Whether you work remotely for a few days a week or you own your own business and work from home almost every waking hour, there are times you need to re-evaluate the way you work. Now, this doesn't mean to say that how you work is wrong, it just means that change is a good thing and drawing on the advice and experience of others can prove incredibly valuable when you find yourself stuck in a rut or in need of some inspiration.
Of course, the downside is that there is so much out there in terms of work, office and productivity advice and what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another. This is where you have to think about your personal goals and preferences, in order to get a clear idea on where you are and where you want to go. Once you know what you want you can think which of the people you admire can actually help; who of your business heroes faced and overcame the same challenges as you face? Who pioneered in your industry? What can you learn from them?
This process will take some time but it is worth it. To help get you started we have compiled this list of the three best philosophies for home office workers, courtesy of the Jedi Grand Master himself, Yoda.
If ever you wonder who to draw inspiration from, the Jedi are a good start and Yoda is the greatest Jedi mind of all. His wisdom, though unconventionally phrased, is infallible and can be applied to any situation; be it fighting the Sith Lords or prioritising your workload.
Do. Or do not. There is no try.
This is one of Yoda's most famous quotes. Like Luke, we all need to learn that saying we will ‘try' only serves to qualify us for failing. You either do something or you don't; if you do it and it doesn't work out the way you wanted, it doesn't matter because you ‘did' instead of ‘tried'.
Judge me by my size, do you?
Size doesn't actually matter. Yoda was small but he was mighty. That's actually a common theme throughout history and one that should be more central to the mindset of small businesses and self-employed individuals. Just because you are small, doesn't mean you can't think big. Don't let yourself be judged by others (or limited by yourself) because of your size. Show the world that you're just as mighty as anyone else out there.
[Luke]: I don't believe. [Yoda]: That is why you fail.
Yoda does not mince his words. Luke is failing because he is limiting himself mentally and physically. Yoda is clear that the only reason Luke Skywalker is failing in his Jedi training is because he won't allow himself to believe. Don't limit yourself in the same way Luke does. Choose to believe in everything you do and believe great things will come from it. No matter how tough times are, when you truly believe in yourself and your work, you will succeed - self-belief is the ultimate motivator!
Of course, Yoda is just one of the great minds out there but his philosophies are sound for both Jedi and non-Jedi alike. Whether you choose to be more organised and set up your home office desk accordingly or you decide to take a different approach to the day's challenges, try to keep Yoda's gems in mind.