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10 Life Hacks to Maximize Your Lunch Break

10 Life Hacks to Maximize Your Lunch BreakBy Sarah Landrum

It’s easy to take lunch breaks for granted. After all, they’re nothing more than an opportunity to curb those midday hunger pangs, right? But, as it turns out, there’s more to lunch breaks than that.

If used right, lunch breaks can boost your productivity, too. It’s not just because they fill your stomach or give you a breather from work. When you take a lunch break, you have the opportunity to do one or more of the following.

1. Rest Your Eyes

You’ve already been staring at your computer for hours. The last thing you want is to stare at it some more and experience computer vision syndrome (CVS). Even if CVS doesn’t damage your eyes, it still causes enough discomfort to get in the way of your work.

So don’t forget to give your eyes some TLC. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Make sure to blink your eyes regularly, so they’ll be moistened and refreshed. This way you can get back to business A.S.A.P., without getting distracted by tired eyes.       (more…)

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Summertime Productivity Hacks for Work at Home Moms

Summertime Productivity Hacks for Work at Home MomsBy Jan Pinnington

A wall calendar, an egg timer, and a handful of water balloons helped this work-at-home mom stay productive during the hazy lazy days of summer.

Months and months of carefully planned schedules, routines, and systematic living abruptly ends, and as exciting as summer break can be for both you and the kids, it’s also a time of year that can wreak havoc if you work from home. Gone are the days of quiet, serene, and reflective “alone time” where you can retreat back home from the carpool line to a full pot of coffee and daily to-do list.

Instead, hello summer! It’s a busy time for entertaining energetic kids, friends, pets, and projects all while managing the chatter, excitement, and constant activity that happens steadily through your slamming front door.

No wonder the summer is the least productive time for women who work from home. Our momma gene kicks into high gear as each of us strains to balance work life with family life. We don’t want to miss a single work related deadline OR magical milestone in the life of our children, and summer break puts extra special challenges in our way.

But working from home can be a blessing in the summertime, especially if you have the tactics to not only survive, but to thrive.  Take it from this work-at-home mom – yes, you can have your watermelon and eat it too. (more…)

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Goal Setting for Work at Home Moms

Goal Setting for Work at Home MomsBy Deb Bixler

Many women who start working from home do so because they have children and plan to supplement the family income without taking time away from the kids. The work at home moms (WAHM) who actually succeed, do so because they have established clear goals for their home-based business.

Work At Home Goal Setting

The key to achieving your work at home goals is simple. It boils down to only one question.

  • What is enough?
  • Are you scheduling enough time to accomplish your goals for your business?
  • Are you giving yourself enough time to manage your business?

It is really not about time management. It is more about commitment management!

Most people completely underestimate the time required for a project or necessary to achieve the desired results from their business. There are all kinds of projects, or activities that we underestimate all the time. (more…)

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How to Make Flexible Hours Work for You

How to Make Flexible Hours Work for YouBy Alessia Troisi

When I left my full-time job to pursue a career in writing, one of the things I was most excited about was working from home. I imagined having enough time to keep our house in perfect shape, finally catching up with the laundry, and keeping on top of all the little errands that I never seemed to be able to manage when I was working from an office. I imagined long weekends, time for exercise, more time to for myself. Needless to say, the first couple of weeks didn’t exactly go according to plan.

During the first week, I obsessed so much over housework that I hardly got any actual work done. During the second week, I worked so hard I sometimes forgot to change out of my pajamas, and during the third week I realized I hadn’t kept on top of any of the errands or the laundry.

It’s not always easy to make flexible hours work for you instead of the other way around. Here are a few tips that can really help get your work-life balance under control.

1. Keep your productive hours sacred.

You only have 24 hours in a day, just like everyone else. For me, it’s the morning. I don’t schedule appointments, meet for coffee or do anything that isn’t work in that time. In the afternoons, I’m more flexible, but I’m still extremely picky when it comes to work time. (more…)

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How to Prioritize … Today, Next Month, and Next Year

How to Prioritize ... Today, Next Month, and Next YearBy Dawn Berryman

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with a to-do list, especially if your business or home office is a one-woman-show. Knowing how to prioritize and when and where to spend your energy can make you your most productive self.

  • So, where do you begin?
  • How do you prioritize today’s seemingly never-ending to-do list?
  • How should you plan for the tasks in the coming months?

Here a few tips on how to prioritize, when you feel like everything is a priority.

Make a list.

Write down anything and everything that you can think of that needs done. Include daily items as well as things that may be far off goals. Write it all down and, then, start dividing it up. I’d recommend three lists. The first would be short-term items that need done within the week. Another should be items that have a little later deadline; say within the month. And, the third should be long-term goals.

Maintain your short-term and long-term goals.

I maintain a short-term and a longer-term list at all times. Each day, I review my short-term list and star the things that are my goal for that particular day. Which things have a strict deadline? (more…)

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