I’ve said it before, I love, love, love being able to work from home. My daily commute is approximately 30 seconds from bed to office space and it gives me flexibility to spend the day getting my work done, but also getting home things done such as the washing (and my God, don’t I have a lot of it – never thought 2 young boys could get through so many clothes!).
However, I have learnt that I need to be so disciplined to ensure that I do get my work done. I have met and coached so many people in a similar situation to myself (Mum’s working from home) who really struggle with this. They start the day with good intentions, take the kids to school and believe that when they get home they will get stuck into their work. When they get back home, they decide that they can’t possibly start the day without having a coffee; oh, and the washing needs doing; and didn’t they need to bake a cake for the school cake sale…and isn’t Home Under The Hammer starting shortly??? Distraction after distraction, meaning that the actual work doesn’t get done.
Now I am not saying that you should leave the washing to pile up: I couldn’t live like that myself (yes, I have control issues – you don’t need to tell me). But sometimes you need to remind yourself that if you want to have a successful business – that is, one that can earn you some actual money, you need to stay focused. I always like to remind myself, that if I was employed to do this job, would my employer be happy with my performance? If the answer is ‘No’, you need to stop faffing, and get on with it!
My way of doing this is to treat my business like a job – because of course, it is! I set out what my goals and objectives are and then I develop a project plan setting out the actions and milestones that I need to take to get there. That means that every single month, week and day I know exactly what I need to be doing.
So now when I get up, I take my children to school, put the washing on, make a cup of coffee (it might sound like faffing but I really can’t get going without at least one cup of coffee in the morning), get my project plan out and plan my day (this might be a combination of tasks from my plan and meetings with clients). This means I am clear about what I need to do at every point of the day and I can get on with the tasks in hand. There is also nothing more satisfying than crossing off items on my lovely ‘to-do’ list!