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Exploit Space

These are great tips, I've been self employed for around 15 years and have made myself thoroughly miserable for large chunks of this by not following these tips.

Last year I had some windows put into my studio space, as soon as the first bit of daylight broke though I knew it was going to be life changing.

In the last two years I've reestablished a good gym routine again and this has really helped.

I try to avoid distractions (like interesting discussion on Houzz!). If I get distracted I'm more inclined to have a proper break than stay chained to my desk trying to grind out work at a very unproductive rate.

I almost never work very late any more, 10pm latest as a rule, bit of TV relax, read and bed at a reasonable time, the early evening is broken up by kids coming home, gym and eating.

I don't regret the first ten years of grinding out 15 hour days but I'll never be 100% convinced it was necessary, I could have stayed happier and healthier had I had better advice.

Mix with people, "network" (insert vomit noise!) in a way that suits you, it doesn't have to be work related, might be gym, a class, a haircut but avoiding isolation AS PART OF YOUR ROUTINE, don't wait until you are down, lonely, etc it will have a negative impact on how your deal with your clients and fellow collaborators. If clients and collaborators become that only people in your life you will invariably be disappointed by these relationships Clients, colleagues and collaborators are not friends.

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seekeat

Thank you for this article. You have impeccable timing Houzz as always - I'm new onto the work-from-home scene. Also appreciate the advice from Exploit Space - thank u!

   
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Storewall Australia

Really enjoy working. It is about structure and project managing your day so that your are productive. You find that it is really quiet and there are no distractions. This both a positive and a negative. Positive in that unwanted conversations are avoided but negative in that unless you get a call from someone you are alone all day.

The best bit about it is that time spent traveling to and from the office can now be additional work time or home time, you decide based on what is going on in your day.

   

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