When you work from home—or just on a schedule that varies from day to day as most of us bloggers and entrepreneurs do—as nice and wonderful as that seems to be, it’s easy to drift into doing something you shouldn’t be doing that keeps you from getting done what you set out to do in the first place.
The Oldest Puzzle in the Universe
Where does the time go? That’s a puzzle that’s been plaguing mankind since the days of the Neanderthals. I’m not sure anyone has figured out the real answer to that question, but we have figured out some ways to cope with the problems it makes.
I think each one of us has to develop his or her own plan to conquer the time thief, but we can listen to the answers others have come up and developed that help them to live successful lives and get done what they want to get done. That, after all, is the key to success, isn’t it? And there’s no point—or prize awarded—for reinventing the wheel.
Here are a few things I do to keep me pointed in the right direction.
One activity I always thought was a little hokey is Meditation. The thought of sitting around in some sort of yoga position and chanting has always turned me off. Come to find out though, that’s not what meditation is at all!
Meditation is an activity that is quite satisfying and purifying. If you do it for a few minutes each morning and evening when you’ve finished working, you will be astounded just how much better you feel about yourself, your surroundings and your world.
Here’s a brief explanation and how-to from the Rama Meditation Society.
When I meditate, I concentrate on my breathing. In my mind I follow the air through my nose, down through my body, each finger and each toe, one body part at a time. Mind you, I’m just a novice but that’s what works for me.
Try some of the other techniques mentioned by the Rama Meditation Society. Find the technique you like and that works for you and do it. You’ll feel much better. I guarantee it!
Schedule Your Day
You can’t keep to a schedule unless you have one! Surprise!
You absolutely have to set up a schedule for yourself; you can’t even begin to function without a schedule.
Your schedule doesn’t have to be intricate and involved and have every second accounted for, although I find that the more anal it is, the better it works for me.
The schedule I’ve made for myself is pretty involved. I have certain time blocks set aside for walking the dogs, writing, lunch, appointments, meetings, and so forth. Now, granted, I don’t always stick to it like glue—and I really probably vary from it more than I should, but that’s the way life works, isn’t it?
And it does seem to outline my day pretty effectively and allows me to get much more out of it than I would otherwise get. It’s set up on my iPad and my iPhone and Apple watch so I can refer to it easily and quickly during the day.
Focus: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Meditation and scheduling were the easy ones. Now comes the hardest part—Focus!
There are so many interruptions during the day that will sabotage your progress if you let them. I know some bloggers that are ruthless about interruptions.
During their writing time for instance, they lock the door to their office, plug their ears with ear plugs and let absolutely nothing move them from their blogging or authoring goal—a long blog post or two more chapters of the that eBook.
That’s a great way to do it if you have that luxury. But that’s a luxury not many of us can afford. The important thing is to avoid as many distractions as you possibly can. You have to figure out what works for you. I think if you work that schedule we talked about out (Think lots of trial and error!) and get it set up so it works for you, you should be able to focus with a laser beam and get everything done you set out to do.
The Final Solution: The Power of “No!”
Learn to say “No!” Never take on more than you want to do or more than you can do! This isn’t easy either. It takes practice. But never forget that if you get over committed, you’ll be doing a crappy job at lots of those things, and you’ll be filled with guilt and you won’t be having fun anymore. You never want that to happen!
4 Keys to Success
There you have my 4 Simple Keys to Success: Meditate, Schedule, Focus and “No!”
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