partner, friend, or contractor and set up a schedule for when things will get done. This final step of the process finishes the framework so that you can be on your way to not only meeting your goals but exceeding them!


Ready to Meet Your Goals?


Have you designed your plan to achieve your goals? Do you need assistance in staying accountable or want help identifying maintenance steps? I’m here for you. Find that accountability and get a teammate on your side by contacting me today. We can get a free consultation on the books.


Talk soon,


Kerry Thomas

Conquer the Chaos


Thanks for joining me as I continue my series on the 5 Step Productive Environment Process. This process can be used for any professional or personal goal you’d like to accomplish - big or small. Setting up a new filing system? Planning a renovation? Determined to wear your “old” jeans again? This process sets the framework to get you there..


Let’s Review


Over the last three months, I’ve led you through steps one through three. We started with Step 1: State Your Vision, which covered brainstorming your ideal situation and identifying the goal you wanted to reach. From there, we moved onto Step 2: Identify Your Obstacles. Here, we discussed the importance of taking a good, hard look at what is preventing you from success or what has done so in the past. In Step 3: Commit Your Resources, we looked at what resources you have or can obtain, such as money, time, people, and supplies.


Today, we will dig into the nuts and bolts of what it takes to accomplish your goal. Today, we’ll cover Step 4: Create and Execute Your Plan.


The Next Step


After you’ve set your goals, identified what is holding you back, and discovered what you have at your disposal to move forward, how do you put this into action? If you couldn’t guess by the title, now it’s time to plan!


Planning includes asking ourselves some important questions in regard to reaching our goals. Questions to ask yourself include:


When will you start?

How much time will you dedicate?

Who or what will help you?

What is the budget?

How will it look/what are the steps?


It’s important that in answering these questions, you are as specific as you were in Stating Your Vision. Rather than setting a lofty goal with no plan on how to reach it, decide on concrete and measurable steps. Once you have them, list them out.

Creating Your Action Steps


If someone were to ask you, “what are you doing to accomplish XYZ,” how would you answer? Rather than give a general answer, you should answer with specific ACTION steps. I’ve had clients get to this point and then say their plan is to “not be lazy anymore” or “stop procrastinating.” No! Stop right there! Those aren’t steps. In fact, those types of “steps” should be avoided at all costs. Those are dangerous and self-defeating judgements that have no place in a true plan of action. Please commit to leaving those negative self-comments behind....I promise it will be worth it.


When it comes to creating your action steps, it’s important to identify small steps you can take to make progress at each point of your journey. Be careful not to overwhelm yourself, as it can be easy to quit a plan before you even begin if it’s too much or involves resources, energy, and drive that you’re not able to give.


Ready to take the next step?


Are you ready to design your actionable plan? Are you interested in learning how to create steps that will help you get from point A to point B without losing your motivation? One way to design an actionable plan with concrete steps is by getting in touch today, learning more about what I do and scheduling a free consultation.


I’d love to hear from you. And keep in touch, as next month will be the fifth and FINAL step of the 5 Step Productive Environment Process!

Talk soon,


Kerry Thomas

Conquer the Chaos