Welcome…I’m so glad you stopped by.
I have created a life that I love and I want the same for you! If you want to be successful while working from home, I have some great tips to get you started.
1. Know Your Why
I didn’t truly understand the importance of this concept when I first started my business but I have come to embrace it and fully believe it is critical to your success. Think about going to the gym (or passing on that brownie). You most likely won’t ever feel like doing it…making good choices are hard!…but if you know your WHY behind the choices, it’s a lot easier to choose wisely. For instance, if you know that you are passing on the brownie (or choosing to exercise) because your high school reunion is coming up or you have a beach trip planned, the “good” decisions are easier to make.
The same is true for your business. If you know WHY you are doing your biz, then it’s easier to carve the time out of your schedule to do the important activities because now you have a reason that matters to you! A simple way to start understanding your why is to ask yourself WHY in 3 steps. Why are you wanting to do this business? Why is that important? And, then, ask yourself why that answer was important. The initial answer is usually a canned answer but as you dig a little deeper you might uncover a more passionate and meaningful why!
Develop your why…find it, cultivate it and let it lead you!
2. Get a Jump Start on the Day
Another tough one but I have come to love my morning “me” time. As the mom of 4, having some protected time that’s just for me has allowed me to start my day with purpose…with a calm and focused mind.
Here is my current morning routine:
- Lose the Snooze – The snooze button is actually counter-productive and can set your day off on the wrong foot. Set your alarm early enough to allow a minimum of 30 minutes of quiet time before your family will wake up, the dogs need a walk, or you must get ready for your “outside” job. BUT…
- Don’t Look at Your Phone or Electronics or you risk de-railing your own day! I know my stress level goes straight up and I enter “fire fighting” mode the second I look at my phone and suddenly everyone else’s priorities and fires become mine to solve. LEARN TO ENJOY THIS QUIET TIME WHERE YOU CAN FOCUS ON YOU!
- Get dressed and Let your mind wander – this is hard at first but I’ve come to love the quiet time without the phone. I will shower/get dressed and refuse to look at my phone until my “me time” is over. It’s very refreshing and empowering.
- 3Ms – Music/Meditation/Movement – I vary this part depending on the day. I love to listen to relaxing music while I do some light stretching to get my body engaged. The songs vary but are always a relaxing or uplifting tune. I’ve started a morning meditation series where I am learning to meditate. This is a non-negotiable for me for the next 2 months! Then, I will reevaluate and see what changes I need to make.
- Journaling – I use the journaling time as a “brain dump”. Anything goes. I write down anything that comes to mind that I need to accomplish or any great idea that pops into my head. Sometimes I write about my hopes and dreams and other times I focus on planning dinner.
- Spend at least 15-30 minutes working on a project important to your happiness/success. I usually end my morning routine with this step. I use this time to write articles for my blog or to chip away at an unfinished project around the house. Sometimes I will identify the 2-3 top items that need to be completed that day and will use this time to get a jump start on my day.
Define your Non Negotiables
These are the things that MUST happen (like showing up at your job). Everyone’s non negotiables are different and only you can decide what’s on your list. I hope you make sure that YOU are on the list. Some people must have coffee. It’s just a non negotiable for them. Others must have a hot bath with a glass of wine. Maybe for you, it’s exercise. Make a promise to yourself that you will keep the promises you make to yourself. Find some uninterrupted time for working your “home based” business. Even if you have to leave home to do it. This should also be a non-negotiable. I find that my priorities often get pushed down on the list when others need me. Once I made my working hours non-negotiable, and I turned off the “rings and dings” on my cell phone and computer, my productivity has soared. I don’t know about you, but I have never received a text so urgent that waiting 15-30 minutes would make a difference. It feels urgent, but once you get used to not responding, it’s very empowering!
Define your “work hours” AND use the nooks and crannies, too!
You do not have to have large chunks of time to be successful at a home based business BUT you must be intentional with your time. Do the hard things first! Seriously, whatever you are putting off isn’t as bad as you think! Channel your WHY and just do that thing you are avoiding. You will feel better! If you’ve blocked 1 hour to work your business, make sure you spend the majority of that time on INCOME PRODUCING ACTIVITIES. Scrolling through social media or organizing your sock drawer are NOT going to help you reach your goals. Busy =/ (does not equal) Productive. Having said that you also need to know that your “work” will expand to fill the time you allot for it so don’t waste 2 hours on something that can be completed in 30 minutes AND don’t overlook the “nooks and cranny” times that you could utilize. Sitting in the pick up line at school might be a great time to add to your list or send a few messages. When you’re running errands, or on the treadmill, pop on a training call. But, have a “hard stop” time when you absolutely will not work (another non negotiable!). Put down your phone. Close your office door. Enjoy your family. Don’t sacrifice your “why” for the “why”! The work will be there tomorrow.
PLAN PLAN and PLAN AGAIN
Sunday evenings are the day that I spend time planning my week. If I have a plan, I can work the plan. If I don’t have a plan, I tend to wander aimlessly through my week and that’s not going to make anyone successful! I identify the “big items” that need to get done that will make the biggest impact in my business. I set goals. I set mini goals to get me to the bigger goals. I often share these goals with my team so they can adopt some of my strategies for that week.
I promise you that you have everything you need to be your best self and to build the life of your dreams! I believe in you! Now go and DO IT!