6 Tips to Help Stay Focused

These tips are geared towards business owners who work from home. Working from home definitely has it’s perks, like working in your pajamas, setting your own hours, not having a boss to answer to, etc. etc. However, there are things that make working from home just as hard as leaving the house to go to work. If you’re a small business owner like myself, that works from home, I can assure you we have a lot in common when it comes to distractions, epecially if you have children and family close by. So my usual distractions include, the phone, visitors that stop by without calling, children (although I love them dearly, they certainly are NOT quiet), chores that need to get done (I love it when I go upstairs to use the bathroom and think of the twenty things I didn’t get to yet, like the toys scattered around, the floors that are screaming to be cleaned, dishes in the sink, and need I mention the laundry that is like the Leaning Tower of Pisa)

So here are six tips to help you stay focused if you are a work-from-home-business owner like myself!

1. You must keep your reason in the forefront of your mind as to why you decided to work from home. If you forget your reason for choosing to work from home, you won’t be working for yourself for long. If is far too easy to let circumstance drive your activities..and when this happens you are more likely to crash and burn.

2. Remember, your business is a REAL job. When you work for yourself, your salary is directly proportional to your productivity. Therefore it all comes down to the words we have heard over and over, TIME IS MONEY.

3.When you are dealing with family in the course of your workday, it is important to schedule your activities as much as possible. With kids this is extremely challanging. I know from experience, as I have two of them. I have found now that I have a more regular schedule with my children that I have peace of mind knowing that I can get to my work at a designated time of the day.

4.Don’t permit family and friends to visit whenever they feel like it. NOOOOO! Don’t do it. I know, also from experience, that people (not mentioning names) like to stop on over any old time thinking that I am home just hanging out. Not so much. I am actaully working, believe it or not! Make it known to those family and friends that you’re working. ( I feel giving them the list of things on my to-do-list helps with making them realize “wow, she really does work”).

5. EMAIL…need I say more…I am soooo guilty of checking my email way to much and I am working on this. It is a very addictive activity and it sucks me in like a vaccum. Yikes! So make a time to do so and then leave it at that. Twice or three times a day is better than all day long.

6.If you find that you are spending too much time doing all the odds and ends stuff for your business such as running errands, ordering prints, making sure you have this and that, and this has begun to interfere with your actual productive, creative work, then maybe you should consider hiring some part-time help to alleviate that stress.

Hope this helps!

Have a happy Monday!