When you’re an avid sports lover, it can be easy to get distracted with all things related to sports. However, when you’ve decided to work from home, you have to keep your distractions to a minimum if you’d like to remain employed. In order to develop a sense of self-mastery and work/life balance, consider the following five keys.
Time is one of your greatest assets. If you use it wisely, you’ll be able to achieve balance on a new level. The key is to stick to a schedule that works for you and your family. If you have young children, your schedule is going to look different from someone who has no children. When you love sports, you might be tempted to spend all of your work time catching up on stats and more. Resist that temptation. Instead, recognize the power of delayed gratification. When you hold off on checking those sports stats, you’ll be able to enjoy them even more when it’s time for a break.
If you and your spouse work from home together, it’s a great idea to place your laptops right next to each other. You can keep each other on track. If you know that you’ll be tempted to check your social media accounts, put your phone in another room. If you know that you’re tempted to check the sports updates, put a block on those websites during your work hours.
Breaks are necessary. They actually help you remain more focused, intentional and aware of your time. Whether you take a five-minute break after an hour of work or a ten-minute break after two hours of work, take time to stretch, take a walk or make yourself a cup of coffee in between work sessions.
Consider the things you love the most. Whether you love to spend time watching your favourite sports, watching old replays of different games or great sports documentaries, reward yourself as time goes on. The greater the reward, the more likely you’ll focus on the task at hand. Keep a visual reminder of the reward near your desk. Every time you’re tempted to slack off, you can look at the reminder to help you get back on track.
If you don’t have a vision, it’s hard to move forward with anything. Therefore, it’s best to create a vision, and break it down into goals. If you see yourself retiring early so that you can travel and watch different sports teams when they’re live in action, set financial goals to help you retire early. Break the larger goal down into smaller steps that you tackle each day.
As you work toward developing a strong sense of self-mastery in your journey of working from home, don’t be too hard on yourself. Sure, there will be days when it’s tough to remain completely productive. Learn from those days to see what worked and what didn’t. Use those clues as ways to provide new safeguards in your schedule. As you remain consistent in your effort to grow and improve, you’ll be able to cultivate the perfect work/life balance from home.