There is nothing wrong with a grace period of enjoying your new found freedom, but there has to be a line drawn, a goal set where you rebuild your whole concept of how you should work.
You need to maintain all the discipline and structuring of your old job but instead deem yourself as the boss.
Imagine they made you the boss where you work now. Would you want productivity and all those things they want from you?
Sure, but eventually you will go into your position and just do it, you'd maintain the structure of discipline you had as a worker bee but now you have to step it up a notch to see the bigger picture and act on it.
Give yourself liberties but don't abuse it or you will end up with a back log of problems that will make you wish you were BACK working in the other world.
This is essentially caused by lack of discipline which causes your body to suffer, lack of exercise, lack of proper nutrition, lack of social stimulation and down you go.
You can recoup from this, but it's much easier to avoid this, so if you’re just entering this world take heed to this warning, discipline is not a choice, it's a necessity in working for yourself. It is the difference between earning millions and barely scraping by like you did at the job, all be it with more freedom but more misery comes due to the aforementioned other variables.
Working at home is an amazing opportunity to grow, to earn what your worth, to work more and make more, to work less and make more, much more.
If you don’t “respect” the boundaries of working at home and generate a comfortable but still strict routine that gives you a static work schedule that you can flex at will, you will crash like a house of cards in a windstorm.
Its fine to change your schedule when you need to, but having a schedule to go from is like having your house built on rock not sand. If you have no schedule, no discipline, you have nothing to ground you, nothing to bring you back to reality when things get overwhelming!
Nobody wants to work, not even if that work pays well, but we do it because there are consequences of not doing it. The good life is absolutely not free- it's earned. Granted working offline in your own business give you more freedom, but if you're not a disciplined person it may make things worse.
Laziness will infect your mental state, which will infect your physical state, which will yes, infect your mental state through your physical state. In short what will start out as confusion and frustration (lack of ground) will infect your physical state which will drain your brain and cause your mental state to ground in laziness which will infect your work ethic and in turn your paycheck and in turn your entire life.
Although it feels like a vacation at first you must realize that you’re still working, you’re just changing the limitations into opportunities when you work at home. You must keep yourself in optimal shape physically to maintain being at the top of your game mentally.
Exercise is essential, nutrition is essential, social interaction is essential, WATER is essential, and feeding your mental creativity through exercising your brain is essential as well.
Now that we understand the mind body connection, let’s discuss how to take care of the physical side of the equation.
One of the most abused parts of the work at home equation that kills mental stamina is the body. Neglecting the body can convert your die hard opportunity, success, and easy money career into a house of cards in the middle of a windy area with no walls. That bared repeating.
If you made the mistake thinking that just sitting at the computer doesn't require exercise your mistaken and you will discover just how much after about 4 months of working at home if you neglect the other areas.