Today I return to one of my favorite ongoing topics: career success! My views here are a bit unconventional so sit tight as I do a quick primer. BTW, you have my good friend and (creative) work-out partner JulioFromNY.
If you’re familiar with folks like Robert Kiyosaki and John Addison, you may have come to the realization that working a 9-5 is not likely to ever give you true financial freedom. To amass real wealth AND find true fulfillment in life, it’s important to do something you are passionate about. Yes, I say that all the time.. Because it’s true!
Building residual income and understanding the cashflow quadrant will give you a vital edge but sustainable success demands FOCUS (which requires good ‘ol diligent persistence, of course). This is what I’m here to talk about tonight. You see, Julio posted about the challenges of working from home and it did something I really needed: it created urgency (yes, creating the urgency is a major topic for my blog here at Y3B as well – with due reason).
Julio hit some points that really hit home for me. His blog entry was all about time management, dealing with distractions, and staying engaged and productive! This article showed me that there is great urgency here because I know there are many like us trying to find the perfect work-life balance.While many dream of being their own boss, the truth is that most of us have been conditioned to be employees. We’re used to being given orders, direction, and schedules. With the exception of a few strategic roles out there, traditional jobs limit us to operational, almost unthinking roles.
In a few words, if you’re not a true self-starter, the need to have someone micro-manage you or at least keep you focused on your duties is more realistic than “being your own boss“. If your passion and ambition is insatiable, perhaps traditional employment isn’t for you. Either way, it’s tricky business.
Really, the biggest problem with any sort of self-employment is carving out the time to get things done. Sounds easy enough right? Not quite. Really, this long-winded lead-in takes to this burning question: how do you work from home and get things done?
I tell ya: I love working for myself and being mostly home-based. I get to spend more time with my loved ones doing the things I love. The challenge in scheduling for me is not setting the schedule but getting others to respect it.
We all have our own workflow and motivators. Before you can succeed as a freelancer, small business owner, or even a blogger, you have to get a grasp on these things. When you’re “around more”, people around you may simply think you have more free time. This is where you have to become a master storyteller. Share your dreams and your plans. When everyone sees your conviction and passion, they’ll know to respect and appreciate your ventures and endeavors.
Oh my.. In all my zeal, I’ve written this lengthy article and haven’t even shared my secrets to WFH (Work From Home) success! Allow me to share some quick pointers on how to stay focused and productive:
- Procrastination is good.. In small doses. Don’t over-work yourself and be sure to pace yourself. It’s better to create a sustainable pace than to start off guns blazing, only to lose steam soon after.
- Make your availability known. Don’t invite distractions by making yourself seem too available. This is a tought rut to come out of!
- Streamline your life. Identify the things that suck up your time the most. Cut some of those things out. Things like going out every day or watching lots of TV can be sacrificed to free up more time. YAY!
- Prioritize! Sure, it may be common sense but I am shocked to see the amount of people that never write down tasks and goals. If you don’t visualize your success, how can you ever feel accomplished?
- Be selfish.. Don’t be afraid to lock your doors, turn off your phones, and go into hermit mode. Sometimes you need to be a little socially-recluse if you’re to get anything done.. Just don’t go over-board!
- Keep yourself accountable: go public! Much like making your availability/schedule known, going public with your biggest projects is great because it creates more urgency and keeps you accountable.
- Collaborate with goal-minded people.. Work-out buddies are people that have similar goals and/or workflows as you. You can keep each other focused and offer relevant advice because you’re traveling the same paths together. This approach works and it’s something I need to do more of myself!
- Carpe Diem: Seize The Day. This little gem was passed on to me by one of my favorite literary experts, “Mr. Pal”. It’s tempting at times to leave stuff for later (SEE Mundane Chatter v2.0 Episode 1) but nothing beats the momentum created by seizing a moment of inspiration. Great ideas can fizzle out if you don’t feed them with activity. I notice that my best work happens when I get to work right as the ideas start to rush in. Again, I could stand to follow my own advice more! Heh
The way I see it, most work all their life but few do their life’s work. Mastering the secrets of self-employment and WFH alike can help you get there. Like Julio, I’m still trying to master the work-life balance. It’s an ongoing process. Don’t give up and *always* focus on the prize: your dreams!
See what you brought down upon the webz, Julio? Darn you for inspiring me! *shaking my fist* It’s not just the housework that confounds the creative process.. Other everyday distractions can be a real damper too!