Schedule Exercise Into Your Working Day

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One benefit of working at home is that you may be able to more easily get regular exercise, at home or at the gym. Of course, like all tasks, you will need to schedule exercise into your diary, otherwise you will put it off. But there are a number of good reasons for you to take advantage of more flexibility with your day that you have, so make sure that you do schedule regular exercise into your day or week.

Exercise has health benefits, whether you work at home or not. Improving your strength, endurance and flexibility will help you avoid injuries, aches and pains that affect you throughout your day and reduce your productivity in work. An exercise program can help you burn calories, enhance fitness and reduce your vulnerability to the effects of illnesses. As a small business owner, you cannot afford really to be ill often – if you are not working, who is keeping an eye on the business?

Regular exercise doesn’t have to take place at a gym though. Of course it would be lovely to pop down the gym to use the latest machines, followed by a relaxing sauna. But it’s not always necessary. Incorporating an at-home exercise program into your busy schedule can help you save time getting prepared to go somewhere, and doing small sets of exercises can reinvigorate you when you start to tire or get bored with your work. Taking 5-10 minutes to perform a set of stretches, toe touches, and other exercises can get oxygenated blood flowing again. You give up a few minutes of time, but will be much more productive when you start working again.

A regular exercise program does not have to be complex or an expensive activity to be effective. Walking, jogging, and lifting light weights (even a tin of baked beans in each hand), can have a lasting impact.

One thing to take note though. If you are just starting an exercise program, you should get a check-up by your doctor first, especially if it has been some time since you last exercised regularly. Their advice can help you choose the right exercises for you, and ensure that you don’t put your body under any stress that it is not ready for.

So whilst you are a busy work at home business owner, there is no excuse not to schedule exercise into your daily or weekly routine. No more excuses!

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Chunking – Break Projects Into Manageable Tasks

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We all have lots of tasks to complete, even more so if we are running our own business. But of course, not all tasks are created equal. Some projects are very difficult to work on and take a lot of time, while other tasks are so much easier to tackle.

Many people put off the bigger tasks and avoid doing them until the last minute. This is never a good attitude to take – it will sit in your mind, taunting you. It is much easier to do a hard, difficult task first, breaking it down into small manageable parts by adopting chunking, especially when working from home. Continue reading

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Glass Work Desks Under £100

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If you are working at home, then you won’t really want to keep replacing any furniture that you require. Whilst you can get away with less than you need if you were working in an office block, there are certain things that you definitely require, and most definitely a desk that you can do all your important work at.

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How to Deal With a Lack of Respect When You Work from Home

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How do you deal with a lack of respect from others when you work from home?

If you own a home business, you know how it goes… Someone you’ve just met asks you, “What do you do for a living?” You answer, “I run my own business from home”. The look on their face often says what they won’t say out loud: “In other words, you’re unemployed”. They simply cannot believe that you can really make a living working from your computer at home.

How do you deal with a lack of respect? Here are seven tips.

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Childcare Solutions For Work At Home Parents

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As a working parent, balancing the needs of your children and your employer can at some times be difficult. But when you work at home, you need to remember that you are earning money, and that it may be necessary to consider some form of childcare solution.

Just because you don’t go into an office everyday doesn’t mean that your time isn’t valuable or that your life has automatically gotten a lot easier. When you accept a work at home position, you are trading the office for a workspace that is more comfortable, but there is still work that needs to be done. If you have children, childcare issues are well, still an issue. Here are some solutions to help with the transition. Continue reading

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