How to change your schedule when you work from home

office-336368_1280Sometimes when you own a business you get to call all the shots. You get to set your schedule and you can decide what takes priority each day. However, sometimes outside life interferes with your business schedule. Sometimes you need to change your stay-at-home work schedule.

For example, maybe your children have started school their school summer holidays. This type of dramatic work schedule change can really chuck a spanner  in your productivity.

While there are certainly many challenges to changing your schedule, there are also many benefits. One of the most profound benefits is that when you change your schedule you force your brain to work in a different manner.

Have you ever tried to brush your teeth with your opposite hand or tried to eat with your opposite hand? Changing how you normally do things makes new connections in your brain. These new connections can foster innovation and creativity. Something as simple as changing when you work at home can have dramatic effects on your creativity and ultimately your business growth.

To help you overcome the challenges and embrace the benefits of changing your stay-at-home work schedule, here are four quick steps.

1.  Make Small Changes

If possible, make small adjustments in your work schedule so that you can gradually adapt to the new routine. This may mean cutting back a bit on your work schedule so you can adapt. For example, you might work for two hours in the morning before your children wake up and and hour after breakfast while they watch a DVD. Making small, gradual, changes to your schedule gives you time to find new systems that work for you.

2. Give Yourself Time to Adapt

Even if it is difficult to make small changes to your schedule, allow yourself time to adapt. You may not be as productive right away. However, being patient with the change means you have the time and the freedom to create new habits. For example, if you used to drink coffee in the morning before you got down to work, try drinking coffee in the afternoon. New habits and old comforts can really help you adapt to change successfully.

3. Find New Ways of Getting Things Done

Many work-at-home professionals fall into ruts. They always do the same things the same way. For example, maybe you always sit down in the morning to write your day’s blog post. When your schedule changes, it’s the perfect time to embrace other changes. For example, instead of writing your day’s blog post, perhaps you dictate it and then send it to your virtual assistant for them to transcribe, edit, and upload to your blog. Something that used to take an hour might now take you ten minutes.

Major changes can have a huge effect on the way you work. Instead of fighting those changes and dreading them, embrace them – you never know what might happen.

Five self confidence tips for freelancers

self confidence tipsIt’s an assumption that business owners are filled to the brim with confidence. The truth is that business owners, just like everyone else, have periods of extreme self-doubt. In fact, it may be true that business owners, because they take risks, suffer periods of low self-confidence more often than the average person. This can be especially difficult when you’re in the start up phase. However, the more confidence you have, in business and in life, the more action you’ll take and action is what produces results. If you’re struggling with your confidence, these tips may help you get over that hump. Here are five self confidence tips:

1. Get dressed

Sounds simple, but it works.  One of the benefits of working from home is that you can do it in your PJs. But if you want to boost your confidence, dress like you mean business.

2. Do something you know you’re good at

As a business owner you wear many hats. You’re the content creator, CEO, sales manager, and so on. Spend a bit of time at the beginning of every day focusing on your strengths. Do what you’re good at. You’ll start the day with more confidence.

3. Offer value

When you’re focused on offering value and benefit to others it takes the focus off of you. Instead of wondering what people will think about you or if you’ll succeed, you’re focused on making s

Sometimes the easiest way to find more confidence is to look at the worst-case scenario. We often imagine much more dire consequences than reality. For example, if you’re giving a speech then you may feel terrified to the point where you just cannot do it. However, the consequences of giving a bad speech are really quite small. When you realize the risk is lower than perceived, it’s easier to move forward.

5. Take Small Steps or Quantum Leaps

If you’re feeling particularly tentative then take small steps to test the waters. These small steps can help boost your confidence as you go. For example, if you’re an introvert, you might want to start with smaller, more sociable networking groups and leave the larger, lead-generation based groups until later (if at all!)

The other option is to dive right in. Skip the baby steps and go big. It’s the difference between slowly wading into a cold pool and allowing your body to get used to it, or diving right in. Sometimes it makes more sense to just jump and see what happens. When you succeed your confidence will undoubtedly soar.

4. What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

Often, the worst that could happen is that we trip over a few words in a presentation, or forget something we meant to say in a meeting. Once you’ve got beneath the fear, the reality is usually nothing like as bad as it first appears.