And all at once, it leaves you breathless.

Auckland | Danelle Bourgeois
Auckland | Danelle Bourgeois
Auckland | Danelle Bourgeois

 

Being self-employed and working from home has been one of the best things I’ve ever decided to do. I love being able to work to my own timetable and be able to make the most of the week days. It’s so nice to be able to go shopping with barely anyone around. Or go out walking in the sunshine, knowing that most people are stuck inside looking at a computer. I can stay up late and sleep in (I’m a night owl, just as our business name suggests). My mental health has definitely appreciated it. I used to really dwell on the stupidest things from work (mostly just getting irritated at people’s inefficiency) and spent far too much time at home after work thinking about these things and getting more agitated and stressed by it.

 

Although it seems like a real walk in the park (sometimes literally), keeping yourself on track and motivated to do work is crazy difficult. Especially for me. My attention span is all over the place. Just ask Hook. I find myself having too many days where I just want to go out for a walk, watch a lot of tv shows and sleep. Or like right now, all I want to do is watch Creative Mornings talks all day long (I might be on to my 4th one of the day already haha). It’s going to be an on-going struggle trying to keep on track and get more disciplined.

 

How do you get motivated to do work? What steps have you taken to cut out any distractions?

5 Responses to And all at once, it leaves you breathless.

  1. Nicola
    - 28 July, 2014 Reply

    Being self employed sounds totally awesome. I’d love to be self employed one day. I could imagine the struggle of staying focused though. I’m a bit like you – I don’t have a very good attention span. I also get so easily distracted. I’ll go to look up something and an hour later remember what I was actually supposed to be looking at. I downloaded a pomodoro app which was quite good actually. Must use again.

    • Danelle Bourgeois
      - 28 July, 2014 Reply

      Yes, I am easily distracted too! My mind just goes a million miles an hour and jumps from thing to thing so quickly. Just looked up that app which looks quite good! Thanks for the tip Nicola! :)

  2. Amanda
    - 18 September, 2014 Reply

    It’s been a while since this was posted, so I find myself wondering how you’ve been doing for the past two months. I was just wondering — what job/company did you work in before you decided to work from home? I feel like the main complaint that I’ve heard from everyone that does so is exactly what you’ve expressed — that it’s amazing to be on your own schedule but it’s hard to stay crazy driven and onto it. A tip I once read that stuck out to me was to always get out of your pajamas and get fully dressed and made up as if you were going into an office/public somewhere. That way you feel truly in “work” mode, rather than, working in clothes that are toooo comfy and easy to lounge around in! :)

    • Amanda
      - 18 September, 2014 Reply

      Oh snap, I just went on your twitter and read you’re moving to Melbourne. Totally explains the blog absence!

    • Danelle Bourgeois
      - 25 September, 2014 Reply

      Hey Amanda! Yeah I barely every blog. You’ll be lucky to hear from me once every 3 months haha. Twitter is where I hang these days and any updates about my life are on there. :P I used to work at Opus – an international engineering consultancy company. I generally do get dressed and stuff in the morning, but that doesn’t stop me from being distracted by things. Haha. And yes, the Melbourne move hasn’t helped with time to update anything online either!

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