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HomeBiz Issues: Why Not Get Up an Hour Earlier?

You would be surprised to learn as groggy as it may feel, that you are your most creative when you first wake up. Maybe it is just because of maximum velocity; or maybe stressful situations have not arisen yet so you are better able to focus on what needs to be done.

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Whatever you use that extra hour for – to accomplish anything you know you need to do today – get it over with. Getting up earlier will also cause you to be tired earlier and you may start to fall asleep sooner. Many people have trouble sleeping and the sooner you start to try to fall asleep the better. It doesn’t take that much effort when you are really tired.

Sometimes you need to actually train yourself to fall asleep – you can practice with naps which are really good for you, especially if you do not sleep well during the night. If you can’t fall asleep keep your eyes shut, stretch out in a comfortable position and keep trying. On the other hand if you can’t fall asleep in an hour then get up and do something away from your bedroom so that your mind does not associate not being able to sleep with that area. Then go back and try again.

If you don’t have something you think you need to do in that extra hour that is business related then how about using it for some exercise? This will energize your day for sure if you start out with something healthy. Although the gym or gadgets will do, frankly something that involves fresh air is best if possible. It can change from day-to-day as long as you use the hour for something productive.

Particularly if you have a very busy schedule with a day job, a family, a home based business etc., any extra time you can squeeze in will not only make you more creative and productive, but will eventually make you feel a sense of peace and well-being because you are no longer rushing or feel like your life is just too tedious.

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Don’t Let Your Home Based Business Be a Time Trap

The reasons people express for wanting to work from home are many and varied, but most home based business owners cite the ability to set their own hours as a major factor in their decision to work at home. However, many people that have work at home businesses often fall into a trap that flies directly in the face of their stated desire for time flexibility.

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The strong growth in home based business activity continues and according to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, fifty-two percent of ALL small businesses are home-based. Some home based business owners have been known to become “workaholics” because their office is so accessible. Don’t become a slave to your business…get out of your home office regularly to renew and revitalize yourself.

Close the door to your office or otherwise remove yourself from your designated “work area” and go into your “home” area to live your personal life. If your business involves the use of the telephone and you find it difficult to ignore a ringing phone in the office, simply turn the ringer off and turn the volume on the answering machine way down. If your business is Internet based, just turn off your computer (or at least get away from the monitor and keyboard).

As a work at home business entrepreneur, you certainly aren’t required to be available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week just because your business is located in your home. After all, your office or workspace is just an area in your home…it’s not your home itself! Working and living under the same roof has a host of advantages, but it can present some challenges (in addition to the workaholic syndrome mentioned, above) and stress factors.

Here are four ways to create a less stressful home business environment:

-Remember why you wanted to become involved with a home-based business (i.e. more time for family, work schedule flexibility, etc.)

-Have discussions with your family members and get their input about the working arrangements and the amount of time they want with you.

-Use good time management techniques. Keep a list of tasks by order of importance. There are many low cost and effective “day planners” or “organizers” readily available today.

-ALWAYS take a little time to “smell the roses”.

-While not experiencing the negatives common to a corporate office working environment, the home-based business owner may occasionally experience stresses and frustrations that are unique to working at home.Networking with other home-based and small business owners provides an opportunity to connect with others who may be experiencing the same stresses/frustrations that you are. Sharing stressful and/or frustrating issues with someone else in the same situation can relieve your stress and may bring you good advice from a different point of view.

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