So here you are, finally getting to do exactly what you thought you wanted to do. It’s what you planned for, what you thought would be so “convenient”…working from home! But for some strange reason you can’t get anything done. Everything else seems to be calling your name! I have found the answer to having a productive work day. In fact, this will absolutely SUPERCHARGE your work day, I promise!
There are dishes to be washed, meals to be cooked, and kids are screaming your name. How are you going to handle all of that PLUS run your business? If your home business is paying the bills, then you have no choice but to make it work!
Running a household while working from home can be done, it just takes some strategic planning to make it all come together and to actually feel like you have had a productive day.Running a household while working from home can be done...with strategic planning. Click To Tweet
Here are some tips that have helped me:
Start the day very early.
And before you say that you aren’t a morning person, well, guess what…I’m not either! Frankly, I’m exactly the opposite.
I am a “cradle night-owl.”
That means that since I was a young child, I have always stayed up late, I’ve never wanted to go to bed and I have to drag myself out of the bed in the morning. Every morning.
I hate getting up. I hate breakfast. Really, I just hate MORNINGS. I have to have coffee, and lots of it or my brain doesn’t function.
But a few years ago I had a BRILLIANT breakthrough that changed everything. Ready? If I go to bed earlier, I can get up earlier!! DUH. I started making myself do this, and after awhile, my body adjusted and now I can handle mornings a lot better.
So, go to bed earlier, get up earlier. Makes for a much more productive day.BRILLIANT breakthrough: If I go to bed earlier, I can get up earlier!! DUH. Click To Tweet
Accept that you have a REAL JOB.
If you expect everybody to take your job seriously, YOU have to do it first. Every day, act as though you are going in to an office to work. Get up, get ready, put on your makeup (see..I’m pretending that I’m going to work in an office. Ha!) Then have breakfast with your family, send them on their way, and GET TO WORK!
If you have small children, you might consider having someone come in to tend to them while you work. If you don’t have access to a free friend or family member, hire a sitter. The sitter’s job should be to take care of the children just as she would if you weren’t home. Let her know that you are not to be disturbed except in an emergency.If you expect everybody else to take your work-at-home job seriously, YOU have to do it first. Click To Tweet
Minimize distractions so that you can be productive.
Let everybody know that when you are working, you are WORKING. If you take it seriously, they will take it seriously, too.
Minimize distractions. I put my phone on “Do Not Disturb” and allow only calls from those on my Favorites list, which are my children and other family members. All other calls I return in the afternoon when I have finished working.
Social media and email also distract me. I do not allow myself to go onto my personal Facebook page during work hours but schedule that for the afternoon when I am free.
I do check my business email first thing in the morning and again in the afternoon. Everything else is scheduled on my daily planning sheet.
Have a daily plan.
Every night before I go to bed, I make a plan for the next day. I plan what I am going to do HOURLY and I write it down in my planner. For example, from 5:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., get up, get showered and dressed, fix breakfast for the family, straighten up the kitchen. Then start work at 7:30.
Set a certain time to work.
I try to work from 7:30 a.m. until lunchtime, take a break for lunch and housekeeping necessities, then back to work mid-afternoon. I finish up the afternoon block of work with checking emails, commenting on blogs, checking link party schedules. Then it’s off to get ready for the evening which is cooking supper and doing final straightening up of the house. Of course, this is just my general schedule. Some days I have to spend the afternoon doing household chores rather than going back to work in my “office.”
Have a designated work space.
Have a place in your home that you can call your office or your work space. Claim it as your own and make it as comfortable as possible with everything that you need to be productive.
I find that I accomplish more if I can be in a slightly secluded area in my house. In other words, I don’t get as much done if I am in the middle of the family room sitting on the couch than I do if I am at my desk in the guest room which doubles as my office.
To sum it all up, successfully working from home is a goal that can be reached. Your plan doesn’t have to be set in stone, but you do need to have a plan. Keep what works, get rid of what doesn’t. Find the balance that works for you. Remember, you ARE the boss!