3 E’s – When Working From Home

 

Okay, so it has officially been 1 week since I started working from home as the owner of ABlake Enterprises, Social Media Management and Consulting.  

Needless to say, there have been several lessons that I’ve learned in such a short period of time and today I am going to start with the 3 E’s – When Working From Home or in other words “Working From Home Tips from Toni, owner of ABlake Enterprises”.

 

 

Eat

Exit

Entertain

 

However, before I get started, let me tell you that this is not the first time that I actually worked from home. Back in 2004, when I was a Procurement Specialist for IBM I worked from home for about a year, and trust me, after that year ended I realized just how hard I had worked.  

 

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Successfully starting your own business entails hard work and long hours which I am willing to do because it’s a direct reward to me and my family and not for someone else, however, I will not make the same mistakes twice.

 

3 E’s – When Working From Home

Eat

Rising at 6:30 am was something that I never did when I worked outside the home so this means that I have also changed my morning routine. After dressing and putting on makeup, yes, no bare face for me, at least not yet, instead of grabbing a mug of coffee and a breakfast bar running to the car for a 50-mile commute, I can now enjoy a sit-down meal. 

 

After dressing, reading scriptures and praying, I jump start my digestive system with a small glass of lemon water, take my vitamins and then brew a cup of coffee.

 

A few hours later, hubby and I prepare and enjoy a meal together, he has been retired for a few years so he rises when he wants, none of that waking up at 6:30 jazz, especially after getting up every morning at 5:00 am to pray.

 

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I do have to remind myself to stop mid day for a snack or shake and then shut down at 5:00 p.m. and “leave the office” before dinner, which is now eaten before 8:00 PM!

 

Exit

Unlike being in an office where you can stop at someone’s cubicle to chat, working alone in a home office can be very isolating so it’s important to get up and walk away.  If you remember my Podcast with Dr. Dave, then you know that sitting can be the new smoking and the last thing I need is a bigger blogger’s butt!

 

I try to get up and walk outside or around the house a few times during the day, stopping sometimes to watch an episode of a “judge show” which I found to be one of hubby’s guilty pleasures.

 

 

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Entertain

 

No, I am not talking about taking in a mid-day movie or sitting on the sofa all afternoon watching television. I have found listening to smooth jazz helps me to concentrate as I work on client’s content and Alexa has my playlist down pat.  

 

I also take time to listen to informative Podcasts and videos, however, I never start my day without first listening to Les Brown or Tony Robbins on YouTube which is something that I did during my morning commute before I started working from home.

 

There are many other perks for working from home and I will continue to blog about them as time goes on, however, if you want to read more about how other entrepreneurs have started a successful business, check out Krystal Perkins as she has assisted many with successfully starting a business.

 

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Krystal Perkins is a marketing and Information Technology professional who is based in Sydney, Australia. She has over 15 years experience in digital marketing, strategic marketing, digital inclusion, technology, telecommunications, and IT and related services.    Krystal mentors and coaches local marketing teams to grow their brand and deliver strategic B2B Marketing.

With the assistance of Krystal, numerous entrepreneurs have started a successful business in Australia. She advises most of these business owners that they do not require a lot of capital, however, proper insurance is required, and small marketing purchases including a website, business cards and a design for a logo are necessary.   

To learn more about Krystal Perkins, please head over to her website.

Let’s Chat > Do you have any tips as I continue my journey and work from home?

14 Replies to “3 E’s – When Working From Home”

  1. Good morning dear Del and congrats on your new set-up at home. I know you’re a very disciplined and enthusiastic professional, which will prevent you from running astray to the side of the road so many others did. For the past few months I have been enjoying the privilege of working half the time in my apartment in the morning (when I study, read and write) and the other half in a medical clinic as a consultant in the afternoon. I also start my days with my prayers and a strong herbal infusion (in my case it’s “mate amargo”) I also do my share of eating but i am on a diet now. Un baccione. Arrivederci!

    1. Thank you for sharing your daily routine as well. I thought it would be more difficult to change after doing the same thing for many years, but when you have turned your passion into your profession it’s not as hard. I am glad that you too begin your day with prayers as it really does make a difference.

      Enjoy the day my friend.

    1. Oh yes Thomas, that was my problem back in 2005, I found myself working much to hard and way too long and I am not going to make the same mistake twice. Thank you for reminding me and I am wishing you a great day …. *walking away now*

  2. I loved your three “E”s Antoinette – they were much more practical than a lot of other tips people share. It’s about investing a little time in yourself and making sure your day is balanced isn’t it?

    1. Thank you Leanne, I appreciate your comment and I hope to stay on target with the exercise, because the last thing I need is to become unhealthy while working towards my goal.

      Enjoy the rest of the week.

  3. I have always had a home office, even when I worked for Fortune 100 companies. It is isolating but also my caution when word gets out that you are working from home, friends and family will call for a chat during business hours or ask more from you “since you are Home”. Accept the UPS or USPS packages and reschedule phone calls when you need a break.

    1. Yes, I remember those days, however, fortunately or unfortunately, the only family I have left are living here, hubby and sons, so I won’t have to worry about relatives asking for favors. I am truly trying to discipline myself and think I did a great job last week – now just have to keep it up! Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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