15 Ways to Energize Your Work Life

15 Ways to Energize Your Work Life

Use the following tips and advice to create a more well-rounded life. Working from home affords you the luxury of taking longer breaks, creating a unique home life and fulfilling your desires related to every part of your life while running a successful business. Your life goal should be to have a prosperous life, and although this can mean financial prosperity, it more importantly points to prosperity in all areas of your life that will result in an increase in your enthusiasm for your business. Strive for balance and creating harmony between work and life. The following tips focus on creating balance in your life that will directly influence your business.

Always be learning and growing

Always have a book on the go. Reading is a vital component to self-development, which you should be making time for on a regular basis. This is to enrich both your personal development and your professional development. Just making time to fit 15 minutes of reading in will benefit you greatly in all areas of your life, which will directly result in better results in your business.
Schedule your time for business matters and don’t let it impose on your personal time.

Don’t let all the “to dos” get in the way of your personal life. Working from home can end up with some people working all the time, which sort of defeats the purpose of being self-employed. Make that schedule for business tasks and work within that schedule. There can be the occasional exceptions of course, but when you find that you’re not sticking to the flexible schedule that you had created, you either need to re-think your time or be more disciplined in your approach to working time.

Don’t aim to please everyone

Be clear on what your motives and intentions are and don’t let someone else’s opinion sway your informed decision. This relates to people in your personal life and in your business. Whether it’s customers that want more time from you or quicker responses, or a spouse that feels your online pursuits are taking up too much time or doesn’t understand your passion, don’t let the opinions of others change your business process when you know that’s what you want. Don’t be completely close-minded either. Hear people out and consider their opinion, then stand up for what you feel is right.

Share your work schedule with your family

Posting a print out of your weekly schedule on the fridge, office door or other visible area will let your family members know when you have planned to work and even what kind of work you’ll be doing. This helps to avoid someone in your house planning something that requires or requests your involvement during your work hours and allows you to share a bit of your business life with your family.

Discuss your business challenges and accomplishments with family and friends

Have one or two people that you can regularly talk to about what’s happening with your business. Especially when you’re first starting out, it can be discouraging to feel like you don’t have anyone to share the achievements and the frustrations with. Even though you can connect with many other people online in the same situation as you (which you should do) it’s much more effective to get to vent and share with someone you already have an established relationship with.

Take at least a 15 minute break every 2 hours of work

When you’re mainly focusing on your computer screen, you can get fatigued much more quickly than if you are moving around. After sitting at your computer for 2 hours, get up and get a drink, have a stretch, take a walk, anything that gets you on your feet and not staring at a screen. You’ll find yourself more focused and refreshed after a short break.

Use the freedom of your work-from-home lifestyle to have breaks that take you outside your house

If you’re working a number of hours in your home business then take breaks where you can possibly do some personal errands or leave the house for an hour or two to take in some physical activity or meet up with someone. Shifting your focus for a longer length of time and creating a day that is filled with a variety of activities provides a greater feeling of satisfaction with your day, as you’ve been able to give attention to several areas of your life.

Take a reading break

If you haven’t made the time in any other part of your day to devote to your personal growth through reading then take a reading break. Find yourself a comfortable spot to lounge in, go outside if possible or just locate yourself in a different spot than where you were working. It’s good to get a change of scenery and fit in the always important element of learning.

Use your work break to give attention to the other areas of your life

The most effective kind of break to take is a break that has you giving attention to some other areas of your life. Using your time wisely in this way will create a more productive life and not just center on a more productive work life. As the points above described more specific things you can do with your essential break, it is important to keep in mind that making your work break a short and sweet time to see family or a lengthy outing to experience various other things is an integral aspect to creating a balanced life that will have a direct result on the productivity in your business.

Be nutritionally conscious

Eating right is essential on so many levels, but you will find you are so much more motivated and productive if you’re feeding your body the right kind of fuel. Get educated on what the best diet is for you and eat a variety of foods that are providing your body with the appropriate nutrients that it needs to function at an optimum level. Try to eat with the focus that food is for the proper functioning of your body and not just for your taste buds. Of course, moderation is the key and having little treats now and then is acceptable, but make the majority of meals and snacks about providing your body the right fuel.

Engage in fun and rejuvenating physical activity

Physical activity is a great energizer and provides your whole body with overall feeling of satisfaction. Although any type of exercise is beneficial, it is an added bonus when you can get some exercise while having fun and possibly spending some quality time with family or friends. A few examples of this type of invigorating exercise is biking, brisk walking, playing sports, skipping, jumping on a trampoline and rock climbing – just to name a few of your options. Even if you just take a regular trip to the gym and give your body a workout, you’ll reap the rewards of physical activity. The overall point here is that exercise can and should be integrated into your life and it doesn’t have to be some rigorous workout in the gym. There’s a whole world of possibilities.

Nourish your spiritual side

You are a spiritual being that needs to regularly nourish that aspect of yourself. If you don’t feel drawn to an organized faith or religion, just be connected to the spiritual nourishment of nature. Realize that there is more to life than just what you see and think about and take time every day to become aware of your inner spirit through mediation, communing with nature, or learning about various spiritual aspects of humanity.

Make time for face-to-face socialization

Get connected face-to-face with people in all aspects of your life, whether they be family, friends, business associates or casual acquaintances. Try to make brief encounters and lengthy visits a chance to really connect with someone and not just a passing of time. You never know what may come of a conversation where you are truly in the moment and making the most of your time with someone.

Schedule in time to nurture the most important relationships

Just being around your spouse or your children, or any other vital people in your life, isn’t going to be an effective way to value that relationship. You have to spend quality time with the people you love and this is easily left out if you’re not aware of the lack of connection you may have. If you find you’re not connecting with those special people in your life on an intimate level then schedule in a weekly ‘date’ where you spend time with one another and get a chance to openly talk.

Be an ongoing source of inspiration for others

Being an encouragement to other people to have great aspirations, be persistent in achieving their goals and be open to new opportunities creates a greater sense of ownership in all you are planning to achieve in your business and personal life. Keep the momentum by reaching out to other people that you know personally and that you connect with through online sources. When you are constantly inspiring others you will be building a habit of determination and success that will lead you to living your life to its fullest potential.

How I Use OneNote and Evernote to Stay Organized

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I have learned how to do lots of things over the years, and have hobbies that come and go. It’s possible that I am a bit ADD. I get distracted by some cool new thing to try, then learn all that I can learn till the next thing comes along. I do come back to old skills and hobbies, though, so I like to save instructions and memories. Whenever I learn a new skill, I keep track of how to do things in Evernote and Microsoft’s OneNote. The programs are similar enough that I could use just one for everything, but I love them both. I use them together and separately to schedule my days, write out step-by-step processes, store ideas, and more.

I love OneNote

I use Microsoft OneNote for: planning, ideas, daily journaling, how-to instructions, and info about the websites I run. I use the desktop version most of the time to take screen shots and scan old notes from when I used to use paper. I also use it as a digital scrapbook to directly scan programs from concerts I played in, and keep other memories. When I travel, I use a tablet or my phone and a small keyboard to write in my daily journal. Here’s a link to the program: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/onenote/9wzdncrfhvjl (May open a pop up window).

I love Evernote

I use Evernote for: my daily schedule (every day is different when you’re a freelancer, but I like to have structure), step-by-step processes for complicated repeating projects, check lists, my goals, and trip planning. It’s easy to check things off with my phone when I’m out and about. Here’s a link to the program: https://evernote.com/.


OneNote notes are easy to format by using familiar Word commands. Words after periods and I are automatically capitalized. Tables look great. You can choose which notebooks to sync to different devices. It has macro capabilities through a plugin called Onetastic. And OneNote has limited but useful integration with your other Microsoft Office products.

Evernote is very simple to use. You can save searches in the sidebar to make things easier to find. Checklists are very easy to set up and use.


Both OneNote and Evernote are available from anywhere. You can install them on your desktop computer, laptop, phone and tablet. Both sync with the cloud, so as long as your device is synced, you can access all your information no matter where you are.

They are actually freeform databases, so the programs run pretty fast and efficiently.

Both programs are great for online research using web clipping.

You can find anything in your notebooks by searching, so there is no need to try to remember where you put something. Both programs are fast and accurate when you search.

Both have multimedia support. You can record or insert audio, insert video, or use a finger or mouse to draw inside a note.

Both programs provide easy ways to make internal links between notebooks and notes.

Both are backed up to the cloud by default; I feel that my information is safe because both programs have been around for a long time. And I use strong passwords for each.


Whether you choose to use Evernote or OneNote, you will be happy. You can set up notebooks like file cabinets, or like binders with tabs, or like random pieces of paper. Both of mine are jam-packed full of information, and I open them both almost every day.

In the coming months I’ll show you how I use each program.

RV Dreaming


I want to live in an RV while traveling around the United States, while publishing more books and photos so that I can support myself. I have been working on this goal for about 7 years, but I keep getting waylaid by obstacles. I used to think it would be great to do it full time and year round. Now I want to live in Arizona from October to June and go north during the hot months. I want to be a snowbird!

Inspiration for this wild idea

I took a long road trip by myself in 2009. I drove to Ohio from Arizona, and took 10 days to get there instead of the usual rushed 3 or 4. (It’s 2000 miles). I spent 2 days at a conference, took state highways most of the way, and went to one or two botanical gardens each day. I took thousands of photographs and put them up on stock photo websites to sell. I made back some of the cost of the trip with stock photo sales. The things I didn’t enjoy about the trip was hauling my stuff in and out of hotels every day, and having to eat at restaurants too often. Though most of the hotels were nice, a few were very dodgy. I’ve made several rushed trips back and forth to Ohio, and I’m still wishing I had an RV to travel, eat and sleep in. The last two trips I left my car out in the sun for a day before unpacking it for fear of bedbugs.

Role models for this dream.

My bass teacher at The Ohio State University, Theron McClure, traveled around the country with his wife in an RV after he retired in the 1980s. Here’s a link to a book by Andy Kohn. http://www.isbstore.com/the-collected-writings-of-theron-mcclure-by-andrew-kohn.html

Some time ago I discovered Linda Claire Puig and Natalie Sisson (The Suitcase Entrepreneur), two ladies who make a good living while traveling.

There are several online forums about RVs. Here are two forums with great information about living in an RV: the very active IRV2 Forum, and the somewhat active RV.net Forum.

I don’t want to wait until I retire to travel.



I haven’t been posting to this blog at all for over a year. This is why posting doesn’t happen: I am a freelancer with several different things to focus on each day. Lately, I have been playing the bass and teaching private lessons, traveling to Flagstaff and Tucson to play the bass, publishing journals and vintage patterns (at http://claudiabotterweg.com), building websites, and clearing away the extra stuff in my house by selling it on eBay (beads at https://www.ebay.com/sch/cbottbeads/m.html?_trksid=p3692, and miscellaneous stuff I’m done with at https://www.ebay.com/sch/basslady2/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=).

Some people advocate choosing a word to define your goals for the year, so I chose Consistency as my word for 2018.

To help me stay consistent, I made a detailed schedule for my days in Evernote (https://evernote.com). Since I enjoy writing, but don’t have lots of time for it, I inserted writing time into my schedule for first thing in the morning. I write in a personal journal for 7 minutes every morning. I can get 250 to 350 words written in 7 minutes. (It’s easier to get words on the page when you are half asleep and just let things flow.) I keep the journal in OneNote (https://www.onenote.com/download). I added 15 minutes of writing for this website, which I will do right after writing in my personal journal. By keeping to the schedule, I should have something ready to publish every week or so.

I have been using this blog to share my photographs and hobbies. I’m going to add reviews of courses that I take, I’ll share some of the ways I use software, and write about other things that interest me.