Often times, through our working lives, we get busy – too busy to stop sometimes and wonder why is it that we do what we do?
This approach when trying to make the shift to working from home simply doesn’t work.
Yes, have a sense of urgency. Work hard. Do good work and enjoy what your doing. But don’t ever, ever become a slave to it. You are now a master of your own time.
When you realise that for many years you were so focused on achieving outcomes for others and meeting budgets, goals and weekly or monthly targets, it’s not unlikely that through that process you became used to living this way and moreover feeling like you were expected to live that way.
Time is the only thing that ultimately does not change. We all have the same amount of it. We can’t make it go any faster or slower – sure it can feel that way, but in a measurable sense, there is nothing quite so defining as time.
So now working at home, you have no one to report to other than yourself – that’s going to feel kind of weird for a time… So, what you do with your time is entirely up to you.
Myself, I learnt the lesson the hard way by beavering away learning, trying, failing, trying again, learn something else etc etc for way over a year before I realised – hang on – I’m the boss, why am I working more hours now than when I was on a salary?
Now my approach is a lot different – having been an intergral part of MS Outlook (and whatever it’s predessor was!) for well over ten years, my days were highly structured. 8.30-9.00 – 12.30-13.30 – etc etc blocks of time allocated to specific tasks. Bugger that.
Now I have streams.
I do “streams” of activity when I’m in the mood and have the right energy that works best for that activity.
Moreover, I divide my life into three simple “sections” if you like.
- Things I must do.
- Things I should do.
- Things I could do.
On my “Must Do” list for instance (and I like to keep each list in itself simple with only usually no more than six things) I have items such as “Exercise every day”, “Eat Well” and only 4 other things that I know are key to my success.
I’m big on health and self preservation balanced with good time, fun and risk!
Your list should contain the things that you know at your very core – you need to be doing to be your best, whatever those things are to you.
Things on the Should Do list include the projects that I am currently working on – of which I have 5 currently, 4 of which are projects to help others build significant online businesses and creating financial freedom for others. Stuff that really does need to get done and hence has the majority of my working time, when I am working.
Things I Could Do – is where I list my ideas, future projects, things I do need to research, understand, read more about and basically do due diligence on. This way I can do them, and do so guilt free, but dedicate a smaller amount of time to them- I usually due this stuff in the evenings (instead of TV – and maybe whilst enjoying a really nice glass of red 🙂 )
By maintaining a very simple approach I’m able to enjoy daylight hours in balancing a good amount of focused outcome orientated time and activity but then give myself time throughout the day also. Time to exercise, time to cook for the family, time to enjoy the garden.
Time is a wonderful when used well.
I trust parts of this article may be of use to someone out there, I’ve been running my own businesses for nearly twenty years now so I’m really very happy to share what I’ve learnt across my journey and if it helps just one person to not make some of the mistakes I made, I’ll be really happy.
Keen to hear from people also if they’d like more advice about changing your mindset and physical approach to operating a successful home or online business – feel free to get my email from my profile, I’d love to hear from you!