We are all a little guilty of spending a little too much of our down time scrolling through Facebook or Instagram. There is no doubt that we are drawn to all the beautifully styled photos and perfectly curated feeds. And if you yourself are winning at the social media game then chances are, you too have a crafted feed that is filled with a collection of beautiful images. All the beautiful moments of your life, your work, and things that inevitably make you smile.
However, the problem with this all is that it often leads us to compare our everyday lives to those that seem so perfect. But the truth is the realities of working from home, balancing life and running a business are not always beautiful. It seems many people have this notion that our homes are always tidy, our families only eat gourmet styled meals and our kids are the sweetest peaches to ever walk the planet. Spoiler alert: This is so far from the truth! What most people don’t always share is all the hard work, discipline and dedication that is involved with working from home and being successful at it.
Let me help you understand my point of view when it comes to the biggest myth regarding working from home.
Myth: Working from home must be so easy.
- Working from home is so much harder than most people expect. If you are one who goes to the office all day, odds are you work a 9-5 schedule and you come home and spend time with family. Well, when you work from home, odds are you don’t have a 9-5 schedule. It can be hard to find the time of the day to take your mind off of work, because your home is your “office.
- Scheduling is hard and always needs to be adjusted! It’s a constant juggling act of finding that family/work life balance.
- Clients think you are always available to them, 24/7.
- Working from home requires a lot of self-discipline.
- It gets a bit lonely at times.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love working from home. In fact I don’t think I would want it any other way. But it has taken me eight and a half years to work out the kinks and get a system going that works for everyone involved.
Things that have helped me;
- I use google calendar to schedule in my week and I stick to it.
- Certain days are dedicated to specific tasks to help make my week productive.
- I disable all notifications on my phone. My phone doesn’t notify me when someone comments on a post, or sends me an email. Having set hours dedicated to email and social media will help you stay on track. Be intentional with your time.
- If you are a mom – child care is key! Taking a bit of the load off your shoulders will allow you to be a more productive business woman. But also a more nurturing, hands on mom during the times you have your child also. Trust me, its better for the both of you! I had my son in child care for just two full days a week for the last year and it has been wonderful to dedicate these days to undisturbed work.
- Changing up my work space sometimes. Sometimes its really nice to just take my laptop to a favourite cafe and answer emails there for an hour or so. This is a nice time to just simply get out of the house. But new surroundings sometimes offer a fresh perspective and are good for the soul.
Working from home has many advantages, but that doesn’t mean that it is easy. Owning a business is hard work, and success doesn’t come easy. Having a plan, a schedule and systems in place will help you be successful.