Are you an entrepreneur who works from home or are you thinking about running a business from home?
It’s important to realize that you’ll be living a completely different lifestyle from many people in your circle of family and friends.
Being able to create and set up your own work from home business can be exciting, and is the starting point to overall great health.
How to Support Health and Productivity in a Work from Home Business
Before you start a work at home business, the first thing to consider is where you will actually be working in your home.
The physical place and layout is important. Many home business entrepreneurs will most likely set-up an office in their home, not outside of the home.
Let’s take a look at the ways we can support our health and productivity when working from home.
First, you’ll need to be strict about where you’re working to ensure that you maintain a separation between your home life and your work life.
So where is the ideal place to set -up a home office?
It all depends on the amount of space that you have in your home.
You want to really give the space you choose a professional feel to it, so you don’t want your office to contain just a table and chair in your living room.
However, if you live in an urban environment, you will more than likely live and operate out of an apartment which may not allow the ideal space to set up an office in.
You might have to set up in the bedroom, living room, or even in a closet :(.
You’d just need to get creative and make your office space a place where you can focus and not thinking about food or sleep.
If you have spent most of your day working in the bedroom, you might find it difficult to switch from working to preparing for a good nights rest.
This can easily be done by following a schedule that will include all activities that are needed within the entire day.
Sticking to a schedule will be instrumental in you accomplishing your daily or weekly goals.
I can remember there where many times when I would attempt to cook and work at the same time, only to forget about the pot of food cooking on the stove. 🙁
My advice is don’t try it! Multitasking is a big distraction and will only slow you down from completing the tasks on your “to-do-list”.
Tips to Shut Down from Work to Sleep
Let’s pretend that your home office is in the bedroom, you’ve worked at home for several hours after your day job, and now it’s time to go to sleep.
Sometimes switching from work to sleep is difficult to do, due to the the “stresses” or problems we have experienced during the day.
We will need to learn how to let go, clear our minds of the incessant chatter and worries, and not carry them to bed with us. Here are a few tips that can help:
- Stop all work activity two hours before scheduled bedtime.
- Cut off all electrical gadgets (computer, laptop, cell phone, television etc.)
- Do a meditation for relaxation (guided meditation or calming music).
- Take a bath using aromatic bath salts or oils to relax the muscles.
- Spray bed sheets with lavender mist or use aromatherapy pillows.
- Purchase a mattress or pillow that properly supports the body.
- Make sure the room is totally dark.
- Pray or say affirmations.
When experiencing a deep rested sleep, you’ll find that you have clarity of mind, feel alert and energetic, and be more productive the next day.
The quality of lighting in your workspace can help increase productivity.
Poor lighting will effect your energy, create eye strain and produce headaches.
As a home based business owner, you will more likely spend the majority of work time behind a computer.
If you’re going to work late into the night, you can use software to redden the screen, or wear blue blocking glasses.
The wavelength of light produced by most computer monitors is such that the brain mistakes it for sunlight and reacts by producing more cortisol and less melatonin.
This will make it much harder for you to fall asleep and leaves you restless throughout the night; these are two solutions to that problem.
For better eye health, choose a good light source that will adjust to light or put light where needed to support a variety of tasks.
Task lights that clamp onto a desk with a balance of ambient soft light will make your home office comfortable.
Consider the location of your windows. Natural sunlight can create warm lighting in your work environment.
If the desk is not near the window, and you work from home during the day, it is best to take breaks out of the home to get direct sunlight as often as possible.
This will optimize your body’s production of vitamin D, boost your mood, dispel fatigue or depression, and will balance your sleep/wake cycle.
You can also decorate the room with a few house plants to create a natural view.
How to Sit to Improve Productivity
We all spend too much time sitting.
We sit in ours cars.
If you use public transportation, you’ll probably choose to grab an available seat and sit some more.
We sit at our jobs, then come home to do more work while sitting in front of a computer.
If you want to maintain your health, you need to pay attention to the way you are sitting.
Are you sitting upright with the small of your back well supported by a chair?
You should position your monitor so that it is about the same height as your eyes with your chin parallel to the floor.
If you are looking down all day, you’ll develop rounded shoulders and kyphosis.
Your hands should be above your keyboard, (don’t let your wrist rest on the table).
Try sitting in a chair high enough so that your elbows are comfortably at a right angle as you type.
You might also want to consider purchasing a standing desk.
The best standing desk designs use a collapsing frame that allows you to work either sitting down or standing up.
How to Decorate a Home Office
The best part of creating your home office design is that you’ll be able to decorate it any way that you like.
The sky is the limit!
Just add things that are important to you and will make you feel comfortable.
You want to be able to be relaxed, concentrate and be productive when working from home.
The more comfortable your work environment is, the happier and more focused you’ll be.A little creativity brings a feeling of happiness, will lower your heart rate and fight off depression and stress. Click To Tweet
So these are the tips on how to create a healthy work from home business.
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