Little Changes Make A Big Difference In Your Home Based Business
Do you get overwhelmed by the perception of everything that has to be done to bring balance and in your life when you’re running a home based business?
I agree, there’s many different things that need to get done in the course of a day, a week, a month in the life of a home business entrepreneur, especially when they still work a job.
Having said that, I have found that it’s the small consistent changes that makes a big difference.
If you ask 100 people if they’d like to see a change for the better in themselves and their business, they most all will say yes. However, despite the desire to want to be better, it can really hard to make these positive changes necessary to see results.
They are either not willing to make the significant changes or unable due to the busy schedule they already are trying to deal with.
Does that mean it’s a lost cause?
No, not at all.
Your efforts don’t have to be heroic, just small and consistent action can make a huge impact to help you get where you want to go without burnout.
Having grown up in California, I’ve spent many hours watching sailboats while walking boardwalks eating ice cream on warm sunny days, as well as I took a sailboat class in San Diego with my own children.
One of the first things you’ll learn about, is the rudder. You’ll discover that even the slightest movement creates an enormous impact on the direction and ultimately, the destination of the vessel.
As you try to get everything done in your day, week, month, take note of what is setting you off, slowing you down, or taking you off course.
Are you trying to be a superhero? Let it go.
If you don’t, it will eat you alive and you’ll never get off the ground.
You’ve got to enjoy and look forward to that which you are doing in your business or you won’t do it.
Perhaps you need to make the slightest shift in the direction of your rudder and you’ll see a more productive, more focused, less burned out YOU.
LET’S TALK HACKS
Here are eight hacks that work for me that allow me to have better balance and success. These may help you as well.
Reading: Rather than reading for 2 hours a day, read 10 pages. Personal development (and not the woo-woo stuff) will keep your head on straight and reading is so important to that end. Those 10 pages will make a big difference in your thinking and personal growth, yet, free you up to do something else with the other 1.5 hours.
Exercising: Rather than going to the gym for a 2 hour workout, walk briskly for 20 minutes a day. Those 20 minutes will make a big difference in your overall health and well being and do something else with the other 1.5 hours.
Outsource: Have someone else mow your lawn, do your ironing, or clean your house. You deserve that. You do something else, perhaps that would be a good time to work on your own business. It’s the same time you would have spent, but now you don’t have to do it ALL.
Cooking: Rather than spending time in the kitchen for an hour every night, use a crockpot. Coming home from work to your home smelling the dinner bell and being able to quickly sit down and eat with the family, will give you hours back at the end of the week.
Mini-Vacations: Rather than waiting a year to take a week long vacation, plan a few mini vacations where you head out on Friday after work and come back Sunday evening. These are effective spurts of R&R that can take the edge off to get away until your vacation week. We take 3 dayers all the time.
Learn and Implement: Rather than staying in the learning mode, learn something and then apply it. Otherwise you’ll feel stuck and keep making excuses why you can’t do something. Staying in learning mode is procrastination and worrying about failure.
Or, it’s fear of success. What would happen if you implemented and someone joined your business? Both fear of success and fear of failure can cause this lingering in the learning mode. Take a look in the mirror and be honest about why you’re not implementing.
Blogging: Rather than blogging everyday, blog once or twice a week and syndicate that out to your social media platforms as well as to your list via email. This take the pressure off of having to blog daily, yet your message still gets out about your message.
Social Media: This will prove to be your biggest time sucker! Stay off of social media unless it’s to say hi to a few friends and be done, place ads or connect with prospects. People are wasting hours and hours on there without even being aware of the time loss and it’s in those hours that you could have done something else with your time. You know how it is, something catches your eye and off you go for an hour, then another, then another. EEK!
These are staples in my life and I hope they help you see you don’t have to be some kind of superhero to have basic balance in your life/work/home business space. Especially if you still work a job. I know it can be hard. You have long days at work and you’re tired when you come home. You just want to veg out. I get that.
These hacks I’ve adopted makes life much easier.
Make a few small adjustments to your rudder so you can get to your destination before stalling out. Here’s a quote by Jimmy Dean that I thought was appropriate for this blog:
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Let me know what you think of my hacks. And, please share your favorite hacks for balancing your life/work/home business space.
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