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8 Things I Learned About Myself Working From Home

I’ve waxed lyrical elsewhere on The Balance Hub about how much I love working from home.

As a family man with two young children I feel I am getting the best of all worlds with this lifestyle. I earn a good living working online and I am able to spend quality time with my family.

I really couldn’t ask for more than that.

However, taking a more reflective approach as to what it is like to work this way, I thought I would come up with 8 things I have learned about myself since taking the leap.

Maybe some of these will inspire you. Maybe even bore you, (I hope this doesn’t come across as too self absorbed); either way, this is what rings true to me…

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FINDING THE TIME! How to Start a Business When you Work a 9-5!

You’re knackered. It’s been a long day at the office and the boss was more pissed off than normal.

Let’s not even talk about the commute home.

All you want to do is spend a little time with your kids before they are wrapped up in their PJ’s and huddled off to bed.

But. And this is a big but; you are trying to start an online business and you really need to put the time in.

It feels impossible. There’s just not enough hours in the day.

Which is basically true, we could all do with more hours.

However, somehow you do have to find the time.

And I’m going to show you how.

These 5 steps will help you build your new online business alongside that exhausting 9-5.

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How the Smart Dad Works Less and Gets More Done

Are you one of those people that find it easy to get things done?

High productivity comes second nature to you, the weekend is yours to enjoy with your family and the idea of a 60hr working week is quite frankly ludicrous.

If so, kudos to you. However, you are a rare breed.

As most work from home dads can testify, productivity is a constant battle. Getting things done is directly correlated to the amount of hours you put in.

Or so you would believe.

In fact that view is the wrong way around. And those boffins at Stanford have the data to back it up.

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How to Nail Productivity as a Work From Home Dad? 21 Essential Tips

Working from home is a fantastic.

Whether you are a corporate professional able to work remotely on a regular basis, or a home office entrepreneur running your own business, avoiding the commute and having the luxury of stumbling from your morning coffee to your work zone in your pajamas is something to be envied….

Or so it seems to those that don’t do it.

As all work from home dads come to understand, if you don’t have the right mixture of self discipline and support of your family, you can kiss your levels of productivity goodbye.

Working from home is a potential minefield of distractions and life errands designed to trip you up and drag you away from what you should be doing at every single turn.

From your own unfathomable urge to rearrange your man drawer, to your wife asking if you wouldn’t mind looking after the little one for half an hour, if you are unable to create a robust level of structure for your working day, things will turn south pretty damn quick.

But…. It is not all doom and gloom.

I love working from home and it is very possible to achieve the best work life balance once you get used to the juggle and the fact the onus is on you.

I’ve been doing it now for several years and there is one thing I can say resolutely – I would never go back to the office 9 to 5.

The freedom to work from home really is life changing. You just have to do it right.

It’s taken some trial and error, but I’ve learned a lot about stay at home levels of productivity and the best practices to follow in order to stay on top.

If you want to succeed as a work at home dad, this is what you have to do.

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I Tried the Morning Routines of 7 Highly Successful People: Here’s What Happened

I have my morning routine nailed down. If you’re interested I talk about it here.

Monday to Friday the steps that I take before I hit the laptop, help prime me for a day of knuckle-down productivity.

However, I came about this routine naturally. And this got me thinking.

What would happen if I researched and followed the morning routine of some highly successful people?

These guys know what they are doing? If I followed them, would some of that success rub off on me?

It was a concept worth pursuing.

Finding the necessary details took no time at all. There’s blog posts all over the net discussing what rich, famous and nauseatingly highly driven individuals do after jumping out of bed.

But as we will see, finding out what they did may have been easy, replicating those routines was a different story.

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How to Successfully Work From Home With kids (16 Top Tips From a Dad That’s Been There)

So you’re working from home and you are also looking after the children.

That’s tough. I don’t envy you.

I’ve experienced all permutations of the work / home / childcare juggling act.

After my eldest was born, my wife took maternity leave and we were both at home together. I could structure my day with only minor interruptions.

After a year my wife returned to work. I was now solo at home looking after the child alongside running a business. I did this for 18 (very long) months.

It wasn’t easy.

Then came nursery. For 7 hours in the day I was a free man. Oh boy was that a good time.

My productivity soared.

But within a year my little boy was born.

My wife and I are now stay at home parents together, with my wife doing the lion’s share of the childcare alongside an online course in interior design.

Anyway, I explain all this to demonstrate that I have been there. I know what it is like to look after children, with or without help while trying to work from home.

The list of tips below come directly from those experiences. Want to know how you can possibly look after children and still get that report done on time?

Follow these steps and you’ll be on the right track. Read More