Being self employed is AMAZING!
Working from home is OUTSTANDING!
Juggling home life… a relationship… and a job… not always fabulous!
I have a top 3 little list that I stick to, which has helped me through the past 8 years of self employment FROM HOME…
plus stay focused, creative and healthy… and keeps my family from running away, or kicking me out!
Just like the song says… “Working 9-5!“… we need hours too. I think the #1 problem for us work at home people is hours… its hard to keep to a schedule, when there are constant distractions (children, the phone, door bell, pets, etc). Unlike an office job, we don’t leave the house… and along with that come many distractions. I admit, its soooo hard to stay focu……
Yikes, sorry… I do that A LOT!
Anywho, alike any other job… us self employed workers from home, we need to give ourselves working hours, and stick to them!
It’s easy to walk past your desk at home, and want to take a quick peek at your emails or editing files.
BACK OFF SISTER… if it’s before or after your work hours, YOU.HOLD.BACK.
What I have learned, and what I do…. I still suck at this, but I try my best. Here is my daily schedule: 8:45am – 2:30pm. DONE & DONE.
8:45, once my kids are out of the house and to school… I get to work.
And that work keeps going (minus a few breaks) until around 2:30, when it’s time to jump in the truck and pick up the littles from school.
Even so… I have to set an alarm reminder to actually PICK THEM UP FROM SCHOOL, or I will keep pounding the keyboard until the school calls… “Hey there, your kids are here at school still”… whoopsie!
If it’s a holiday… I AM OFF! Kids are home, significant is home (from a regular 9-5 job)… therefore, so am I. I set up an email response, letting people know I will be back on “this date” and I step away…
STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER…
BYE BYE FELICIA…
Everyone else in the working world gets breaks, so why not you?
It’s easy for me to keep pounding my keyboard and never even know that lunch has past. Lemme tell you, that is awesome for the metabolism (ack!).
Your body NEEDS A BREAK… it NEEDS TO BE FED. Plus, you need to get your ass up out of your chair and MOVE!
My favorite reminder… my crazy FitBit. It buzzes me every so often, so I need to remember to move. I get up, walk around… grab a drink, and head back to my desk. Don’t forget to eat also. Hey, if it’s Taco Tuesday... maybe a double lunch break?!
Give yourself break times. Grab the kitchen timer, and set if for a certain amount of time. Give yourself time for emails, editing, BREAK… then maybe social networking, more editing…. BREAK.
In fact, here is a great little object that I have learned about recently… and it’s SUPER HELPFUL!
The Miracle Cube Timer… BOOM… it has easy break downs and times for certain tasks.
Going along with breaks… if you can (this obviously doesn’t apply to wedding photographers), take the weekends off. Spend time with your family, esp if you have young kids in school and the weekend is their time with you. They deserve that…. and so do you.
If you cannot take the weekends off, make sure that you designate a day during the week that IS off for you.
As human beings, especially creative human beings, we need time to regenerate ourselves. A tired creative can be a dull creative… so take time for yourself. Even if it is involves the indulgent of bad tv and some soft pretzels covered in salt!
With that said… I hope some of this helps you be a happier and more successful business owner… partner… and parent.
IT’S HARD MAN… but it’s a glorious and wonderful thing. So take care of YOU… and you will be a happy dancer!
Ps, if you have more to share, and more ideas to add to this small list… SHARE IT IN THE COMMENTS!
We’d love to hear <3
PPS, as I type this… it is now 2:28 and I have exactly 2 minutes until it’s END OF MY WORK DAY! Woot woot!