Working as a solopreneur has its ups and downs.
The benefits of working alone are great. You have fewer distractions, you can plan your day however you so choose, and working out of a home office affords you the right to wear what you’d like. Still, this type of work can get a bit lonely and with the quiet days and lack of water cooler chat. When it does, it’s not uncommon to lose your energy and excitement about the work you usually are so passionate about.
A lack of energy in a home office means a lack of productivity. You struggle to focus and every little task becomes increasingly difficult to finish. If this sounds like you, here are three easy ways that you can get more energized while working as a solopreneur in your home office.
1. Tap into a natural resource. According to the rules of Feng Shui design, adding natural elements to your office is a terrific way to streamline your focus and improve the energy in the room. Whether you open a window for some fresh air, add a plant, or light a candle, putting something natural in your home office is a great way to add some natural energy.
2. Change your position. A simple change in posture can do wonders for your mindset. Now, professionals at large corporations and in home offices alike realize the benefits of standing while working with a standing desk. When you sit for long periods of time, the electricity in your leg muscles shuts off, you burn fewer calories, and your body starts to work just a little bit slower. Standing frequently while working allows you to combat this and revitalize your body giving you the energy you need to thrive in a home office. This is the stand-desk that I use.
3. Take frequent breaks. You have a lengthy to-do list and want to tackle everything you can, so taking breaks on a regular basis seems counterproductive. But surprisingly, taking breaks can actually help you become more productive. When you get up, stretch, and step out of your office for a few minutes, you reenergize your brain. When you’re ready to step back into your office, you feel refreshed and more focused.
What do you do to stir up more energy in your home office as a solopreneur?
Kimberly Crossland is a solopreneur who works out of her home office in Tucson. She frequently shares what works for her on other solopreneur blogs.