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Easy At Home Exercises You Can Do From Your Home Office

One of the perks of working from home is that you have the option of wearing your comfy workout clothes all day long. But let’s face it: While tending to job demands, miscellaneous deadlines, child care, family responsibilities, household chores, yard work, school projects, pet duties, doctor appointments, phone calls, and a host of other obligations and interruptions, there’s likely precious little time left over to fit in a sweat session.   But with a little creativity, you can take advantage of the few spare minutes you have here and there as you perform your job tasks at home. An added bonus: Squeezing some exercise into your work day can enhance your concentration and ultimately increase your productivity.   Below are some suggestions from Laser Spine Institute on simple ways that you can make the most of the limited time you have to exercise. Just make sure to check with your physician before starting any new exercise program.   Don’t walk – Lunge! Whether you’re going to the fridge for a drink or getting something out of your car, do lunges there and back. With your upper body straight, your shoulders back, and your chin pointing forward, step forward with one leg. Then lower your hips until both of your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. Your front knee should be directly above your ankle and your other knee should not touch the floor. Keep your weight on your heels and push back up to your starting position, and then repeat with the other leg. Proceed, one leg at a time, until you get to your destination.   Balance on one foot – The ability to keep one’s balance becomes more important as we grow older, and one way to practice balancing is by doing things on one foot. For example, you can balance on one foot as...

Beat Work from Home Stress With These 5 Tips

Work of all kinds, even when you have the benefit of working from home, can bring about all kinds of stress and take a toll on both your body and mind. Here, I’ve gathered some handy tips and ideas for hobbies and activities you can add to your day to day life to help you relieve that stress and lead a more relaxed life.   1. Use adult coloring books Coloring, despite what you may have been lead to believe, is not actually an activity just for children. I purchased my own adult coloring book recently and couldn’t believe how fun and therapeutic this practice was. Coloring, when you spend time daily to focus on it, can bring about effects similar to meditation since you have to block out what is around you to focus on this fun art form. Some coloring books I would recommend include any by Johanna Basford (she is very talented) as well as others that are themed after mandalas. Amazon even calls these books “leisure arts – cheaper than therapists” and I certainly agree!   2. Write down your feelings or something completely make believe As a freelance writer, it makes sense that I would love to write. But what you may not know is I love creating poetry in my spare time. Whether your write professionally or not, writing out your feelings by keeping a journal or turning those feelings into poetry or even creating a fiction novel is a great way to blow off steam after a long day.   3. Spend more time with your pets If you are a pet owner, you know the amazing power they have to make you smile no matter what kind of day you’ve had. So, why not spend more time making them feel good? Adding in ten minutes of play time with your pets...

10 Unconventional Work From Home Tips

Hello there remote warriors! Today I’m sharing with you ten unconventional tips to stay on track during your work from home journey. Most of these tips apply to people that already work from home but the first few can also be applied to people trying to get into the career path of a remote worker.   1. Keep a regular list of possible job opportunities Some work from home jobs are temporary, or simply don’t pay as well as you’d like, so keeping a rolling list of places you can send applications is not only helpful for an emergency unemployment situation — it also sends the message to yourself that you are worth more. Never settle for less than you deserve. By subscribing to Home Office Careers, you can get jobs sent to your inbox on the daily and conduct your own job search!   2. Apply, even if you aren’t completely qualified for the job I read an article recently that talked about the differences between male and female applications that said men apply for jobs, even if they are missing some of the qualifications, and are more willing to ask for more than a woman would. That scared me because I’ve done both of those things. I could have 9/10 qualifications and I’ll chicken out and close the application. Whether you are male or female ignore that fear that you aren’t qualified enough for this work from home job, you can learn as you go in most cases as long as you understand the aim of the position and have some of the skills described.   3. Have three (or more) resumes Many remote workers are looking for multiple jobs in different industries, yet still only have one resume. I’m guilty of this. Having multiple resumes to highlight different aspects of your experiences and job aims will...

My Work From Home Diary – A Day In The Life of a Freelancer

Hi there Home Office Career readers! If you’ve been reading the blog regularly this month (I definitely encourage you to) you may recognize me. If not, my name is Rebecca Kelsey Sampson and I’m a freelance writer (mostly). Today I’m going to share with you a little insight into my day to day work life as a freelancer through an hour by hour diary. I thought this would be a fun project to share with you all since everyone tends to have very different work from home experiences. Before we get started, you may want to check out my work from home journey to get a little insight into who I am and how I came to work as a writer.   Hour By Hour Diary – Thursday, September 3, 2015 7 AM: I slept pretty horribly the night before so while I would normally wake up at this time, I instead angrily turned off my alarm and curled back into my crowded bed with my husband, dog, and cat. 8 AM: Okay, I’m up! I got dressed in the outfit I planned out the night before, brushed my teeth, washed my face, and headed downstairs. As I mentioned in my 5 Tips for Stress Relief post, I love starting my day by spending time with nature and writing down what I’m grateful for so I went on a short walk with my dog and then spent some time writing in my journal while eating breakfast. My morning breakfast changes day to day but for today in particular I enjoyed some fruit and iced coffee. I’m definitely getting too into coffee lately. Since I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today, I also ignored my dishes. On days that I do get up at 7 I’ll usually do housework before I get ready for the day....

Your Work From Home Lifestyle May Not Be What You Originally Thought

In one of my previous blog posts on Home Office Careers, I talked about 5 Things You Should Never Do When Working Remotely. I definitely made many productivity busting mistakes when I first started working from home. But one “mistake” I often revisit is the idea of working from home in my pajamas and/or from bed. I am still a firm believer that doing your remote work while laying on your bed with a laptop is a really bad idea as it can create an environment of stress where you should in fact feel the most rested. Wearing pajamas and loungewear clothing during work hours, on the other hand, is a rule I’ve been breaking lately so I thought I’d discuss why. My clothing for the day really depends on my mood and what I need to accomplish. Do I really need to rock my to-do list today? Am I behind in my work load? It’s a day to wear jeans and a blouse because the more put together I look, the more likely I am to get my work done. Am I having a really busy night with family or friends after work? In that case I stick with thick leggings and big shirt and then change into nicer clothes for my night out. So this is just a little amendment to my statement that you should never wear pajamas while you work at home. If it’s just one of those days and staying in your cat patterned linen pajama pants makes you feel good, give your body and mind what it needs. Working at home gives you the freedom of choice; we can certainly embrace it whenever we need too. I never thought I’d end up being the person that would work in my pajamas every now and then but you know what, my journey has brought...

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