7 Ways to Stay on Track When Working From Home
Being an entrepreneur sounds so glamorous. There is so much freedom that comes with running the show; your show! There is freedom of time, travel, planning your days as you wish and of course your workouts.
One of the best parts of being self employed? Midday workouts! Staying on top of your goals and picking what your priorities are is your luxury. The reality? Not everyone’s priority is hitting the gym and staying active in their work day. When you start to get into a pattern that reflects putting work first and perhaps health and fitness second, it can quickly become a slippery slope.
Staying home all day can also lead to a bit too much freedom… like working in your PJ’s all day, remaining relatively stationary, skipping the gym (because let’s be real - why leave the house if you didn’t have to go out in the first place) and of course snacking….Every hour on the hour. Because staying home means freedom to the kitchen as well.
To keep you on track with your fitness and health goals - even when you’re self employed - here are 7 easy tips to keep your health a priority when your work schedule seems to be taking the lead.
1. Find an at home work out that fits with you
Try the Sweat App! The app features amazing at home workouts from yoga to circuit training, I find a great option to raise your heart rate is the BBG program by Kayla Itsines. It is a 28 minute body blast circuit that targets all areas of your body and your heart. Your mid day workout will keep your middle happy! I’m currently working my way through the Sweat 12 Week Challenge and found this has been a great motivator and helped me to get my workouts done whilst working from home.
2. Get up and move
The first thing to do in the morning is move. If you wake up and your kitchen is all of 20 feet from your bedroom chances are you don’t need to do much of that. You may even be someone who just reaches for their laptop and hits their emails right away. Try getting up and doing something first thing in the morning. Maybe your routine is playing with your dog as you make your morning coffee, or doing your laundry first thing. Either way it will wake you up and instantly put you in the mindset of moving and doing.
3. Change out of your PJ’s
This can be a tough one but it's necessary. Fine, keep them on for breakfast but make sure you do the switch early in the morning before it’s too late. You don’t want to spend your entire day in your PJ’s. Not only will it slow you down productivity wise, you will also feel mentally like you are not accomplishing and taking on your dreams.
4. Prepare your snacks ahead of time
When you’re home all day it’s easy to end up snacking all day too. To avoid this detrimental behaviour, pre-prepare your snacks. It will keep you on track and conscious of what and when you’re reaching for some fuel or maybe just a little crunch to keep you going. A trick? Lay them out pre-measured (like your almonds) or prepare the amount of Keurig cups you plan to consume that day.
5. Do your hair after your workout or first thing in the morning
After doing your morning movement and your Sweat BBG circuit make sure you don’t leave yourself sweaty, your hair in a messy bun and a level of embarrassment you don’t even want the mail man to see. It will keep you feeling organized in all areas to have your hair done and washed after your workout.
6. Wash up and apply a beauty routine
That routine may not involve makeup but leaves you fresh, cleaned up and prepared for the day. This is key in your daily work-from-home routine; don’t forget your beauty habits because no one will be seeing them. Get washed up and pampered the same way you would if you were heading out to the office. You don’t need to apply makeup (because let’s be real - you have the luxury of letting your skin breathe so you totally should) but you can sort through your oils, apply your eye creams and really make sure your fresh face goes a long way. By the weekend everyone will be jealous of your fresh faced glow.
7. Put on something tighter than sweats and looser than dress pants
Friends often say to me - why are you wearing that if you’re home alone working? Well, because I know I won’t end up in a slump of “working from home” behaviours as listed above. It goes beyond changing out of PJ’s but into something that gives confidence. It can be leggings and a knit top, or a comfortable loose dress in the summer, changing into something that you’d feel okay being seen in should you have to leave the house is key. Because I know I have my BBG circuit coming shortly in the day, I always change into my work out apparel, leggings and a sports bra, toss on a sweater until it's time to sweat (post coffee) and then change into jeans and a T-shirt for the afternoon. It will also help you be consciously aware of how tight those jeans may be getting, just to keep track.
No matter what your routine is, if you work from home especially on your own company, project or brand, you are living the dream. So many people dream of having the luxury to do that and it's a great feeling to feel like you have control over your own life. With that in mind, take that control seriously and don’t let other areas of your life deter from your goals. The way you see yourself in business and relationships is how you should act on a day-to-day. Do you picture that CEO at home in her PJ’s not having been active in a month or do you see her working from her neatly organized home office, completed her morning yoga and onto her emails, coffee in hand? Remember, your life, your choices.
Who else is working through the final weeks of the Sweat 12-Week Challenge? Let me know how you’re going so we can celebrate the finish together!
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.