Mindset is always important to anything in your life, from
how you see things when you wake up, for example it’s
‘going to be a great day'(!) or ‘just another day’, (ho
hum). Obviously it is much easier to go through life having
a positive attitude and always expecting the best from
others as well as from your own efforts.
However it seems we need a little extra help staying
positive and realizing we are still part of the big picture
when we work at home alone. Sometimes it does not come at
all natural for people to be alone most of the time and it
can get depressing if we let it. As well there may
eventually manifest the smothering feeling of ‘cabin
fever’ from staying home.
The extra help we may need could be anything as simple as
setting a time each day to leave the house to go outside for
fresh air and exercise – even just an hour will do wonders;
Or it can involve maybe signing up at the local community
college to take a course either for business or just for
fun, if you really need to be around some people and get a
change of atmosphere a few times a week.
Something we do need to realize and that is that rest and
relaxation is not slacking. It is part of life and we will
be much happier, healthier and more productive if we factor
time in that is apart from our work. It used to be more
simple when we had hours where we went to work and then we
came home or went somewhere after work to relax and enjoy.
So like with many things you need to consider when starting
a business working at home, we must replace some elements
that we may have taken for granted all the years we worked
at a job. An example of this would be self-discipline which
would be like having regular hours that we know are time
that we work.
While we are free to work whatever hours any time we want
to, the fact remains we need to put in those hours as a
matter of routine. It’s not optional if we actually want
to make money from our business. So we can work a few hours
in the morning and then take some time off to run errands or
get some exercise or clean the house, or whatever we need to
do; and then come back refreshed and ready to put in a few
more hours to complete our work day.
Having just this much structure is important to keep on
track and to help you to ‘keep your chin up’; especially
when starting a new business, there will be a curve where
you may not be seeing results quite yet and it is very
necessary that you are able to stay motivated during these
periods. Even a not-so-new business has times when sales are
slow and we should use that time for something positive –
learning more about your industry, acquiring new skills,
taking a self-improvement course of some kind to improve
your mindset, or just getting some rest and relaxation.