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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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How to add Wow to your business without packing up and moving

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Having your clients visit your office is a great way to connect with them and make a lasting impression. Your client’s first impression of your office can make or break your future working relationship with them, therefore it’s important to impress.

You’ve worked hard to gain your clients, so it’s essential that you deliver on their expectations and more in order to keep them. When it comes to impressing your clients, however, there’s no need to up and move office. Here are some ways you can add the wow factor to your business.

 

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Always have a clean and tidy office

It might go without saying but maintaining a clean and tidy office space is an obvious way to impress office visitors. A dirty or unhygienic office could make clients disappear, as well as give your business a bad rep. So, it’s important to keep your office clean at all times, including desktops, bathrooms and kitchen areas.

However, a tidy office goes beyond cleaning. Is the paint of the walls chipped? Are tatty, outdated magazines left around your lobby? The visual aspects of your office are just as important to creating a welcoming and impressive environment, therefore, you should keep on top of your office’s appearance and make sure it looks fresh.

 

Make the visit personalised

When it comes to your clients, you want to make them feel valued. If you have an appointment arranged with a client, adding personal touches can go a long way. For example,thebalancesmb.comrecommends displaying a lobby board that welcomes your visitor the moment they arrive.

Employees should also be aware of visitors coming into the office and give a warm welcome to guests. You want to communicate to your client that they are valued within your business, so it’s important to be consistent.

 

Offer self-serve refreshments          

Another way to impress clients is by offering them high quality refreshments and snacks. Invest in a coffee machine and water cooler that your visitors can use and serve themselves whilst they wait. Have fresh fruit or healthy snacks on display for clients too.

For any existing clients, you can use your past experiences to personalise their experience further and provide them with refreshments you know they like, such as a green tea. This observation shows clients you care about them and provides an added touch to their experience.

 

Recognise the importance of a receptionist

First impressions are important when it comes to winning business. A receptionist plays an important role in how your organisation is perceived by visitors and are often a first point of contact.

However, as a smaller business, you might not have a receptionist in place. In fact, you might not even have a “professional” office. There’s no need to fear though, as having a Virtual Office in London allows your business to simply book an office or meeting room without having to rent physical space. This is a great way to wow clients and give a good impression of your business, all the while being cost-effective.

 

How to protect your money as a high earner

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Financial security is what almost everyone strives towards.

For high earners it is of particular importance — to try to protect the money they are earning — as there is more to keep safe.

But, how exactly can we achieve this?

 

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If you want to make the most of your assets, take a look at three of our top tips:

 

  1. Careful budgeting

Some high earners feel that they don’t need to budget. Frugality, after all, has long been associated with people earning a low income.

However, budgeting can benefit everyone — however much they earn. Monitor your money, and you’ll be less likely to face unexpected shortfalls in the future.

By creating a weekly or monthly cash flow on a simple spreadsheet, you can plan your outgoings and lifestyle in advance. Better still, carry your cash flow with you as an uploaded document on your phone or tablet, and you can look at it whenever you feel the urge to overspend.

You don’t just stand to protect your assets; you could become more confident in financial handling, too.

 

  1. Contingency funds

Budgeting isn’t just useful — it’s essential. If you put aside a certain amount of money each month, you can be prepared for any financial situation, including emergencies and changes of circumstance.

Though nobody wants to face a costly surprise, they can occur at any time. Building a contingency fund means you will be able to deal with it much better.

It could be particularly helpful if you need to take unpaid leave from work, for example. That way, you won’t have to worry about covering bills and maintaining your usual lifestyle during that period.

Equally, a fund may come in handy if you ever face redundancy. You’ll then have enough money to tide you over while you secure new employment.

Prepare well, and you can always remain financially secure.

 

  1. Pension plan

You’ll no doubt know the value that a pension plan can offer. As a high earner, you will have garnered a state pension through national insurance contributions as well as building a private or corporate pension along the way, too.

At state pension age (currently 65), Brits have the opportunity to either claim or defer their acquired sum. A deferred pension, for example, increases by a small amount, once its owner has retired. A private pension can be drawn earlier – usually around the age of 55.

Although you may be a long way of retirement age now, it’s useful to plan ahead and decide on the best option for you long-term. You can then start to save effectively. You could always consult a financial adviser to work out the best route for your retirement.

You work hard for your income, so it’s only right that you want to protect it. Follow the right steps, and you can secure your finances, both now and for the future.

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