Thursday, January 27, 2011

What gets in the way of your home biz?

I am a stay at home mom who chooses to work part time from our home. I love it and love the flexibility, who wouldn't? Unfortunately with working at home and being your own boss, there are things that can really get in your way. We all experience something that will take away the focus from what we need to be or should be doing to be successful at meeting our goals. Whether that goal is to have a bit of extra spending money or if it is to replace an income. Speaking from experience my kids. I love them, but they can really require a lot of attention, especially when they know I am trying to focus on what I need to do. This is a kids nature, and I am sure this is what they are put on earth to do. Keep mom off balance just enough that she gets nothing accomplished. We all know this, this is why we have become experts in the matter of multitasking. How do we maintain that balance so we may be able to maintain our bigger picture, and still getting in our biz time? CREATIVITY! ORGANIZATION! Yes those two words. Scheduled activities, why this works, well whether it be the dreaded snow day (especially on a day you had tons planned knowing kiddos were out of the house, or supposed to be) or an extra kid or two you got surprised with having. Maybe it is just the usual "wild" day at home with kids a schedule is necessary. Think about this, kids in school have certain things they do daily at certain times. No surprise, they know what is coming and are ready for it. They know what is expected. When we do this at home we can work with that schedule and around that schedule. It will really prevent kids from having a breakdown because they missed a snack, or nap. That lunch is not on time they are starving and you are working. Inevitable meltdown with these things if they don't know themselves this is coming. Same as times spent with you during your busy day. Schedule these in, even frequently, they are the needy little "biz" partners in your office. It is important to have some new types of things. I am not saying go spend a fortune and buy them new toys and expensive gifts. Present them with a notebook or new coloring book, from a bargain bin or dollar store. These are handy for those just not satisfied whatever is happening kind of day.
Another big way we get distracted and get in our own way is to get sidetracked ourselves. Some scenarios ( not saying it is me, not saying it isn't ;) )your searching for new places to advertise, and it does take some looking, but next thing you know you are reading news stories, or other ads. Or if your on facebook to "check or leave a comment or link something to your fan page" ( I know it couldn't of been for any other reason right?) and next thing you know you have played a game and read and commented on everyones status. You have looked for someone from the past to add as a friend or out of the blue wondered what someone is up to these days. After awhile you realize you spent your 15mins you had or an hour doing nothing that involves what you started out to do. Not productive. We are all guilty of this one.
We are all a little curious when we run across a familiar ad. It is a wonderful part of being part of a work at home team or network. We all love to see that others are passionate about what we do at least as much as we are. You may even click on an ad just to see who posted and say to yourself a bit of YAY, look at them go, and are excited to see maybe it is someone you know. One BIG way to get sidetracked on this is if you take the other road of why are they posting where I want to post and then take the time to email and explain to them how you don't want them posting there. This is such a way to waste your time, and theirs. Always be courteous. We are all whether in the same biz or some completely different kind of home biz, out there doing what we love doing. We are all in the end looking to reach our dreams and goals. If you are taking time to email something to them that is not helpful to either or you it will always come across as unfriendly (no matter how you word it) and just like completely getting caught up on an internet search, you will soon find a lot of time spent without any helpful results!

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