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Staying motivated when you work and school from home

I have been working full time from home for almost 6 years now. It has been a life changing experience that has taught me so much about life, work and people in general. Many are still not used to the idea that people can make a full time living wage working from home. I got my own fair share of dealing with these sort of people, but I think they are now used to the idea. However, from this October, I will also be studying from home alongside working. I decided to go back to university for a completely new degree – Psychology at The Open University. So I will be working and studying from home for the next 3 years at least. Many wonder how I will be staying motivated while I do all these from home. That question promoted this post.

 

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Staying motivated when you work and school from home

Doing anything from home isn’t easy. The home is your safe zone with lots of distractions, so you usually have your guard down. Which is why many struggle to do anything serious from home. While work or study, when you can chill on the sofa watching Netflix, or curl up in bed and just relax. It can be tricky to work or study from home because the home can be too relaxing to get anything done. So the way I look at it is different. I can’t do anything about how relaxing and homely my house is because I need it to be that way to function. Which is why I work on myself rather than worrying about the distractions.

 

I stay grounded

Me being grounded means I remember the reason why I am working or studying from home, and that reason keeps me focused and motivated. I need to work from home in order to be the kind of mum I want to be for my kids. They are at the stage where I feel I need to be present, which is why working from home works for us. I work while they are in school and I take any free hours I get after they are tucked in bed in the evenings and during the weekends. Since I am going to be studying as well, I will be sharing the free hours between work and study.

 

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My personality helps

With my busy life, I hardly have free time. I do make out time to care for myself because that is really important, but I don’t have as much free time as others because I am juggling a lot. The truth is I am fine with limited free time. I am not much of a social butterfly even before I got married and had kids, so much hasn’t changed in that area. I rather stay at home and watch a movie then go partying for example, and that has always been me. This personality makes it easy for me to work and study at home because I don’t feel isolate, or feel like I am missing out on something.

 

At the end of the day, it all depends on you and what what you want out of life. It also depends on your passions and relentless you are in pursuit of them. I don’t really have to motivate myself to do any of these things, they come natural to me. Which is why I always say don’t go with the crowd, do what works for you.

Do you work or study from home? Do you do both like me? How are you staying motivated? Let’s chat. Drop me a comment in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

 

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Four Tips to Help You Squeeze A Little More Sunshine Out of Summer

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Summer is over. Goodbye summer sunshine! No more long, warm days, humid nights, cold drinks, and hours of outdoor fun. Like all good things, summer is always over too soon. The sight of those leaves starting to fall might have you feeling a little regret that you didn’t make the most of this amazing season.

 But at this time of year, it helps to remember one thing: yes, summer is over and winter is coming, but it’s not here yet! Depending on where you live, you may still be enjoying a last few warm days, and daylight hours haven’t been reduced to a few hours yet. It’s not too late to go out and enjoy the last of the sunshine and outdoorsy lifestyle.

 If you’re feeling nostalgic for summer already, these tips will help you squeeze the last bit of enjoyment out of the next few weeks before the cold starts.

 

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Take Every Opportunity to Be Outside

 One of the most rewarding ways to enjoy the dog-days of summer is to make sure you go out into the sun every chance you get. When you’re in the midst of summer, it’s easy to get used to the great weather and stop making the most of it, so when it’s nearly over, it’s really important to grab every bit of sunshine that comes your way. Whether you love heading outside to read a book on your own, or to chilling in the park with your friends, it’s not too late to get a cheap DAB radio on Latest Deals, pack a picnic and spend the whole day out in the sun.

An outdoor patio is ideal—bonus points if you have a hammock—but remember, outdoor time is about more than sunshine. It’s about a summer attitude: give yourself permission to indulge in some hard-core relaxing and enjoy taking time out.

 

Get Your Friends Involved

 When you look back on the summer, one of the characteristics features of the season is often the fact that you spend loads of time with your friends. There’s something about summer that makes groups of friends stick together day and night, almost as if the summer is just one long hang-out session. So it’s always quite sad when summer’s over, as it can sometimes feel as if the time for long, low-pressure hanging out is over. But this needn’t be the case! Of the best ways to make the most of the end of the season is to double down on seeing your friends. Getting your friends involved in things you enjoy as the seasons change is a great way to signal that your ‘all in’ attitude doesn’t have to depend on summer.

 

Make the Most of Your Local Community
 While catching a flight to an exotic island can be fun, save overseas trips for when winter has actually arrived, and you’re stuck inside and craving warmth and summer sunshine. One of the joys of the final days of Summer is the opportunity to make the most of your hometown, especially if there are festivals or markets on the go. Whatever your local community does best—whether it’s fruit and veg markets or outdoor theatre—spend your last warm days supporting the activities and events that it’s easy to take for granted when summer is in full swing.

 A day-trip ambling around your local area and seeing what’s on offer is a great way to appreciate your neighbourhood and support local artists, producers and craftsmen. And if you don’t have a clue what’s going down in your town, check out the website for the local tourism board. You may be intrigued to spot several budget-friendly or free events, which will provide ample entertainment for the final days of the season.

 

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Tick Some DIY Chores off Your List

 If you love decorating your house, chances are you invest quite a lot of energy and time on home improvement projects. While getting your hands dirty with DIY can be rewarding, doing everything on your own steam can be draining and time-consuming. The last few weeks of warm weather is a good opportunity to attempt some of the summer DIY ideas you may have lined up but haven’t got around to because you were too busy lounging by the pool. You still have the benefit of slightly longer days to allow you to work into the evening, and you’re still going to have that extra enjoyment and relaxation which you get from doing physical work when it’s warm.

 Whether you’ve just started to notice the leaves falling, or you’re feeling a little chill in the air, the first signs of the end of summer don’t have to mean that summer is over. These tips will help you squeeze a little extra juice out of the season. 

 

How to Speed up the Wedding Prep Process – Follow These 5 Steps

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Your wedding morning is almost here – it’s the culmination of months of preparation, and you’re nervous about it. You have put together every detail meticulously, and have had a few almost-disasters with family or vendors. But have you thought through the last 24 hours leading up to the ceremony? How do you speed up the wedding prep process?

Many brides neglect to plan for their final day of spinsterhood. As a result, they end up frayed, behind-schedule, and panicky on what should be the best day of their lives.

Don’t be caught playing catchup by setting up a minute-by-minute final preparation schedule. Leave room for unexpected events, so you’ll have time to respond calmly and still get to the ceremony on schedule. Below are some tips to help you speed up the wedding prep process.

 

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1. Don’t Leave for the Morning What Can Be Done In Advance

This is perhaps the most important tip, especially if you have an early wedding. Two days before D-day, you can get a wax job to allow the redness to subside. Then get a spray tan (after the wax!) after your final exfoliation (you should have been following a beauty regimen already).

Gel nails can be done as early as three days prior, so they’re in place for the rehearsal dinner and honeymoon. For regular polish, do it the night before the wedding and make sure to put an extending topcoat to prevent chipping. Apply at-home gloss for extra sheen and have your eyelashes applied if you didn’t have a natural extension treatment.

 

2. Rest and Eat Well

Sleep on your back with your head and chest slightly elevated to keep the drainage flowing. Take a soothing bath with aromatic candles or essential oils, and have an early night. The bath can help you relax from all the excitement and put you in a sleeping frame. The alone-time doesn’t hurt amid all the buzz either.

If you do meditation or yoga, devote a half-hour in the morning to calm yourself before the preparations. Going in calm, rested, and relaxed will help everything to run faster. Have a layered breakfast that’s filling and minimize the drinking, because of pee breaks.

 

3. Plan Your Get-Ready Space

If you can, forego the parent’s home, because the house will be so full you won’t have much room for yourself. Instead, get a bridal suite or several adjoining hotel rooms, where you and your girls will have ample space to prepare. The last thing you want is to be fighting for the only bathroom with fifteen other people. 

Additionally, a hotel allows you to give ample space for the hair and makeup technicians to set up their tools. If you have multiple stylists, this works great. Just be sure to carry all the tools and accessories you need and ensure the hotel knows your schedule beforehand. Alternatively, you and the girls can rush to a salon for your beautification before coming home to get dressed. 

As you choose the space, ensure it has plenty of natural light, so that the getting-ready shots will be stunning. Assign all the maids time slots for hair and makeup the night before. If you have more girls, get more stylists. 

 

4. Lay Out the Clothes and Accessories before Sleeping

 

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You’ll want everyone’s dresses to hang up in an airy place to allow them to breathe, especially the gown. Lay out your shoes, veil, earrings, necklace, bracelet, and underwear, as well as any lotions or oils you’ll apply. When you get up, all you need is to take a shower and start getting ready.  

Laying out is essential, especially if you’re not at home so that you’re sure you have everything you need. Additionally, once the photographer comes, he/she can quickly get through the detail shots and focus on you and your girls. Lay out the place cards, invitations, rings, bouquet along with your other things. Again, find the spots with the most natural light

 

5. Consider Your Timelines

Timelines are especially crucial if you don’t have a wedding planner to ensure everything is running on time.

You can designate someone to help you keep things moving, such as a close friend or relative who’s not in the party. If it’s shopping, you can save time by getting all your the necessary stuff from one place, such as  Azazie.

Typically, hair and makeup will take 30-45 minutes per activity and 60-90 minutes for the bride. A practice run with the stylists can help you figure out how best to use the tie slots. 

The bridesmaids should do much of their hair preps the day before the wedding, leaving only touch-ups for the morning. And don’t forget to plan for the mother of the bride too! 

 

Conclusion

Once you have everything in place, focus on making sure everyone in the party has everything they need. Create a playlist that will clam or relax you or help you have fun with your bridal prep routine. If you start running behind, a wedding coordinator can help you find ways to speed things along. These are the ways to speed up the wedding prep process. 

 

 

 

 

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