Happy New Year! As I take stock of the past year but mostly set goals for the current one, I’ve been observing my cat’s various and fascinating behaviors. It’s probably because I left her with a sitter for two weeks over the holidays and we both missed each other very much!
But anyway, my observations prompted me to write a second kitty-themed post since my first one was so much fun. So, here are the top 10 things my sweet Gemma (aka Little Jerk, or LJ) can teach us all about freelancing and working from home, with my translation into “hooman.”
1. Take Naps
Or find your equivalent, such as a daily meditative or relaxation practice or just some downtime away from your workspace. And make sure you get plenty of sleep.
Do some yoga, core exercises, or basic muscle stretches to keep limber and prevent the shortening of hip flexor muscles (which happens when you sit at a desk all day).
3. Look Out the Window
Look far into the distance to prevent eye strain. Do this several times a day.
4. Watch the Squirrels (or Lizards)
When you’re looking out the window, notice the physical world and appreciate all its wonders. Practice mindfulness techniques to get out of your head and reduce stress.
5. Mix Up Your Seating Positions
Change up your office ergonomics by trying a standing desk, sitting on a bean bag chair for a bit, or walking away from time to time.
Be ready to grab opportunities when they come. Answer potential client emails immediately, and reach out for the work you want.
7. Play for Play’s Sake
Scatter toys all around you. I recently discovered the wonders of pop-its and spinners from my, ahem, 49-year-old older brother (father of six and grandfather of four, I might add).
8. Snuggle With Soft Squishy Things
Get a textured blanket and satiny pillows and even something to squeeze gently when stressed. My nine-year-old niece introduced me to squishmallows (I now have a pineapple, sloth, and unicorn—all in colors that match my décor, of course).
9. Be Careful You Don’t Get Bit
Watch out for red flags and potentially difficult clients. Don’t take work you hate and don’t agree to hours that suck away your life force.
10. Seek Out the Sun
Find what makes you happy, and then soak it all in and relax.
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