Business, Productivity

Working From Home, No. 7.

Tip No. 7

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A few months ago, I wrote a blog post on why I’m using 2 planners in 2018. In that post I told you that I would be updating you around March to tell you how it’s going.

I thought I would do that now!

First, I am using the weekly planner for work and the daily for home.

I’m not using the daily planner as much as I thought I would. Things are starting to all migrate to the weekly work planner. I find that if I don’t do my Sunday Basket that the system kinda falls apart.

I’ve been looking into new uses for the daily planner as well. Since I don’t have a ton of personal appointments to put there, I’ve thought about writing praises, prayers, answers to prayer and verses each day to look back as a journal of some sort.

Overall, I’m finding that if I take time on Sunday or Monday morning to go through all of my paperwork and write down everything that has to be accomplished that week I am less stressed and able to get more accomplished. Honestly, so far it’s not going quite as I thought it would, but I am only a month into the year! I’ll keep updating you on what works for me and how I’m learning to be more productive and having a better work/life balance.

Keeping up with so many tasks was just one more hurdle I’ve had to cross since working from home and as a business owner! No one is here telling me what to do and I have to be sure that I meet all of the deadlines for each client and all of the school deadlines as well. Nothing that can’t be done, but it takes more discipline and intentionality than I thought it would.

If you’re just starting to work from home, let me encourage you that the overwhelmed feeling is normal. Rome wasn’t built in a day and your business won’t be either. It takes time to learn how to balance the entrepreneurial spirit and the day to day tasks that have to get done. Put the work in and you will slowly start to see the rewards.

I mentioned this book in a previous blog post, but a great book on this is 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam . If you struggle with time management, this book will help shift your mindset. I listened to it on Audible a few months and my mindset on time has been changed for the better!

I hope this post encouraged you! Come back tomorrow for tip number 8!

-Lydia

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