Archive for July, 2013

Dress For Success

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Young Woman Sitting in Front of a Computer and LaughingWorking from home has its benefits. I can roll out of bed, shuffle over to my desk, and begin writing, editing, formatting, or whatever I’m scheduled to do on that day. I don’t have to worry about a dress code or a commute. I don’t have to worry about untimely interruptions from my coworker in the next cubicle. I can work until I’m ready for breakfast or lunch without making sure I stop and start at a pre-scheduled time. I’m my own person and I set my own rules. That sounds pretty good doesn’t it? And I won’t deny that I haven’t done this on occasion where I worked within an absolutely relaxed mindset. But what I have found is that my relaxed mindset has a habit of overflowing into my performance.

While I want a relaxed atmosphere, I don’t want to perform in a relaxed manner and I don’t think my clients would appreciate it either. I want to function for my clients with 100% efficiency. I certainly do not want my work to appear to my clients as a work-from-home effort. My goal is to produce an end product that will compete with and exceed what is expected from a high-end corporate setting.

Therefore, while my day does begin with me rolling out of bed, I dress as if I have somewhere to go. I don’t dress as if I were going to work in Corporate America. I may even be in a pair of sweats and a tee shirt, but you will not find me working in my PJ’s. I find that I do need a bit of structure so that I can maintain the professional persona that I want to maintain even though I’m working from home. I may get in a few hours of work before stopping for breakfast, but I do stop for breakfast. The same goes for lunch. I try to take myself away from my desk while eating. I’m still working on that one, though. But, I am not working while I’m eating. I may be at my desk playing a game on my computer.

Taking these simple steps help me to maintain structure and keep a separation between work and play. What steps do you take to make sure that working at home does not meld into your other home activities? I’d love to hear about your experiences.

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, attorneys, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine for a free consultation to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

You can download Lorraine’s free eBook “Turn Writing Your Book Into a Marketing Success” here.
Written by Lorraine Castle ©2013 www.castlevirtualsolutions.com

Procrastination

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

clock“Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.” Christopher Parker

I came across this quote and it spoke to me in such a way that I was provoked to post the quote on social media. The next day after posting, I received an invitation to attend a free 20-minute presentation entitled, “How to Overcome Fear & Procrastination When Building Your Business,” presented by Ray Higdon.

These two occurrences caused me to realize that I am not the only one who procrastinates. There! I’ve said it. Yes, I do procrastinate – and I’m not the only one. There are quotes that tell us to do otherwise. “…never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” – Lord Chesterfield “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” – Wayne Gretzky

Why do we procrastinate? After much thought, I believe some of us procrastinate because inactivity is predictable. Another quote that I have heard many times is, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” There are no surprises with inactivity. Inactivity can be comforting, but it is also unrewarding. Procrastination will not bring you closer to your ultimate goal – whatever that may be. If anything, procrastination can lead to depression because in procrastinating, you’re delaying the achievement of activities and milestones that will bring you closer to your goals.

Don’t allow procrastination to hold you back. Move forward. Stepping forward opens doors that were not open to us prior to the action of moving forward. Moving forward can appear to be fearful because it often leads to the unknown – areas that you are not familiar with. I heard someone else say that everything you want in life is right outside your comfort zone.

How close are you to your goal? How close are you to everything you want in life right now? Is the next step that you’re procrastinating taking the step that will lead you to your goals?

Do you need help overcoming procrastination? Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, attorneys, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine for a free consultation to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

You can download Lorraine’s free eBook “Turn Writing Your Book Into a Marketing Success” here.

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2013 www.castlevirtualsolutions.com