Last week I taught a workshop on how to make money blogging. As the evening progressed, I realized that a workshop on how to work from home may also be helpful.
I’ve been working from home since 1987. And I have six kids. And I homeschool. And I have a life. Working from home meant learning self-discipline in a way I was never required in a job with a both breathing down my neck.
Aside from all the bureaucratic hoops to jump through, recognize that making your business work requires you to make yourself work. Here are some of the main distractions people tell me keep them from getting their (home) work done and a few ways to avoid them.
FaceBook – Grow up. You can refrain from updating your status until after your work is done. Tell yourself the same thing you’d tell your teenage daughter who was posting on FaceBook when their homework was left undone.
The refrigerator – Eat a substantial, healthy breakfast with protein and enough fat to get your through without starving. Take a short snack break a couple of hours later. And stay away from the sugar. Those blood sugar spikes and drops wreak havoc with the best-laid work plans.
Email – Set a time after lunch when you check your email for the first time. Then give yourself three hours before you do it again. Can’t wait until noon because of expected urgent information? Check it before your scheduled work time (maybe while sipping your cocoa) and then not again until after lunch.
Television – If you’re not dedicated enough to turn off the tube, no one else is going to convince you. Long term, what is going to serve your goals, business success or another episode of Mad Men? (If it’s the latter, close your browser and plop yourself in the easy chair. You’re wasting your time reading.)
A poker game or other online gambling — Seriously? Quit the nasty habit. You’ll be much more affluent in the long run.
Home business has so many benefits. But they only materialize if you have the will to prioritize your business — in spite of the distractions.