You can be successful and productive at home with these strategies.

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Working from home. Remote work.

“Sitting on the couch with a laptop and your cat while you write reports.”

Call it what you want, but for a lot of us, it’s going to be the new normal.

For those of us that are used to getting up every day and heading into the office, making a sudden shift to working from home can be overwhelming.

There are so many distractions and other things around the house to pull your attention away from your work.

It could be the laundry leftover from the weekend or the sudden need to fix a squeaky door that you’ve been putting off for months. …

Use these three strategies to find quick relief from your worries

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Anxiety is something we all experience at one time or another, but with the coronavirus catching us all off guard, and changing the way we work and live, it’s only natural to feel uneasy, scared and anxious.

Anxiety is part of our brain’s innate flight or fight response and can be useful in some situations — but in excess, it can become a problem.

A big problem that can quickly take over your life.

With constant pressure to do more, produce more and be on and available 24/7, many of us deal with anxiety on a daily basis.

And now that we’re all trying to manage the reality of the coronavirus and what it means for our families, and future, anxiety is at an all-time high. …

Master your next sales call with these simple strategies that work

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If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, you’re likely familiar with the sense of dread that can wash over you when you make a sales call.

Whether it’s a cold call, a hot lead, or something in between, sales calls can cause a lot of anxiety. There can be a lot riding on the line for you and your business, and your result could spell disaster.

Some go so far as purposely planning to avoid sales calls and knowingly hurt their business growth because of this fear.

What I’ve learned as a small business owner is that sales calls are essential to moving towards your broader business goals and that they aren’t THAT bad. …

How to start small and get yourself ready to scale up.

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If you love to write as I do, my guess is that the dream of freelancing is incredibly enticing to you. The thought of picking your own clients, setting your own hours, and working in your pyjamas is enough to make you giddy with excitement.

One of the best parts of working as a freelancer is that you can skip your commute, focus your most productive time on work that makes you happy, and say goodbye to your boss.

These things are all big perks of choosing to work for yourself and pursuing your freelancing dream. …

Use these important lessons to avoid your own missteps when launching a business.

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A year ago one of my closest friends, we’ll call her June, was in the middle of launching her dream business — the opening a health and wellness center for new moms.

For as long as June and I have been friends she’s been driven by a passion to have a center where women could go to have all their mental and physical health needs met under one roof.

After her own struggle with postpartum depression, she had designed the center and its services based on what she wanted when she was in the middle of her illness.

Earlier that year she’d finally found a business partner, that we’ll call Nancy, who had the cash to invest in building out a leased storefront space. …

If you’re feeling stuck in a rut and that life is passing you by, you’re probably right.

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It’s so easy to get caught in the daily grind and lose track of time. The days blur into weeks, which turn into months, and before you know it you’ve started your holiday shopping for yet another year.

Some days it feels like you blink and you’re already headed back to bed, and others drag on with their mind-numbing monotony. Getting caught up in the day to day, trying to build a career, maintain a social life, and keep food on the table can be exhausting.

Regardless of what age you are or stage of life you find yourself in, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut that’s been worn deep by your daily routine. …

Too many of us count ourselves out before we even start — here’s how to master your mindset.

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If you’re anything like me self-doubt is a plague that you’ve become friendly and familiar with. It has been a constant companion throughout my life, at times the feeling and perception being stronger than others.

My self-doubt comes deeply rooted in my upbringing where I dealt with constant negative messaging that failure wasn’t an option. Surprisingly though, the rationale behind that mindset isn’t what you might think.

A fear of failure and not being good enough at something were driven by the costs — both time and financial — of making an attempt. …

Many of us have given up our weekends in the name of productivity — it’s time to reclaim yours.

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The weekend was once a time where I was able to let go of everything from the previous week and enjoy doing something other than work. There wasn’t a pervasive sense of guilt that I carried if I indulged in an all-day movie marathon or stayed up past 1am and didn’t get anything done.

That changed when I started my Master’s degree while working full time. Saturday and Sunday quickly became my main time to work on my courses, and my freedom started to erode.

My intention was always to get back to a place where weekends were a time for sleeping late, mindlessly enjoying a bottle of wine with my husband and spending more time doing creative work. …

A home office has its perks but you’re also liable to fall into one of these time traps.

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Working from home has so many advantages over the traditional commute to the office that might see you fight with traffic for an hour, only to get major grief for being five minutes late.

Aside from eliminating travel time from your day, a home office can also help with productivity and focus (say goodbye to chatty co-workers), improve your time management and give you the flexibility to plan your day your way.

Without someone constantly checking over your shoulder, you’re free to spend as much time on projects, business development, and marketing as your heart desires.

If you’re someone that values your independence and can effectively self-manage, working from home can be a dream. …

Change your mindset and watch your world shift.

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It would be wonderful if life came with an instruction manual and all we had to do is look at the table of contents, find the right page and the answer to the problem we’re facing would be right there in front of us.

But that would be too easy.

Part of what makes life worth living is the difficulty, struggle, uncertainty, and constant learning. Without these forces at work, things might get boring — and we don’t want that.

With that said, there are a lot of things that many of us do regularly that make our experience of life just that much harder. …


Shannon Hennig

Writer & entrepreneur. Productivity, work, mindfulness and motherhood. Subscribe for tips & tools.

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