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Overcoming distraction when you work from home Words + Image Rebecca Tereu

Working from home is no joke. I've lost count of the amount of times I've heard people sigh longingly, look at me wistfully, and even declare I was lucky to have such a cruisy life because I got to work from home.

Every day she must practise kicking stress to the curb, and have thick skin and a strong heart for those times when things don't always go to plan and there's no one around to rant with.

Yes, I can't deny it, working from home has its perks and we'll get to that in a minute, but for the most part, it's damn hard and completely underestimated. It's also extremely fulď€ lling and rewarding if that little thing called balance is applied.

She must deal with every facet of business – just like any other business – and staunchly avoid the temptation of the couch, the TV remote or the cosy (still warm) bed calling to her from down the hallway. She must limit the coffee dates with her girlfriends and learn to walk past that hurricane mess her family so thoughtfully left behind on their way out the door, without letting it distract or derail her.

Ahhh BALANCE. Easy to say that word, not so easy to implement, right? I've discovered balance is possible, but we simply cannot have a perfectionist mind-set towards it if we want to thrive. We do however, have to have a nonnegotiable attitude and of course, a plan. Working from home requires a woman to have ironclad discipline, razor sharp multitasking skills, expert time management abilities, limitless self-motivation and the ability to capture elusive inspiration out of nowhere.

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THIS is where the rubber hits the road for a woman who works from home. If your situation is similar to mine, your desk is right in the eye of the storm and you can't even glance to your left or right without seeing something that simply NEEDS to be done. It's like an itch you just have to scratch, and before you know it you're knee deep in that washing pile, or elbows deep in the dishwater, and half the day has disappeared.

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Focus Magazine issue 7  

Lifestyle and business magazine. About women

Focus Magazine issue 7  

Lifestyle and business magazine. About women