Today is the day! That moment you say OH MY GOSH I GET IT!!! As I was cleaning up the kitchen and getting the kids off to school thinking about my day I realized I'm distracted during my business day! Step into my head for a brief moment...here are my thoughts:
I need to go to the store, I need to finish writing my husband's birthday card for our family celebration tonight, I wonder if I should call and check on my client invoice or give it another day, I need to figure out if the pool membership is worth it, oh I better call and give the condo company our new credit card and pay off our balance for spring break, the deadline to order my skin care on my PC perks program is this week so I need to decide what to order, the couch is a mess I should pick it up, oh and I can quick throw in a load of laundry, I should call and confirm the real estate shoot for tomorrow and confirm a meeting I have on Thurs, I'm curious how much money we spent on lacrosse this weekend getting gear since we bought and returned a few items, oh I better return that sports bag to Play Again Sports, I wonder if my print company might be having a sale so I can work on my dining room wall collage, hmmmm what should I fill that space with on the wall? I want to call my girlfriend and see how she is doing with her big decision, oh and how about my other friend that is making major military decision in their lives, and then there's the person that asked me for some marketing and networking tips...AHHHHHHHH!
OH MY GOSH! REAllllllllly distracted and I don't mean just a little and that was the happy chatter in my head as I got ready for the day. How many of you work at home? If you do I think there are a few things that are CRUCIAL to our success. I started thinking about when I had a "job" and how different my self talk was. Oh well, I'm running late I'll do the dishes later, groceries-meh I'll just grab them on the way home, laundry-the kids can do it after school, ......and the list goes on. What's the difference you ask, well as I drive away all I focus on is MY JOB until I come home and then I pick up the pieces. Why don't we focus on our JOB at home? We're distracted, very very distracted and that is KILLING our productivity and making us wonder "why isn't this working, why am I not building this business as fast as I want? Well my friends the answer is right here we are distracted and do not have a "system" in place to keep us accountable!
Here are my tips:
1. Start your week with a "staff meeting" which I know you're saying you're kidding it's just me??? That's a-ok my friend told me that you have to be accountable, on track, and have goals to have a successful week. Each week may be different but hitting these key points would be a good start:
*Who do I need to call, what do I need to accomplish, what do I need to follow up on, what should I work on building? What is my financial goal this week and what do I need to do to be on track? What hours am I truly working, etc
2. FOCUS ON YOUR JOB, take calls when it's best for you, make calls when it's best for you, check and return email when it's best for you and CONTROL your business don't let others control it for you. Set boundaries and stick to them so people can know what to expect from you.
3. BE PRODUCTIVE, consider yourself working for a "boss" and think if I was at work would I do this? If not then don't do it-being accountable to ourselves can be tricky, but when we have a vision we are MUCH more likely to stay on track.
4. REWARD YOURSELF for a job well done!
How are YOU doing in this area? Are you one to be distracted easily? If so I hope this helps, if not I would love to hear any of your tips that keep you focused on track!
On that note I am off to have my "staff meeting" and get myself set to have a rockin' productive week!