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Working From Home Has Pitfalls

Working from home has many advantages. In many ways, it can be the ultimate freedom; you get to set your hours, working when, where, and how you want. However, there are also several potential pitfalls you need to be aware of and watch out for, or you'll risk turning your home-based job into an unproductive nightmare.4218955786?profile=RESIZE_710x

Failing to keep business and private life separate

This is one of the most common issues for people who work from home, especially those who are self-employed. When the home office is "right there," it can be hard to stay away even if you should be off work for the day. Before you know it, you'll have spent another few hours of your precious weekend at work. This is the fast track to burning out, and something you must learn to avoid if you want to be successful working from home.

Not planning your work

This mostly applies to people who are self-employed and may not have a boss telling them what to do every day. When you're working on your projects, planning is an absolute must. If the first thing you ask yourself when you start your day is "Ok, what am I going to do today?", then you're setting yourself up for failure. It's much better to plan out the next day before you go off work in the evening, so you're ready to get started first thing in the morning.

Working at irregular times

When you're free to set your hours, it doesn't mean that you should only work "whenever you feel like it." Chances are after a few months that you'll rarely feel like it at all, especially when there are so many fun distractions around the house. That's why it's better to try to stick to working the same hours every day. Even if it might resemble a "real job" a bit too much for your liking. You can always take breaks during the day if you need to recharge, but try to at least go into your office around the same time if you want productivity levels to stay high.

Not getting out of the house regularly

When you work from home, there is usually very little motivation to go outside. You've got everything you need at home anyway, right? That's true, but after a whole week, you'll most likely be feeling isolated and lonely, and that's perfectly normal. That's why taking time for little things like grabbing lunch with a friend is important- something as simple as that can boost your energy and make your working week easier and less tedious.

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You have goals of a new career, purchase your own home, and improve your health. Or perhaps you have smaller goals, such as learning a new language or traveling more often. However, you always find excuses about how the time is not right or the perfect opportunity is not here.

Most people have good ideas and the talent to achieve their goals. They fail because they quit or most often never even start. They get caught up in ruminating over what they might do and never take action.4185468241?profile=RESIZE_710x

If this sounds like you, it's time to make a change. Follow these three steps to stop thinking and start doing!

Set Your Priorities Straight

Start by defining your priorities. What do you want to achieve the most? Set short-term and long-term goals, such as getting a promotion, acquiring new clients, or buying a home. Give yourself due dates for each of these goals. Even if you don't meet the deadline, it should be just enough to get you started.

Eliminate any distractions that are wasting your time and focus on your end goal - to acquire new leads and boost your revenue.

Stop Overanalyzing and Go for It

Do you spend hours or days thinking and planning? Do you always focus on the worst-case scenario? Are you constantly trying to read between the lines? These signs indicate that you tend to overanalyze everything.

Like it or not, your thoughts are not reality. Just because you're thinking of the worst-case scenario, it doesn't mean it will happen. Don't believe everything you feel or think. Sometimes, you need to go with the flow and take some action. Overanalyzing situations, events, or actions rarely leads to a productive outcome.

Focus on the Positive

Psychologists advise there is a good reason for staying positive. A negative attitude fuels fear and anxiety, keeping you from reaching your goals. Your natural tendency is to think of what could go wrong instead of keeping an open mind. 

Keeping a positive attitude is good for your health too. It boosts your motivation and inner drive, helps you stay strong when times get tough and gives you a fresh perspective on the world around you.

Try meditation, positive affirmation, yoga, or whatever it takes to ward off negative thoughts. Focus on the good in your life and stay positive. Negativity leads nowhere; it's neither productive nor helpful.

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Cure Mental Fog

We’ve all experienced mental fog. You feel your brain is in the clouds instead of an actual brain. Its symptoms include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Diminished memory
  • Find it hard to focus
  • Poor communication skills
  • Low motivation
  • Easily distracted

Brain fog is a result of any imbalance in the control center of the brain, otherwise known as the hypothalamus. This imbalance can be a result of inflammation, free radicals or any stress brought on by several factors, such as:

  • Multi-tasking
  • Exhaustion
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Imbalanced hormones
  • Infections
  • Not getting enough sun exposure
  • Substance abuse

Even though the mental fog is natural as a result of our busy, nonstop lifestyles, it shouldn’t happen frequently. If you feel that you’re experiencing fogginess more often than you’d like, then here are some simple changes you can do to stop it from happening and prevent any future occurrences.3830155473?profile=RESIZE_710x

·         Eat right

It’s incredible how much power our food has over us. Processed foods high in saturated fats and gluten all have a negative effect on your brain. So much so that a study has proven how gluten sensitivity has been linked to low concentration and focus abilities. Also, not getting enough water into your system can lead to brain freeze.

  • Take your vitamins

If your diet is lacking in antioxidants, vitamins, such as D and B complex, or minerals, such as calcium, zinc, and magnesium, then you should start looking for supplements that work along with your diet and provide you with all the necessary nourishment you’re lacking.

·         Get better sleep

We all sleep, but it’s the quality of our sleep that can either make us or break us. High quality sleep improves brain function on the whole. While it’s ideal for getting the full 8 hours each night, some people require only 6 for optimal effectiveness. Find what works best for you, then regulate your sleep by creating a relaxing bedtime routine and a comfortable sleeping area.

·         Work out

When you exercise, you send fresh, oxygenated blood to your entire body, mainly your brain. This boosts its cognitive functions and diminishes brain fog. Studies have proven how exercise can improve learning and study skills, optimize concentration and memory skills.

·         Find a hobby

While we tell ourselves there aren’t enough hours in the day to do what needs to be done, let alone find time to enjoy a hobby, there are ways to incorporate fun, relaxing activities into your weekly schedule. The first step is to schedule some “me” time and stop thinking it’s selfish, like most of us do. The second step is to find something you enjoy doing to chill out. It could be meditating by yourself in a quiet room with scented candles, or a class or club and getting to meet new people. The final step is to decompress and enjoy.

Brain fog is entirely reversible. You need to do the work and find out what works for you. Each one of us is unique, so it may be a bit challenging at first to find that perfect fit. You’ll be glad you made an effort once you regain clarity and be able to perform at your best.

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Many aspects of pushing forward towards success involve getting out of your comfort zone. Your whole life, you may have very well been somewhat sheltered, or have gotten used to just rolling with the punches as they came to you.

This kind of mindset doesn’t work so well for being successful and changing the things that you’ve known your whole life can be a scary jump to make. However, everyone goes through it at some point.3584381064?profile=RESIZE_710x

Being uncomfortable may seem like a bad thing, but there are positive aspects to it. When you’re nervous, it means that you know you’re doing something that you wouldn’t normally do.

This is a step forward - you doing something out of character - and knowing this means progress is being made. You’re no longer stuck in that same rut - you’re changing things up.

You should know that going into your journey to success; you’ll face a lot of adversity and struggles. There will be times when you’re upset, feeling stuck, feeling uncertain, and all kinds of things.

However, those negative feelings are greatly outweighed by the sense of accomplishment you get when you start to reach your goals. Eventually, you will embrace the nervousness and the worries that come with taking on something unfamiliar.

Even if you have to put on a smile at first, you’ll soon find yourself loving being in new situations with tons of opportunities to do something that will help you succeed. You’ll finally be breaking up the monotony of everyday life with new, refreshing experiences.

It is said that nothing worth having comes easily, and the same for your path to success. You’re trying to retake your life and change it all up for the better.

This is a daunting task because you’ve spent so much time in your old, unfulfilling life that you don’t know whether or not you’ll succeed in this new mindset and lifestyle. However, it’s much better to have at least tried.

Even if you were to fail to become successful with a new strategy, you'd be able to sleep comfortably knowing that you did give it your all. If not, you’ll end up with regrets later in life about not having tried. On the other hand, you might end up successful after all, and you’ll finally be able to live that life you’ve always dreamed of.

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Motivation is the driving force that inspires us to take action to achieve our goals. Everyone has experienced a time in their life when their motivation takes a downward turn. It is important to remember that at the end of the day, your motivation starts and ends with you. You can wake up feeling inspired and crush your day, or you can sit around the house and be lazy. Ultimately, the choice is yours. Here are several useful tips for increasing your motivation starting today. 

Tip #1 – Set Clear Goals

Many times our lack of motivation happens because we haven’t set clear goals for ourselves. If you go any way the wind blows, how can you expect to stay motivated? When you set clear and specific goals, it helps to focus your attention on what matters most and provides you with the motivation you need to continue on when things get tough.

Tip #2 – Find Your Why

You wake up and struggle to get going; it may be because you haven't found your "why" yet. When people fail to achieve their goals in life, it is because they haven't taken the time to discover what it is that makes them come alive. We are more motivated when we feel like there is a purpose to what we are doing and where our efforts contribute to the greater good. Finding your "why” will increase your motivation starting today. To identify your why, you'll want to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What makes you come alive inside?
  • What excites you. You can not stop thinking or talking about this subject.
  • Where do you add the most significant value?
  • What are your innate strengths?
  • How will you measure your life?

When you find yourself running into roadblocks on your way to achieving your goals, step back, and reassess your “why.”

Tip #3 – Prioritize Your Health

Your level of success in life is determined by how you take care of yourself. If self-care isn’t a top priority in your life, everything else suffers, which can cause you to be more distracted and less motivated. Try creating a morning ritual and make a habit of waking up and engaging in activities that will increase your motivation. If you want to improve your motivation, then you have to make your physical health a priority.

Tip #4 – Picking Your Friends

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn

Take a look at these five people and ask yourself.

  • Who do you spend your time with?
  • Why do you spend time with them?
  • Are they negative or positive people?
  • What actions do you have in common?
  • Are they action takers or do they gossip?

This is the most essential tip for increasing your motivation starting today. Spend your time with motivated people. It is contagious. When you are around motivated people, you do more without thinking about it. You want to help them accomplish their goals. When you show motivation and passion people will want to help you too.

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 Most people have dealt with limiting negative self-talk their entire lives. Negative experiences start during childhood and continue throughout our adult lives. This is a normal part of life that we all experience. Too often though, our thoughts become negative as well. Even more troubling is when we start negatively talking to ourselves. This negative self-talk is one of the most limiting behaviors. Use these tips to help overcome limiting negative self-talk.


  1. Distinguish between negative thoughts and critical thinking.
    We need to hone the art of self-critique. Otherwise, we will never believe that we are doing something wrong. However, you need to recognize when that critiquing becomes negative self-talk. When you can distinguish between these, now critical thinking has become a powerful tool.
  2.  Accept failure.
    If you like to beat yourself up whenever you fail, you are in for a steep road ahead. You will fail, and you will do it many times in your life. Embrace this as a gift rather than a burden. Try to view failure as more of a lesson learned. Don’t tell yourself you are a failure; tell yourself that you just learned what doesn’t work.
  3.  Repeat daily affirmations.
    You should look for affirmations that fit your current life situation. Use these as often as you can. Try repeating these affirmations every day. You should even write them out on a piece of paper and keep them close. The idea here is to program your mind for positive thinking. The more you keep at it, the more natural it will become. Ideally, those negative things you tell yourself will eventually be taken over by your positive affirmations.
  4. Limit your time with negative people.
    These people thrive on negativity and enjoy dragging others down with them. If you cannot avoid them altogether, spend as little time with them as possible. You already struggle with negative self-talk, so you don’t need them adding more negativity. If you spend more time with positive people that build you up, your negative self-talk will naturally reduce.
  5.  Learn to see the good in people.
    If you are always thinking negatively of others, it makes sense that you will more naturally think negatively about yourself. Being more open-minded towards others will help you be more accepting of your flaws as well.
  6.  Negative thinking is a choice.
    Even though you have been bombarded with it since you were a child, thinking negatively is something you choose to do. Conversely, positive thinking is just as much a choice as negative thinking. Choosing positive thinking isn’t an easy, quick fix; it takes a lot of work and practice. …so start now!
  7. Strengthen your self-belief.
    Negative thinking often occurs due to a lack of belief in yourself. When you strengthen your confidence, it will help you get through those times that bring you down.

Eliminating limiting negative self-talk will open the door to a bright and exciting future. It will be worth all the effort you put into it. Do not give up. 

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