If you’re a professional go getter, it can be so difficult to have experienced the switch from constantly moving around to remaining exclusively at home. Lack of incoming new business, strain of finances, mental health, and health all play roles in the ability to balance your career with your life at home. We’ve created some tips to help you stay motivated and organized, and to help you keep your priorities and end goals in mind! Create LandmarksStart with one year from now, and think about where you want to be. Imagine your future self. Where do they want to be? Are they going to be happy with where you are now, or are they going to wish you did some more to enhance success? For more ways to explore your future self’s business needs, check out this post. Thinking about where you want to be in one year from now is an excellent way to begin to set up landmarks. Plan backwards- in order to be where you want to be in one year, where do you have to be in six months? In 3 months? In one month, and next week? Don’t forget the baby steps! If you’ve ever started a business, or really started anything that requires some hard work, you know that landmarks can only be reached if baby steps are accomplished. Give yourself credit for those small steps so you know what you are accomplishing. This will not only help you recognize how far you’ve come, but will also boost your sense of competence and confidence. Chances are that you are accomplishing fantastic things every single day, and just have a harder time recognizing those smaller steps. Check out this article on how self compassion can lead to better business. Get creative with organizationPrioritize what you want to organize! I know I am saying a lot of words here, but prioritizing organization can make overall organizing less daunting. For example, if you know you need to figure out how to organize your inbox, but your desk is such a mess that you can’t even think straight, one of these things definitely needs to be done before the other. And don’t forget to give yourself credit for the baby step of organizing your desk! Work-home boundaries/routinesI will give you this- this one is exceptionally tricky during a pandemic in which you are quarantined, even as things are opening up. Try starting your work day with a solidified routine, so your body and mind know your work day is starting. Maybe this is something like a cup of coffee, or maybe it is just a few deep breaths. Whatever works! Try to do this at the end of the day too. Choose a different routine to solidify the end of your day, so your body and mind can adjust to shutting off and tuning into your partner and children for the rest of the evening. For more advice on how to manage being a parent who is now working from home, check out this guide. Make sure you are also setting internal boundaries. This does not necessarily mean setting limits on what you do at work (learning to say “no” is always a crowd favorite!), but instead means knowing when your body has just had enough. Tune into what exhaustion feels like for you. Do your eyes get droopy? Or do you start to zone out? Notice when you have reached your max, and try to tap out then. Keep in mind that this may be constantly changing! This is why we suggest an end of day routine rather than a consistent time. It is possible that some days you are able to work until 7pm, and this works for you, but other days you need to shut off at 5. This is okay! Pay attention to what your body is telling you. Keep a scheduleFinally, try to organize your day into a concrete schedule. You can really do this based on how you best function. If you are someone who likes to know what they are doing every hour, on the hour, awesome! If not, this is more than okay too. Instead, try to break down your schedule by morning, noon and night. For example, try accomplishing a specific set of tasks before 12PM, and another set before 5PM. This can make the day feel less overwhelming, and will also allow you the space to give yourself that credit we discussed earlier! All in all…Goals are hard to accomplish at any time, but exceptionally difficult to tackle when the world feels like it is out of control. Remember to instill that sense of accomplishment through acknowledging what you are doing, so you don’t get bogged down with what you haven’t done.