Home Biz Time 2: The Structure
A job out in the brick and mortar world does two things;
- It provides a structure for your day.
- It tells your family and friends that your time is spoken for during your Working hours.
You will notice that both of these things a regular job provides both relate to your TIME.
First, let’s discuss the structure that a regular job provides and how you can apply that structure to your work at home job or business.
When you have a job that you go to outside your home to accomplish, you are required to be at that job at a specified time on specified days of the week.
When you have a work at home job or business, you need that same kind of structure. You need to set regular working hours. The freedom that a work at home job provides is that you can choose the hours…but you do have to choose!
Now let’s talk about your family and friends and how they are going to view your work at home job.
It is a strange but very true fact that your dear mother would not DREAM of calling you at your ‘real’ job and asking you to drive Aunt Rosie to the beauty shop and wait for her….after all….you are WORKING and can’t be expected to leave your job to run errands. Right?
That very same considerate mother WILL call you and ask you to take Aunt Rosie to the beauty shop and wait for her when you are working at home.
Because you are at home and available, that’s why.
Your dear, sweet mother will not see your work at home job as a ‘real’ job. Your spouse will also see you as being free to run errands. Your friends will see you as being available for long telephone conversations, lunch or for a coffee meet.
You can see the problem. If YOU do not schedule your time and abide by your schedule yourself, others will not. Unless you see your work at home job as a REAL job with REAL working hours, your time will be eaten up. You will not accomplish the tasks that you need to accomplish.
You will fail and find yourself out looking for a REAL job unless you see your work at home job as the REAL THING with regular working hours that make you unavailable for other activities.
The best way to accomplish using your time to your own best advantage with your work at home job or business is to make a nice schedule and tell your family and friends what that schedule is.
You do not have to be rude but you do have to be firm. Make it clear to all:
“I will be working between 9 AM and 3 PM Monday through Friday. On those days and during those hours, I am NOT available to run errands or take personal phone calls or entertain company.”
Then just stick to it!
What are your thoughts?