Most of us have been forced to work from home and I know this has been quite an adjustment for a lot of moms out there. I’m a mom of 4 so, trust me, I know what you’re going through!
So, in this episode, we'll talk about something I'm very familiar with being a mom who works from a home, and I want to share with you 9 of the things I’ve been doing on a daily basis to help me operate at a high level whether at home or in my business.
These are my work-from-home tips for you today. Feel free to take what might work for you.
1. I make my bed and keep my space tidy
2. I get dressed because I believe that when you look good, you feel good!
3. I create and follow a morning routine
4. I plan out my day
5. Communication is key!
6. I make sure I eat and take multiple breaks
7. I connect with the people in my life and my business
8. I move my body
9. I disconnect and decompress
This whole quarantine situation is all new to us, so be gentle with yourself - we’re all doing our best!
I can’t wait for you to dive into this episode. I hope you’ll find these tips helpful as you navigate your work-from-home life.
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Aloha and welcome to the Dream Into it Podcast. I'm Roxelle Cho coming to you from my hometown, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. After building a multiple seven figure swimwear brand from a dream starting in my garage, I became curious into learning how my thoughts created the reality around me.
This is the Dream Into it Podcast where we will look into how powerful inspired, motivated women like myself are able to rewrite the stories of their lives and step into their power. I am so excited to be able to join you on your journey of stepping into your potential and creating the life of your dreams. Mahalo for being here today, let's dream into it!
Aloha dreamers, and welcome to episode number five of the Dream Into It podcast. Today we're going to be talking about some things that now being in this quarantine state that we all are in somewhat, whether it be mandatory lockdown on where you're at, or just staying at home a little more than you're used to.
So this episode we'll talk about something I'm familiar with being a mom that works from a home. It's a little bit of work from home tips - what works for me as a mother of four, as a business owner of an online eCommerce business doing over multiple seven figures right now.
Just a little bit of tips for those of you who may be staying at home or working from home. Or just adjusting to this new concept in your life. It has been a little bit of an adjustment and a little bit tough.
I'd like to share as I've been doing this for quite a while before the quarantine was trending, it was always a thing for me. As much as I'd like to leave the house at times, that's not always an option with four kids in the home and also running a business from home - managing a team and all these little things that come about.
A lot of the time I'm not much of a systems and processes person, but as I've grown my business, I've realized that it's these little systems and processes that make the engine run - whether it be in our bodies, in our businesses, in our families.
I don't realize it at the time, but I do have systems and processes in my life that allow me to operate at a high level in these areas - whether it be my life, my business, my family. And so as I was trying to come up with today's episode of what would be helpful for everyone who's at home right now, as we stay at home and as we listen to podcasts a little more on our digital content, "What would be helpful to you?"
So a little bit of advice from me, this is all going to be from my personal experience of what helps me too. Be a work from home mom of four and operate on the level that I do. And I came up with about nine different things off the top of my head that I put into my day every day. Not realizing it because again, I'm not a systems and processes person.
But when I look back hindsight is 2020, these things are always in existence in my day. When some parts of these are missing, I notice my day goes a little bit more awry, a little bit more unbalanced, and I get a little bit more frustrated. I know that if I put these nine things into play in my day, and they've become habits over time, they're not as difficult as they used to be.
But again, these were little habits consistently done over time that create these big tangible results. And so let's get into that. This is in no specific order. I'm just going to kind of run through the top of my head. What comes to mind as I work from home.
The first thing I do, (I notice when I wake up in the morning) is I need to organize my bed space. So my tip number one for me would be - clean spaces. What I mean by that is I have noticed that all the areas that I like to get work done in, where I need to get my actual creative thinking done - I create clean uncluttered spaces.
So again, let me remind you, I have four kids. So you all know, as much as you try to keep everything tidy as possible, they come right behind you and throw all of their toys and create a disaster zone once again. So I know for all of you mothers out there listening to this, I understand what you're going through, right?
When I exactly set the furniture, they come with their hoverboards and just run the couch right over it, slip it on it's back. However, that may look in your life, be gentle on yourself. In this process, I create clean spaces with what I'm able to do realistically. And so in the mornings, I make sure that I get up and I tidy my bed.
Do I have to have the perfectly made bed where every sheet is tucked in and has just the right amount of pillows and blankets? No, I make my bed. Easy to fix in the morning. I have one comforter that I can just throw right over the bed and arrange the two giant pillows that I love with.
I have some decorative pillows as well, but at least I know if those two pillows are there and the comforter is pulled over the bed and it looks neat. I can walk away from the bed feeling good and that's my first accomplishment of the day. I checked it off my list - it's great. I feel accomplished now. I built a little bit of confidence in myself to go to my next tip. That would be to get dressed.
So once I feel confident (I've made my bed), the next thing that I do is get dressed. I tell my daughter, "When you feel good, you look good. When you look good, you feel good". And it is that for me. You all know, ladies, if you're listening to this, you know when you put on a little bit of lipstick, a little bit of mascara, whether it's a lip gloss, anything, you put your hair up, you brush your hair. Sometimes it's a goal for me to just brush my hair.
So getting dressed, making yourself feel good so that you look good. And when you look good, you feel good. That would be tip number two. And again, every day is different. Some days I don't have as much time as I like. Ideally, I would love to go back to when I was 20. I had hours to dry brush and sit there - brush your hair, blow dry it, moisturize it and moisturize your skin and all these things.
So whatever it is that you have time for, whatever, that looks for your schedule, some days for me, we need to get that moving quickly and we need to get in and out of that bathroom. Getting dressed is, maybe it has to happen in 10 to 15 minutes because we have to attend to some other things as a family.
Whatever that may look for you. Maybe that means pampering yourself a little more in the morning to make yourself feel great. If you have the time to do that, don't feel guilty about it. Love yourselves, ladies. It's part of the process and it's allowed.
So the next thing for me - tip number three is to create a morning routine. And again, through my 20 years of being an entrepreneur and being a business owner. The morning routine has changed quite a bit. When I used to have a business and I have no kids, I was not married, of course, my morning routine looked different. I had time to work out for two, three hours a day. It was awesome! I had a rocking body.
As I've changed and my life has gone through these phases - children have come into the mix, I've been married now for 15 years and we have different things now as a family, and different responsibilities.
Not that I don't have a choice. I always have a choice to do anything you want to do. You have these choices but I know that my priorities now are different. My morning routine consists of just me setting the tone for my entire day. For me, it includes drinking a glass of water.
That's the first thing I do in the morning, I drink a glass of water. I hydrate. I get my green superfoods in, whether it be through a smoothie of some sort or just green supplements that you take. Whatever that may be your vitamins. For me, it's my daily vitamins. I feel good when I do that. Those are habits I create and yes after I hydrate, I contradict myself with a cup of coffee because that's what makes me happy.
I confirmed that in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, we have some of the best coffee in the world. So I indulge in Kona coffee every single morning and I just love it. It makes me feel good. I make iced coffee every morning. It's funny, I never drank hot coffee. It's very rare. I ice my coffee. I have a cold brew always in my fridge of some sort, or I even ice my coffee. I always drink my coffee from a copper Moscow mule mug.
I just love the feel of it in my hand. I love sipping from the cold copper mug, and it makes me feel happy. It makes me feel like I'm having a party in the morning because I always equate that mug with the party. And so my mornings for me, (that's how I get up and I get energized) I put my ice coffee in my favorite Moscow mule mug, and I sip from it. That's part of my morning routine.
And of course, there's my quick meditations - scheduling or journaling and some sort of mix as well. But honestly, as you can see how excited I was over my coffee, my hydrating, and my vitamins - that's my main thing. And of course, your morning might look different.
There were times in the past where my morning routine consisted of journaling. I would have a hundred-day goal journal. I'd have different things that I do, perhaps like certain meditation. Some days I do 21-day challenges and meditations. It might be some sort of workout that you're accustomed to or whatever that may look for you.
For me, it's just setting the tone for the day. Getting happy and excited because of the way I work in that state, gets really creative, and it gives me the energy to get through the remainder of my day feeling happy and great. My entire work from home and habits, you're going to see that it's always a way to just make me feel good throughout my entire day and that's my life.
I always prioritize, "How happy are you?" Because I know from that place, you'll be able to be a better person for everyone around you and impact the world around you in a better way.
So my number four - would be scheduling. It would be scheduling your day before your day happens. Not just running into your day like you're running into a brick wall and crashing and things falling apart. But actually putting some intention about how your day is going to look.
So those first moments that I opened my eyes, I actually set my attention and I asked myself, “How do I want my day to look?” And it's okay to do that. You know, sometimes as women, we prioritize ourselves last on our list. But what I've realized as a mom and as a wife - I'm a better mother and a better wife when I create time for me.
And it allowed me to be happy. They then get a happy person. They get a happier mom, wife, friend, business owner, manager, boss, whatever it is. Create that in your schedule as well. My schedule will always consist of getting big things done first.
So there are people who call it the big rocks. I've heard of eating the ugliest frog first, it's a book. Whatever it is that you look at it as, “What are your top priorities for the date?” Because realistically, we can write lists of hundreds of things that are super overwhelming.
When you look at those lists, every single day can look like pages of lists to get done. For me, my brain can handle three top priorities for the whole day. What are my three majors?
The one thing that I need to get done, that if I get those done, they will be the most impactful thing that I could have ever done that day. By doing those things, the things beneath them either become easier or I may not even need to do those things.
So I've learned to put the big tasks first. Do those big things. Once you have taken those on, everything else goes super smoothly. Everything else feels a lot easier also, and you get energized because you're like, “Wow! did I just really do all that?”
And yes, put that at the top of your list because that's when you're feeling the most creative, and energized. When you're in flow, those things that seem big when you start, aren't that difficult when you get down to it coming from the right space.
So tip number five - this one's a little bit hard for me, and for those who know me, it's been and it still is a learning curve, I guess.
I'm still learning how to do this properly. So for my families out there who are listening to this, my friends, my husband, they all know - it will be clear communication. Yes, I use my voice a lot on these platforms, on my social channels, but when it comes down to my family, having clear communication is helpful.
That's in regards to clear communication with my kids, my spouse, my parents. That may even come down to setting healthy boundaries. "What are you expecting of each other?" Communicating that back and forth and seeing the hard things like some days, seeing the things that maybe you might feel is a little bit hard to say.
It might feel hurtful to somebody, but if it's coming out of a good place and your heart is there and the intentions are not to hurt somebody. I've realized that having clear communication, even when seeing the difficult things has resulted. In better results for myself and my family.
So I would encourage everyone to practice this open, clear communication channels in your family, within your marriage, with your children, and of course, give yourself some room to kind of mess up.
Some days I still do. Some days I'm like, "Oh, sorry, that slipped out the wrong way. Sorry. What I actually meant was this. I didn't mean to make you feel this way, but what I actually meant to say was this, and this is how I feel".
Communication can get easier and can get better and this is something difficult for a lot of people. We've come from generations of not so clear communication. We've come from generations where men and women have a certain role. And that role for women might not have allowed them to speak up. This is a learning process for all of us, and we can allow ourselves sometimes to be not so perfect with it. This would be step number five.
Step number six would be, I wrote down - eat food. (Work from Home Tip Numer Six - Eat Food) I'm going to translate that because my head always goes down to, "You have to eat, you have to eat." A lot of times, as I get caught up in my workflow, I'm sure some of you who work from home regularly, we forget to eat. So number six for me, I'd say eat flute food as I'm translating this for the public (as they listen to this) and my audience.
I would say to create healthy habits. Eat your food. Eat healthy food when possible. Take these little breaks. Also, you need breaks in your workday, even though you're working from home and sometimes you were in your pajamas or whatever it is that is still not considered a break.
You need to break up your workday from home - walk around, stretch in between those hard workflows, that five-minute stretch, five-minute walk, walk outside into the sun. If you can stretch, eat your food, create healthy habits and it will benefit you. And it's those in-between moments of those breaks where the really great ideas come to me.
I look at those as the most important times in my life. It's those tiny in-between moments because that's what I'm recharging and putting charge to my batteries so that when I go back to work, I'm so creative and on fire. These things just come to me naturally. So I look at those breaks, those healthy habits and those in-between moments of quiet time as my recharge time. That's where actually all the magic is really neat for me at least.
What I'm trying to think of number seven? I would say number seven would be to connect. Sometimes at home, we forget that we're human and that there are other people out there outside of our houses and doors. That there is more to life than just looking at a screen.
So whatever that means to you, whether you know you may or may not have to live with a family or children or all of that, I would just encourage everyone. Even connecting with my team members, whether it be through zoom calls or phone calls, however that may look, the more human connection we can have is to our benefit.
So I encourage all of you, talk to the people in your houses. Have meaningful relationships with the people in your lives that you care about, and also with your teams. If you're running a business, your teams are there as well. They are human. Connecting with them is so vital to your business, your life and yourself. We just grow from these things.
For me, I'm so grateful to have the community that I have. Every day going into my Facebook group that we've created around my Fuse Hawaii swimwear brand. And now this podcast, I'm going to be able to engage with all of you more fully. This is exciting! In my Facebook group, we have over 50,000 women in it. I'm getting to know them more individually. I'm getting to see their likes, dislikes, what are they going through in their lives, and sharing stories.
In Hawaii, we call that "let's talk story". It's something really important for us as a culture, not only here in Hawaii, but worldwide as well. Here in Hawaii, we talk about stories a lot. It's a way that we share stories of our past and also just getting to know everybody on that deeply connected level.
It's part of the Aloha spirit that we maintain here on the islands. It's one of the reasons too that I started this podcast, is that I wanted to share pieces of that with you, with my audience as much as I could. And so “let's talk story”.
Number eight - I'd say to move your body into that probably goes in line with creating those healthy habits, but every day, move your body.
Sometimes, (I'll be honest with you) I feel guilty because I am not able to work out like I used to - two hours a day or going to the gym and having that rock hard body. It's like some days I can go for a walk, some days I can do some yoga, whatever it is. Whatever that looks for you, don't judge your story with someone else's story.
It is your life and your story. You are allowed to live it the way you need to live. For me, just a little bit of movement- walk, stretch, yoga. Just remember to move your bodies and that's how we get the blood flowing. That's how we get this creative energy to flow through us and allow us to just get excited, be happy and spread that everywhere. So that's how I look at movement in my life.
Number nine - at the close of your day. I would encourage you after you do these things - you come from a clean space, you get dressed, you have your morning routine, your schedules, you're moving your body, you're creating healthy habits, you're communicating with people and you connect.
I would now say tip number nine is to disconnect, to decompress, to enjoy your life, to enjoy the fruits of your labor. To turn off the screen. So shut down all of the electronic devices to come within yourself. So take a breath. Look back at what you've accomplished that day and enjoy your life and enjoy the people.
I hope that was helpful to you. It was helpful for me to go through my day as I've mentioned in the past, sometimes I'm not a systems person. So I don't know that I have a system behind what I'm doing. But thank you for being here listening to this and helping me also to put this down and see, "Hey! like you're doing some stuff so I can appreciate it. Wow! You are doing some things every day"
A lot of the time we don't give ourselves the credit. So thank you for allowing me to share this with you. Thank you for receiving this and I can't wait to hear your comments and your feedback on this episode if it was helpful for you. So, aloha dreamers, you have a nice day. Continuously refreshed in your homes, wherever you are right now and know that we are in this together.
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