Looking for balance and motivation in life

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Right now I am trying to work on balancing my life mostly. How can you get balance when you too busy at home working on projects? (A few of my own and for clients) I was wondering if there are any information E-books I can read on this or if anyone could recommend a good book to rent from the library.

I work from home all the time and would like to go out more in order to clear my mind. Staying in the house is not always fun. I'm looking for motivation, balance, and connecting with nature. Sports are fine too but I just got out of surgery two days ago so I cannot do anything too strenuous.

If anyone has some good advice, that would help too. I've been reading up on a few ideas through research but most of it is review for me since I've thought of most of these ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Are you housebound due to surgery or is it that you simply can't move around too much? You can always go out and sit quietly in a park or on a beach, away from computers and the internet...free to let your mind relax. That is something I am about to do as I feel I spend too much time working as well.

    Instead of reading what to do..go out and just relax, let your mind wander and enjoy some peace with the distraction of technology.
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    • Profile picture of the author PinkVelvet
      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      Are you housebound due to surgery or is it that you simply can't move around too much? You can always go out and sit quietly in a park or on a beach, away from computers and the internet...free to let your mind relax. That is something I am about to do as I feel I spend too much time working as well.

      Instead of reading what to do..go out and just relax, let your mind wander and enjoy some peace with the distraction of technology.
      This is probably the best piece of advice I have received on here so far so thanks, Laurence =)

      I guess I just need to get up and walk out of the house without even thinking about it. That's all there is to it! I'll make it a habit each morning to walk at least 10 to 20 minutes around my neighborhood each day. I'm not housebound because of surgery but rather because I prefer to work from home. Even if I had a full time job outside of the house, I wouldn't be able to work for another 2 weeks so doing everything online is fine for me now.

      I am actually going to expand some of my personal businesses once I feel better so am looking forward to it. Yay. I'll take a few hour breaks between working throughout the day to focus on my meditation.

      Joe ~ Great idea. Getting up early will definitely help and I think by doing this, I'll have more time in my day to focus on other things!
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Crosbie
    Walking is an excellent way to clear you mind and it also connects you to nature. Taking a walk relaxes the mind, you are providing it with clean air. It is also a good way to come up with ideas, some of my best have been on a causal walk around the block.

    If walking is too much at the moment with you coming of surgery (hope you are okay by the way ), you could try things like meditation. Getting up a little bit earlier and dedicating sometime to just focusing on your breathing is amazing! It helps you live in the present and also helps you gain clarity in your life.

    Hope this helps

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    • Profile picture of the author polkadot100
      I agree with the others about walking, whenever I am feeling stressed or overworked a walk on the coast or beach always does the trick! I would also like to give meditation a go but not easy with a toddler in the house haha!
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  • Profile picture of the author techbul
    You have to set a proper sleeping habit first. I work from home, by the time I finish my work , I have ample time to go out and have fun with my friends and family. One of the best advice that i can give you is that do not work for more than 2 hours. After 2 hours go out, walk, stretch, eat/drink something. It will give you a sense of relaxation.
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  • Profile picture of the author namktqs
    Just by your decision. Do things make you feel good. That help increase your energy, then your work more effectively.
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    • Profile picture of the author natsnumbers
      The joy of working from home is making your own schedule.

      I would say from my experience:
      • Get up early and get any non-interaction business out of the way (5AM-7:30AM I write blogs, answer emails, research, prepare) - so you can take advantage of daylight later.
      • Like Techbul said, get up and take breaks. I do this every 2 hours. I go play with my dogs outside, take a walk, put on music and dance around, have sex, meditate, take a run, meet with a friend for 30 minutes at a coffee shop. Whatever floats your boat, gets your blood moving and enlivens the soul. Sometimes we get in a rut, and do not realize we are the boss and we have the power to break the routine while still making great money and being productive.
      • When you are done with your work day (early because of the first bullet?) go and push the envelope. Live the life of your dreams (which is why we do this work in the first place, right?).
      That is where the 'motivation' factor comes into play. What excites and titillates you? Because THAT should be just as much a part of your business model as anything else.
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  • Profile picture of the author GT
    Balance can be difficult, especially when a person is focused on projects or feeling pressured by deadlines and responsibilities. I suppose the thing to remember is that you can only do one thing at a time and you have only so much energy; also, that tomorrow is another day, so if you can't get things done today, don't stress about it, just make a list for tomorrow and hit the ground running when it is time.

    So, keeping all of that in mind, my recommendation for balance is to intentionally and purposefully PLAN for breaks away from your work, especially for walks or excursions outside of the house. Schedule some daily time to do that.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
    Years ago I read a great book "Success: The Glenn Bland Method" that really goes into detail on getting balance in your life from spiritual, family, business, physical, and recreation. I'm sure you can find it at Amazon. Well worth it as I still remember much of what I learned 30 years ago.
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    • Profile picture of the author ElGuapo
      Set aside 2-3 hours each day to create a 'clean break' for yourself.

      Allow yourself a coffee after waking as you catch up with the morning news. Take a long shower. Make the bed. Go for a long walk. If you like, get breakfast/lunch from a cafe. Walk that food off on your way back home. Work your muscles with some resistance bands. Take another shower. Change into some comfortable clothes.

      Then sit down and work for the next eight hours with regular 10 minute breaks to allow your mind to breathe.

      Just speaking from my own experience, but I find a basic routine like this really helps. I find it takes me a few hours for my mind to feel fully-adjusted and sharp for the day ahead. Give your mind that time to adapt, and warm up your body some. You'll be good to go!
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