Let's say that each of us is working on a computer. That in itself is so many things to us now:
- Communicating with friends.
- Business communication
- Web-surfing for work or pleasure
- Socializing on networks like Facebook or Twitter for business or pleasure
- Creating for work
- Watching video for pleasure
- Documenting our lives through blogs.
So, we would get more done in an office outside the home? Probably. Would we be happier? Probably not. That's where the balance comes in.
If you answered my first questions way back when about what it takes to be in business for yourself, you realize that discipline is key. How that looks can vary a great deal, but in the long run you need to get certain things done in a certain amount of time. I want to preface this also with saying that these are the needs of running a business. This is not about other parts of your personal equation like your spousal/family needs, etc. That's another post.
- Make a daily list of to-do's for your work and realize that if something doesn't get done, it lands on the next busy day.
- Be aware of your own energy levels and pattern of working. If you know that your attention span for detail work is at 8AM, do the bookkeeping then.
- Give yourself little rewards for getting things done on time or ahead of schedule.
- If you are prone to being sidetracked by personal interactions and you have a deadline, don't answer your phone without checking the caller id.
- If you need a routine to make it feel like your work day has started, build one. Just like your body needs certain "cues" to know it's time to go to bed, it need's some direction to know it's time to get down to work.