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The Challenges of working from home

Working from home is both rewarding and challenging. It’s awesome to be able to take my kids out during the day when they’re off school. But it can also be challenging to concentrate on work when they’re off school for extended periods like during spring break, or summer vacation.

One of my biggest realizations in transitioning from a traditional 9-5 schedule to an online business is that my work hours don’t have to be set in stone. I can choose to work when I can be most productive. After all, it’s the quality of the work and the results it brings that count.


I no longer struggle with feeling like I need to be working every minute during “normal” business hours, and I’ve found that when the kids are home, it’s very difficult to focus for an extended period of time without interruption. Rather than fight this, I’ve chosen to embrace it and make it work for me.


In fact, I work fewer hours now in my business than ever.   The difference is that I get to choose what I want to work on, and when I do it. This might sound trivial, but it makes a huge difference. Have you ever lost track of time when you’re focused on something you really enjoy?   It doesn’t feel like work, does it? And I’ll bet you get a lot more accomplished and walk away feeling satisfied afterwards? I know I do, which is why I don’t mind putting in the extra hours. I fit the work into my schedule, instead of scheduling around my work. Freedom is a great motivator!


As the saying goes, we have to “know thyself”. This is especially important when you’re working alone. You have to figure out the times you’re most productive and prioritize your tasks for the day. Personally, I like to get up early, around 5am, before the kids are awake and get started on my day. I also work while my kids are at school and my wife is at work, which gives me an uninterrupted 6 hours per day during the week.

6 Minute Miracle Morning


One thing I do is my own version of something called The 6 Minute Miracle Morning. There’s a guy by the name of Hal Elrod who created this routine. He has a pretty amazing story, which you can read about here. The short version is that he was involved in a head on collision and found dead on the scene. He was clinically dead for six minutes, and then in a coma for six days with 11 broken bones! Doctors told him that he may never walk again. Despite this, he chose to fight and made a full recovery.

 The first thing I do before any of this is hydrate with a tall glass of water.

Minute One… (Silence)

Imagine waking up in the morning, and instead of rushing carelessly into your hectic day—feeling stressed and overwhelmed—imagine that you instead spend the first minute sitting in purposeful Silence. You sit, very calm, very peaceful, and you breathe deeply, slowly. Maybe you say a prayer of gratitude to appreciate the moment, or pray for guidance on your journey. Maybe, you decide to try your first minute of meditation. As you sit in silence, you’re totally present in the now, in the moment. You calm your mind, relax your body, and allow all of your stress to melt away. You develop a deeper sense of peace, purpose, and direction…

Minute Two… (Affirmations)

You pull out your daily Affirmations—the ones that remind you of your unlimited potential and your most important priorities—and you read them out loud from top to bottom. As you focus on what’s most important to you, your level of internal motivation increases. Reading over the reminders of how capable you really are, gives you a feeling of confidence. Looking over what you’re committed to, what your purpose is, and what your goals are re-energizes you to take the actions necessary to live the life you truly want, deserve, and now know is possible for you…

Minute Three… (Visualization)

You close your eyes, or you look at your vision board, and you visualize. Your Visualization could include your goals, what it will look and feel like when you reach them. You visualize the day going perfectly, see yourself enjoying your work, smiling and laughing with your family, or your significant other, and easily accomplishing all that you intend to accomplish for that day. You see what it will look like, you feel what it will feel like, and you experience the joy of what you will create…

Minute Four… (Scribing)

Imagine, pull out your journal, and in your journal, you take a minute to right down what you’re grateful for, what you’re proud, and the results you’re committed to creating for that day. Doing so, you put yourself in an empowered, an inspired, and confident state of mind.

Minute Five… (Reading)

Then, you grab your self-help book and invest one miraculous minute reading a page or two. You learn a new idea, something that you can implement into your day. You discover something new that you can use to feel better—to be better.

Minute Six… (Exercise)

Finally, you stand up and you spend the last minute, doing jumping jacks for 60 seconds and getting your heart rate up and getting energized and waking yourself up and increasing your ability to be alert and to focus.

I hope this post inspired you as to what’s possible when working from home? If you’d like to start your own Amazon business, or take your part-time FBA business full time, My Seller Academy teaches you how to get there.

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