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Managing Time and Stress when Working at Home

May 30, 2006 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

Managing Time and Stress

Stress is anything that disturbs your healthy mental or physical well being. Isolation, overwork and poor time management all breed stress. Here are some guidelines to make it a little easier on yourself.

Work, whether in a corporate setting or in your own home office, is stressful. Sad to say, there is no escaping stress.

Doctors define stress as anything that disturbs your healthy mental or physical well being. Isolation, overwork and poor time management all breed stress. Having trouble getting motivated? Chances are you are stressed out. Or maybe you can’t handle setbacks? That’s stress! It could also be a looming deadline, a demanding client, delayed shipments and deliveries, or even the barrage of emails and phone calls that you receive. As an entrepreneur, the constant need to generate income and maintain the financial health of your business can create more stress than some people can take.

Sustained long-term stress can make you feel anxious and frustrated, resulting in a downslide of your work quality. It can also give you a feeling of a sense of failure, and your health may begin to suffer. You either have to live with stress, or learn to deal with it. Here are some guidelines to make it a little easier on yourself:

Effective time management. Plan your time and establish priorities on a daily “to do” list. By preparing a daily list of things to do you’re ready to act when the time comes, with no need for further thought or preparation. You’re ready for action. Decide what your “prime time” is and do your most important or difficult tasks. Get the tasks done the first time. Set “business hours,” specific times when you are at work and times when you turn on the answering machine because you are “on duty but off call.” You, your customers, and your family will appreciate knowing your set routine, even though you know that for special events or emergencies you can break that schedule.

Focus on the urgency of the task. Make a habit of completing every task you start without having to go back to it. Efficiency, or doing things with as little waste motion as possible, is important to the success of every business venture.

Eliminate distractions. Notice what your four or five big time-wasters are and learn techniques to eliminate them or compensate for them. Some common ones are: telephone interruptions, visitors, socializing, excessive paperwork, lack of policies and procedures, procrastination, failure to delegate, unclear objectives, poor scheduling, lack of self-discipline, and lack of skill in a needed area.

Stay in contact with people. Home alone with the job you love – it’s the new American dream. Unfortunately, it’s the alone part many must learn to handle. Even though you prefer to work at home, you should plan work-related or social activities that provide frequent contact with others. This will help your morale if you feel isolated. Even for home-based business owners who like feeling isolated, keeping up with business and professional contacts is a must.

Build a fitness program into your day. Many successful entrepreneurs exercise in order to think creatively. Exercise is a great way to relieve anxiety, stress, frustration, and daily pressure, as well as to recharge emotional batteries. Physical activity sends oxygen to the brain and helps the mind function better. Take time off to exercise or simply relax. Jog, do brisk walking, play with your dog, tinker in your garden, or join a structured program at the gym. Don’t consider the time wasted; it pays HUGE dividends.

Give your home business as much of a separate and distinct physical identity as possible. While a home and office may exist under one roof, remember that an office is not a home, and vice versa. Although you might save a few dollars by using the ironing board as a bookshelf and a cardboard box as a file cabinet, the stress and strain of operating without proper space and supplies will take its toll. Have a separate room or area for your business, with a separate entrance if customers or suppliers visit. Deliberately and consciously entering an area explicitly designated for work separates “being at home” from “being at the office.” One space must not be allowed to invade the other. (In addition to the psychological and physical comfort of having a separate office, the IRS requires it in order for you to make a legitimate claim for tax deductions.)

Take care of your major business asset: YOU. Being the boss can be exciting, fulfilling, and rewarding. It can also be lonely, stressful, and demanding. Learn to balance your professional and personal life. Make yourself a concerted effort to schedule periodic “rewards” into your daily and weekly routines for a job well done: lunches or dinners with friends, regular workouts at the health club, or a weekly massage. Your business depends on you to be at your best.

About The Author:

Isabel M Isidro is currently the Managing Editor of Power Homebiz Guides. For a step-by-step guide to starting a business, order the CD-Rom “Power Home Business Ideas” from PowerHomeBiz.com

5 Steps To Build Up Your Self Esteem

May 29, 2006 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

Building up your self-confidence takes time and commitment but it is well worth it! You will soon find yourself embracing your new image and giving off a very positive energy that will surely come back to you.

1 – Start each morning and end each day with a positive statement or thought. Create your own mantra (i.e. “I am intelligent”, “I will have a positive day”, “I will succeed”).

2 – Get to know the TRUE you and accept yourself. The more you accept your true self the more others will do the same.

3 – Make a list of all your positive characteristics and achievements. Keep adding to this list as time goes on and be sure to keep your list in a place where you can access it and read it at will.

4 – Choose your words/thoughts carefully; Take time to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. If you are faced with a challenging task — instead of saying, “I will never get this done on time” rephrase your word/thoughts into positives: “When I finish this task I will treat myself to something nice” or “This may be challenging but I can do this”.

5 – Take what you are good at and enhance it. Let others know about it! Hold your head up high, be proud and know that you have a special gift
inside of you.

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  • Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

    May 25, 2006 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

    Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. I know this is easier said than done, but learning to let things go once in awhile is key to finding some more time for yourself to just relax or do something that you truly enjoy. So what if the house goes 1-2 days without getting vacuumed or the laundry is put on hold for an extra day. It is important to elieviate some stress that we put on ourselves to get ALL of those little things done at once.

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    MommyFest Is Coming!

    May 22, 2006 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

    MommyFest, is coming!
    The 3rd Annual MommyFest is on May 23-25, 2006
    Mark your calendars – it is going to be an info and FUN packed event.

    There are lots of informative workshops both via audio and online chat.Some Topics covered are:

    - Blogging Basics
    - Adsense
    - How to Drive Traffic to your Website
    - Teaching your Baby Sign Language
    - Establishing a Web Presence
    - Resilience Training for Moms
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    - How to Host an Online Event and so much more …

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    Make sure to MARK your calendars!

    There will also be Games, Contests, Freebies and networking
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    Cheap Summer Fun For Kids

    May 21, 2006 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized 2 Comments →

    Cheap Summer Fun for Kids

    Entertaining your children when school is out for the summer can become quite expensive, especially if you enroll them in pricey summer camps for a large portion of the time. However, many parents feel that the alternative is to have their children sulking on the couch while moaning about how bored they are, especially if friends are all attending camps. Actually, there are plenty of ways to have cheap summer fun with your kids. Why not try a few of these budget friendly ideas?

    Your local YMCA is a family oriented place with plenty of great activities. Your children can go swimming, take a variety of classes and even attend day camps for a very reasonable price. Most YMCA’s have family memberships, which makes the classes more affordable for families with several children. If you don’t have a YMCA close by, check with your local parks and recreation department to see if they are offering events for children and families during the summer months. Many times, they offer low cost art, sports and even cooking classes for kids.

    Another great way for your kids to have fun this summer is to set up events in your own backyard. Have them put together a circus. After they’ve practiced the event and have the ring set up, friends and family can make up an audience to view the final result. Don’t forget to add some games and serve some refreshments that match the theme, such as popcorn and corndogs. If your children don’t like the circus, suggest that they put on a play, hold a pet show or set up a fair.

    If your children like collecting things, they can make a natural history museum in a spare corner of the house. Then, you can take field trips to local places so that they can create their museum exhibits. Take them on nature hikes so that they can make rubbings of tree bark and leaves. Let them take photos of local wildlife and flowers, but be sure that you don‘t actually take home any wildflowers, since these plants may be endangered. Go to the beach and collect interesting shells and bits of sea glass or visit the areas where your local rock hounds hang out. If you have prolific gardens or you can get permission for them to pick some flowers in someone else’s garden, your children can also press flowers and mount them as part of the display.

    If your children are budding entrepreneurs, they may have more fun making money. Why not try a good old-fashioned lemonade stand? Just be sure your town or city doesn’t have any ordinances that would prohibit it before the kids set up. If they need to clean out their closets and toy chests, suggest that they combine the lemonade stand with a yard sale.

    Finally, don’t forget about gardening. Growing their own produce can be fun for kids, especially when they discover a two foot long zucchini hiding in the garden bed.

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    Aurelia Williams is the owner of Real Life Solutions, your resource for free positive parenting tips and information.

    Moms? Are You Ready to Party Hearty?

    May 19, 2006 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

    It’s that time of year! The weather is warming up, children are graduating and families are firing up the Grills.

    Putting together a nice party is a great way to celebrate special events in our lives.

    If you haven’t visited Real Life Solutions lately, then you may have missed all of the new and informative resources that is located at the If so visit ‘Party Planning’ section:

    We have tips from how to plan a party on a tight budget to how to throw the best Toddler Birthday Bash!

    Be sure to visit us soon and I love hearing from you so please keep your comments coming.

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    Reduce Your Stress Now

    May 15, 2006 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

    Are you stressed out? Could you use a break? If I gave you a nickel for every time you heard the word Moooommmmmyyyy – would you be rich? Well, we have all been there! With babies, toddlers and older children to care for along with cooking meals, paying bills, cleaning and playing taxi, finding time for yourself may seem impossible and when you do find a few quiet minutes, many of us are at a loss for what to do.

    Taking time out to recharge your batteries is just what you need. So, what’s stopping you? Leave your chores behind, just for a little while, and give yourself permission to take a much needed time-out.

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    Free Resourses for Everyone!

    May 10, 2006 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

    Last month, I passed along some great free resources for you and the response was wonderful so here I am again with more free resources that I hope you will enjoy. You can use these free resources for your business and personal life.

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    Mommy Fest 2006: Interactive Online Convention for Moms held on May 23-25, 2006. Join us for Celebrating Motherhood 365 days a year! You can register now and it is totally free.

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    Enjoy the free resources and events. I love hearing from you so be sure to send along your comments!

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    10 Tips to Avoid Work At Home Mom Burnout

    May 03, 2006 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

    Working from home is a great way to stay home with your kids while still supplementing the family’s income. On the flipside, it can be challenging to be mother and employee at the same time. Your stress level will rise quickly when you have deadlines to keep or phone calls to make while your little ones are acting out. Implement a few of the ideas below to prevent Work at Home Mom Burnout.

    1. Don’t work more than you have to. Money isn’t everything. You family needs a happy and sane mom.

    2. Create a schedule or to-do list both for work and your personal life. Just realize that you won’t always get everything done and don’t worry if you don’t. There’s always tomorrow.

    3. Designate an errand day. Spend one day a week running around town getting everything done for the week. This is when you will grocery shop, drop things off at the drycleaner, go to the post office and anything else you need to do.

    4. Enjoy your kids. Take some time to play with them every day. Have a picnic lunch
    in the yard, take them on a little field trip or just play catch for a while. You’re a work at home mom because you want to spend time with your kids. Work and house chores can wait while you play.

    5. Go out on a date with your spouse. Make date night a regular occurrence and connect with your lover.

    6. Have lunch with a girlfriend. We need some adult conversation every now and then. Make time to stay in touch with your friends.

    7. Call a friend. If you are having a bad day, call a good friend and just talk for a little while. You’ll be relaxed and rejuvenated when you get back.

    8. Get some exercise. Go for a walk, join a gym, or try a Pilate’s class. Exercise will not only keep you in shape, it’s also a great de-stressor.

    9. Play some upbeat music and dance around the living room. Who cares if your kids and the neighbors think you’ve lost it? You are having fun and are releasing all that build up physical energy.

    10. If you own a business, stick to one until it more or less runs itself. Don’t burn yourself out by trying to run several businesses at the same time.

    Start implementing a few of these ideas today and watch your stress level go down. You will prevent work at home mom burnout and get to enjoy life more. Your family will appreciate spending time with a fun and relaxed mom. That’s what it’s all about – spending quality time with your family

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    Nell Taliercio is the owner and founder of TelecommutingMoms.com – which is a leading resource website with work at home jobs and everything a telecommuting mom would need. Come visit us today!

    Easy to Follow Healthy Diet Tips

    May 01, 2006 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

    I have recently added more resources to the Real Life Solutions Healthy Living page at Real Life Solutions.

    Starting a weight loss diet is one of the easiest things a person can do. Staying with it, well, that’s another thing entirely. There are so many reasons that people just can’t seem to stay with their weight loss attempts.

    Stop by and read our article on How to Make Losing Weight Easier.

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