Create With Passion

Be eager, be determined and no matter how tedious it may seem at times keep on pushing. Have zeal, drive and be devoted to your project. Others we be able to tell if your serious about the progress of your work or not. Never rush, set out blocks of time so you can take your time and not leave any loose ends, finish what you start. I try to do one project at a time. When you tend to bounce around you leave loose ends all over the place. You want to start and finish and move on to the next thing. Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have order or a daily plan. Just like a 9-5 outside of the home pick a block of time that is strictly dedicated daily to your project from start to finish. Let your answering service take messages and put that phone down, as a matter of fact turn off all distractions so you can stay focused. I like to listen to music sometimes when I am working on something but even sometimes if I find it distracting I am not hesitant to cut it off.

Organization is the key to keeping things flowing. A place for everything and everything in its place so you don’t waste work time hunting for things. Lay it all out in your work space like an assembly line.

When you take pride in your work, you protect it. Keep finished projects covered, accidents happen. All it takes is a knocked over cup of coffee or soda pop on something you are making to cause a disaster especially if it’s something made of easily stained materials. Eat and drink before or after your start working, better safe than sorry. All in all work at a pace and on a daily schedule that is good for you so you won’t burn yourself out. Find a way to balance your time if you’re a homemaker or stay at home mom so that you can take care of your children, your home and your crafts. Every now and then take a little time for yourself. There is nothing wrong with a short break or two during the day to give your brain and body a rest. Just develop a system and try to stick to it. Remember the more persistent and consistent you are in developing your craft the quicker and bigger your inventory grows.

Ways To Effectively Work From Home

In this day and age, there are several people who work from home on a regular or on an on-and-off basis. The reasons could be numerous, starting from health issues, long commute, maternity, and so on. The belief that an employee needs to be in the office to be efficient is now gradually changing, with benefits of working from home arising aplenty. However, for some people, especially if you have just begun to work from home, things can get a bit overwhelming. Here are a few things you can do to organize your ‘home office’.

A Constant Office Space

Setting up one room (or a portion of a room) as your office can go a long way in creating a sense of mood and motivation that might otherwise be lacking when you are not in office. Fix a table, an ergonomic chair (yes, it is an investment you will not regret if you work from home regularly), and other essentials you might need for work, for example, a charging station for your computer or mobile phone around that area. Stick to that place the best you can while working and move away when you are not. You can still visit that area when you are not working, but make sure it is not close to the bed that you sleep in. In smaller houses this might be difficult to arrange but try to set up your workplace in a different room than your bedroom. This is not because you might accidentally climb onto your bed, and sleep during working hours, but because your quality of sleep at night might be affected by the presence of your work things.

Air Quality

While you are indoors through the major portion of the day, it is important to ensure you get sufficient ventilation, and good quality air to breathe. If you live in an area where the pollution level is low, keep your windows open at all times for the fresh air to stimulate your brain, and improve your efficiency. If, unfortunately, you live in an area where the outside air is horrid, an air purifier is recommended. Remember, your health is of utmost importance no matter from where you work.

Exercise

Although exercising is a mandate for everybody, it is even more crucial for people who work from home. When you are in office, you might take frequent breaks down to the cafeteria or a roadside tea/coffee shop, but when you are home, these breaks are eliminated from your routine. Hence, it is of utmost importance to exercise regularly. Choose whatever works for you – yoga, aerobics, weights, cardio, but be regular and diligent about it.

Venture Out

Make it a point to get out of the house at least for ten or fifteen minutes every working day. You could either run a quick errand such as going to the ATM, picking up dry-cleaning, buying dinner, and so on, or you could take a simple walk in your neighbourhood at the very least. Going outside once in a day and seeing other people on the road helps your brain relax, because, after all, we are all social beings.

Do Not Overwork

Many people, especially in the beginning, tend to feel guilty about not working from the office. They feel that they are not working enough, or something is missing. Some people have it even worse because others who go to office regularly have a tendency to point fingers and condemn those who work from home. Snide remarks such as “Oh, what do you know about the hectic traffic we go through”, or “You work from home, that must mean you have plenty of time”, to “I don’t think people who work from home actually get any work done”, are very commonly heard. Do not get bogged down by such things. Just because you work from home does not mean you should work longer hours. Fix your work hours as you would if you were in office, and stick to it.

Some Things to Think About For Work From Home Scenarios

Nowadays, more and more business users work from home than ever. You save time by not having to commute that far from your home to the office and use that commute time to being more efficient by getting more things done at the office and/or spend more quality time with your family, spend more time take care of yourself to become healthier by going to the gym, or even put more time into work because you now have more time to do so.

There are some things that businesses must keep in mind when allowing their employees to work from home, and one of them is IT Security. Businesses have to make sure that the employees are communicating securely to the corporate office when they are working remotely (either from the employee’s home or from a coffee shop somewhere). One of the very first suggestions is to make sure that business users are connecting with a virtual provide network tunnel to the corporate office. This creates a virtual and encrypted tunnel from their remote home office or from any other remote location. After that, all communicates to the corporate office is encrypted and transferred securely through the tunnel. Corporate users can decide whether they want to allow split tunneling or not.

Split tunneling is a feature on the virtual private network (VPN) tunnel and a business decision to send all traffic (including the internet’s traffic) through the tunnel to the corporate office. This way, the users’ laptop is protected from accessing any insecure and unsafe internet site. The corporate may also have a way to monitor and protect that VPN tunnel’s traffic so that any if there is any viruses or malwares are detected, it will have a way to stop that from infecting the whole network. There is a downside to this however. The downside is that there will be a lot more traffic going through the corporate’s network. So, the company has to decide what is best in terms of priority.

If businesses decide to allow split tunneling for remote users working from home, it should make sure that the users’ laptop has some security application installed such as firewall, ant-virus and anti-malware application enabled to detect and block, drop or prevent malicious traffic from entering and infecting others. Several solutions exist for this and one method is to use the Cisco AMP for Endpoints.

Today’s corporate end gateway firewalls are a lot more sophisticated that they do some detection and policy checks when users connect to the office to make sure that the laptops have all the security features enabled and if not, the users’ laptop is prompted to install anything that the laptop needs to comply with the corporate security policy and standard. That way, there is no need to worry that the network is unprotected and insecure.