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Working from Home

Working from home requires a new way of working. It is not as straight forward as some people may think. It comes with it’s own challenges.

There are many aspects to consider when working from home. Some of these are:

  • Setting Boundaries
  • Setting up a workspace
  • Communication with clients/staff/managers
  • Making the best use of technology
  • Ensuring data security is adequate
  • Planning your time
  • Overcoming feelings of isolation

Setting Boundaries

Setting boundaries around “I’m at work” is important so there is a distinction between “work” and “leisure” time. Set the expectations for yourself and others in the household. Set times when you are not to be disturbed. There is a risk that family members think that because you are at home, you are available. Some are finding their work/home life boundaries are getting blurred. Difficulties have also risen around the distractions of having children at home during this period of isolation, so consider how you can manage your time and space to meet everyone’s needs.

Setting up a workspace

Setting up your workspace helps to anchor “I’m at work” into your unconscious mind. A local business owner I know has even painted the room at home in his office colours to create the same atmosphere he has at work. Brilliant idea! Discuss your requirements with the household, and reach an amicable outcome. A space where you can close the door works well. One tip is to watch your posture. Perhaps use a standing desk, and switch between seated and standing work.

Planning your time

Working from home will be much more effective when you plan your time. Dedicate time for all your activities, and perhaps set your working hours each day. This can be as flexible as you need, to work in with both your business and home life. One example is to start early in the morning, have a break during the day and continue in the afternoon. Also consider when your clients need you to be available.

Making the best use of technology

There is a lot of technology available today that can assist you with working from home. Video conferencing has come a long way, and platforms such as Zoom, MS Teams, and Skype, have been busy helping people transition to remote working. Although many small business owners have quickly upskilled with technology, some clients aren’t coping so well. Consider how you can assist them by making it as easy as possible for them to connect with you. Also check your bandwidth to ensure it is high enough for video conferencing, and uploading and downloading large files.

Video Meetings with Clients

Be aware that clients may have been using Zoom or other video conferencing platforms for social catch ups in the past, so they may not perceive the difference between a social connection and a business meeting. Consider how you can remind your clients that everyone’s time is important. Some clients may keep casual timing for video meetings, so once again, it is important to make it clear that this is a work meeting, and times need to be respected. Once again, set boundaries and expectations, and consider rescheduling a meeting if the other party is late.

Ensuring data security is adequate

With an increase in online activity, security risks have also increased. Check your settings for video conferencing, and make use of passwords and waiting rooms. It is not a good look to have someone pop up in the middle of one of your meetings. Ensure you also have adequate backups of all your data, and check your backups are actually working. Too many have found out the hard way that their backups had stopped backing up.

Overcoming feelings of isolation – Self Care

Even the most seasoned remote workers can occasionally feel as if the walls are closing in on them, and working from home can feel this way especially when you’re first starting out. Some home workers miss the face to face time they used to have with clients. Savvy remote workers build a support structure inside and outside of work. One suggestion is to organise virtual coffee catchups. It’s also helpful to stay connected to the physical world outside of work. Join an online book club, or a games night at your local pub or library. It is important that every hour or so, you get up and move/stretch. There are apps available to remind you when it's time for a break.

The Future

Remote work provides an unparalleled opportunity to build a bespoke life, but it does come with challenges. Set yourself up for success by creating a reasonable schedule, establish boundaries with your loved ones, setup a dedicated workspace, schedule your time, use the technology available, communicate, and build a support structure. You may soon find that you can’t imagine working any other way. No matter what happens, it seems that after we ‘return to normal’, working online will remain part of the work/life mix.

If you would like to learn more about working from home, register for my free 1 hour online workshop.

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How does stress impact you, and how can you manage it?

Stress can have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing. Are you feeling overwhelmed, worrying about the future, and not being effective in what you are doing? Read on.

Stress is defined as any environmental conditions that require behavioural adjustment. Stress is inevitable, and a normal part of life.

A little stress is good for you, it helps performance. Once stress increases to a level, fatigue sets in, then exhaustion, Illness and breakdown. Too little stress and you get bored.

Stress provides feedback. Stress is a physical expression of our “Fight or Flight” survival mechanism. A perceived threat will trigger a stress response in our body, which prepares us to confront or flee a potential danger. This helps for immediate danger, but unfortunately the stress response is also triggered by tense situations where physical action is not an option.

In today’s fast paced life, we are continually receiving signals that trigger our stress response.

Potential stress triggers include relationship breakdowns, financial problems, health concerns, caring for a newborn baby, traumatic events.

The stress response triggers changes in your body:

  • Blood sugar levels rise
  • Additional red blood cells are released to carry extra oxygen
  • Peripheral blood vessels constrict
  • Heart rate increases
  • Blood pressure rises
  • Digestion slows down and stops

Stress causes chemical changes in the body that can have negative effects on both mental and physical health if the stress response continues. Chronis stress occurs when the stress response keeps the body on alert continuously.

Stress can be reduced by a number of methods. If possible.

  • You can eliminate the trigger.
  • Exercise helps, including yoga, tai chi, qi gong, walking, running, and swimming.
  • Getting professional support such as your GP, a counsellor, or therapist.
  • Elicit the Relaxation Response can reverse the Stress Response. The Relaxation Response can be elicited through meditation.

If you would like to learn how to reduce and manage stress, join my meditation group, or come along to one of my workshops.

www.meditationgroup.net.au/programs/

​Press Pause on the World

When was the last time you took time out for yourself to push pause on the world and learn how to integrate self-care practices into your daily routine?

I am offering a 4 hour introduction to Stress Reduction and Mindful Meditation on Saturday 20 July 2019 at 9:30 in our rooms in Gosford

No robes, or religious affiliation. We sit on chairs (unless you prefer to bring a cushion or meditation stool).

The morning will include some discussion on how to reduce stress, learning some tools to take away, and some short guided meditations.

Coming from the corporate world, and commuting to Sydney for 20 years, I understand the rush of work/business life, and how it can be difficult to press pause.

To book, click on Press Pause on the World

Are You Relaxed?

Are you aware how tense you are?

Where in your body are you holding your tension?
What does it feel like?
A quick technique to release tension and relax.
  1. Anywhere, anytime, ask yourself “Am I relaxed?"
  2. If not, notice how you are sitting and breathing.
  3. Adjust your position to relive tension.
  4. Consciously let go on the outbreath, 5-10 times.
  5. Resume what you were doing.
Ignoring tension can lead to problems such as upset stomach, not sleeping well, irritable, not enjoying life and ordinary tasks seem all too much.
The more you recognise tension, the more you relax.
Meditation can be a great way for initiating the Relaxation Response.

Check out my meditation courses.

Why You Need a Coach

When and why would you need a coach?

If one or more of these points apply to you, then it’s time to stop and think about how you can overcome your hurdles, and consider getting a coach to help you do it.

  • Are you overwhelmed or taking on too much…can’t say no?
  • Are you approaching or experiencing burnout?
  • Do you feel stuck or dissatisfied with your life?
  • Are there challenges in your life you are struggling to overcome?
  • Do you have limiting beliefs and thought patterns that hold you back from living your life fully?
  • Are issues from the past preventing you from living in the here and now?
  • Do you suffer from depression or anxiety?
  • Are you having conflict or difficulties in your relationship or in your family?
  • Are you feeling stuck or unmotivated?
  • Have you experienced grief and loss?
  • Are you struggling with something you can’t talk to anyone about?
  • Are you experiencing health problems from addiction, compulsive behaviour, phobias, eating disorders or illness?
  • Do you need support in facing change or life transitions?
  • Are you looking for a career makeover or acceleration?

There certainly are numerous benefits to getting a coach, such as:

  • You don’t know what you don’t know. When we are pursuing a goal that we’ve never achieved before, how will you know if you’re going about the right way or even the most efficient way? A good Coach is able to guide you through your knowledge deficits.
  • Seeing your issue or goal from another’s perspective. If we’ve got a problem or haven’t achieved a specific goal or task, it’s because we’re looking at it from just one vantage point. A Coach is like a spider; they have more than one set of eyes and can usually see where you cannot.
  • No-one likes to push their own barrow. Statistically, 92 percent of people will not achieve their goals. In fact, they won’t even take the first step, let alone go the distance. A Coach will hold you accountable for your goals and task you. They’ll make sure that you do what must be done.
  • We’re blind to the cause of our problems. If you knew the cause of your problems or issues, chances are you would no longer have them. A Coach, particularly an NLP trained Coach, can actually dig deep enough to find the very cause of your stumbling blocks and remove them. Try doing that on your own.

So how can a coach help you?

  • Offering ongoing support in a caring non-judgmental environment.
  • Providing a safe space where you will be understood and listened to. Not judged.
  • Working with you in a creative and intuitive way towards positive change.
  • Providing strategies and assist you in creating more balance in your life.
  • Building awareness of where trauma and pain are held in the body.
  • Working experientially with polarities and stuck points.
  • Building connection and balance between your mind and sensory awareness.
  • Offering a holistic and spiritual approach to assisting you on your life journey.

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Located in Gosford
on the Central Coast

Ph: 02 4324 5109
Mob: 0439 900 866
Fax: 02 4324 5119

8/16-18 Hills Street Gosford NSW 2250

Plenty of off-street parking in our carpark
across the road at 11 Hills Street.

Located in Gosford
on the Central Coast

Ph: 02 4324 5109
Mob: 0439 900 866
Fax: 02 4324 5119

8/16-18 Hills Street Gosford NSW 2250

Plenty of off-street parking in our carpark
across the road at 11 Hills Street.

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