Building a business from home can make you feel like you're constantly making choices. Choices like:
- Should I clean out the dishwasher or write this blog post?
- Should I throw the clothes in the dryer or finish this e-book?
- Should I just go to bed for once or finish this book?
It's not an all or nothing arrangement, but it can sometimes feel like it. We have to make choices and a lot of the times, when we choose our work, we feel GUILT. We feel selfish and we feel like we're neglecting everyone by sitting in front of the computer.
I don't feel guilty anymore. But, I used to. Here's why:
- I didn't have set hours
- I didn't have a structured plan
- I had no boundaries with what I was creating
By not setting my hours I was working like a mad woman. From the time I was let off from my full-time job I was in my office working away. I was only taking breaks for dinner with the family and kiddo "emergencies." My only trigger to stop working was bedtime. On weekends I did the same thing. I worked. All. Day.
What the heck was I working on? EVERYTHING! I was creating random content, hosting webinars, creating Facebook ads, networking, creating sales funnels, and a ton of other busy work. I had zero structure. If you asked me what I'm working on that week, I would have said, "everything!" Makes me cringe.
When I finally SET MY HOURS and started to really think strategically on what I wanted my business to do for me the next year...well that's when shit got serious and the light finally appeared.
It was such a relief to have a PLAN and to know exactly what I was going to focus on for a year. A year! That helped me zoom in and get into more detail about what I will do quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily.
So, now, when I get off work from my FT job I'll play with my daughter for a bit, clean up the kitchen, maybe call a family member for a quick chat, and then off to work I go. Let me tell you, this system has completely cleared my brain fog. I finally know EXACTLY what I have to do. If I get done early with what was on the agenda, great! I'll either move the next days up and get ahead or I'll just pat myself on the back, close the office door, and go enjoy my family.
Be sure to get the planning system that I've created to help you do just this!