Working from home can be super exciting and new – for about a week. For some, it’s much better than working at the office. For others, it becomes something entirely different – very boring, super repetitive, and even painful. For some it can be pure hell.
If you find yourself struggling to focus on work and feel like the joy has been lost – and if you want to make more positive, incremental, and sustainable improvements – I have a time-tested formula that has worked well for me.
You see, as of mid-March, and primarily because of COVID-19, I’ve begun to work from home again too. It’s not the first time. For better or worse, it’s probably my 15th time that I’ve started and stopped working from home over my 20+ year career. Sometimes I do it out of necessity and other times it lands on me like a wet blanket.
Like the time I had a short-but-long-distance consulting engagement and Starbucks was always too loud. Or the time I was engaged as a Fractional CMO for a client but did not have an on-site office. Or all the times I thought I’d save money by working from home instead of getting a co-working space. Or the few times I got laid off or “downsized”. Or how about every time I start a new business (TalentSum is #7). The list goes on.
Point is, working from home is never easy, but I’ve figured out how to make it work. The hardest part is this – at some time during your work-from-home experience you might begin to feel the joy start to drain away. Or a fear or sense of helplessness creeps in. When this happens, just know this is completely normal. (Bookmark this post for that day).
Okay, ready? Here it is: Go deeper. Go more narrow. Be bold. Focus on process.
That’s it? Yes. The next time you are down or stuck at work and can’t seem to move forward give it a try. Here’s why it works:
Give it a try: Go deeper. Go more narrow. Be bold. Focus on process.
I know that when I refocus my efforts around this formula, chaos starts to evaporate. My mind becomes hyper-focused and clear. I get into a flow. Joy reappears in my life. And more work gets done. Eventually, a peace and awareness of self washes over me, and I find myself thinking “oh, there I am”.