Working for yourself, on your own terms, from the comfort of your home can be absolute bliss and a blessing. BUT the blessing can quickly turn into a recipe for disaster without structure, focus and the discipline required to avoid distraction.
Each day working on your business will differ. Some days will be super productive and others may be spent in pj’s, in bed with your laptop not getting much done at all.
I’m a huge believer in what I call ‘learning yourself’. Everyone is different and the only way you can truly get to know what works for you is through the process of trial and error.
Believe me, I know what it’s like to have to be disciplined enough to work on a side hustle after work and what it’s like to be fully self-employed, with no one to tell you what to do feeling like a kid in a candy store.
Here are a few things that have helped me … depending on what type of person you are they may help you too
Having A Workspace Is Important
You may love working from your couch or while you’re snuggled up in bed. But working in a space not designated for work can actually backfire. Create a workspace, free from distractions.
There should be no tv where you can work minus any home-y distractions – the sound of the TV, the smell from the kitchen, even the kids playing in the living room. You may be itching to get up and check out what’s happening, but just for those few hours in a day, make sure no other distractions come in your way. Stay away from your bedroom and the kitchen, watch your fav shows on netflix later, and hire a nanny to look after the kids while you’re working. Unless there is an emergency (God forbid), don’t get up from your workplace even though you’re at home.
Create A Schedule
It doesn’t have to be anything rigid or super restrictive, unless of course you like it that way. But knowing how you’ll spend your day, what you’ll be doing and keeping track of any meetings you may have is always a good idea.
Marie Forleo says if it’s not scheduled, it’s not real.
A List A Day Keeps The Stress Away
Every night, write down all the things you need to-get-done and then prioritize your list. I break my list up into three parts.
- Things that will make me money (income generating tasks)
- Things I can do quickly (in 10 minutes or less)
- Everything else
I’ve tried many ways to encourage myself to be more productive than not but creating lists and user a timer to get the tasks on my list down is hands down the best method I’ve come across.
What happens to the tasks you haven’t completed you ask … well you add them to the new list you’ll create that night before you retire.
Limit Social Media
I know the itch to check your Facebook feed or how many hearts you’ve received on your last instagram post is real but you have to do your best not to succumb to temptation.
When you sit down to get some work done log out of Facebook all together otherwise the constant notification will lure you back in. Try putting your phone on airplane mode
It’s amazing how much time can be wasted while on social media. It’s a necessary evil these days but should be used with intention to yield a specific result. Leisure surfing is ok from time to time but too much of anything is never ever good.
Work from Home, But Don’t Stay at Home all the time
Nothing can be more of a deal breaker. Staying in and working all the time can take toll on your productivity and sanity. When you feel blue, stash that laptop in your bag and go out for a walk, and maybe write something new or send out a few emails from the park, the library, or your favorite cafe across the street while sipping on a cuppa. Go out and meet people, whether for work or just for fun. Chill. Relax. Party. Some ‘me-time’ out of your usual routine will lift your spirits and make you all charged up and excited for work next morning!
Say No Sometimes
No matter how much you’re tempted by all the seemingly amazing opportunities that come your way, remember you are one person and you can’t do it all.