I’m often asked by coaching clients and on social media how I seem to get so much done in a day. I’ve learned over all my thirty plus years of working for myself and working from home that the key to a productive workday is staying focused.
Here’s the point of this post: It’s important to work your schedule around your life. I know authors who stay up all night writing and then sleep late into the morning. I know women who work their businesses around their children’s schedules and commitments. I’m at the point in my life now where I have flexibility. Most days I can choose my hours and schedule. There was a point ten to sixteen years ago when caregiving elderly parents took up my daytime hours and I worked my business in the evening. Flexibility is vital!
Let me share a typical workday with you. I realize my schedule isn’t going to fit everyone’s lifestyle or business model. As you read, please remember it isn’t how many hours I put in a day or how early I get up in the morning, it’s about how efficiently I use the hours I’m working.
I am a morning person. I am most creative in the early hours when the house and neighborhood are quiet. I think part of why I like this time is because my mind is still half asleep and there are very few outside distractions.
4:30 – 5:00 AM: I write my goals for the day and grab my caffeine. I quickly see if there are any emails or private messages I need to answer.
5:00 – 6:30 AM: My writing time. This is my creative time to work on my fiction stories, books or posts. Sometimes if I’m in the flow I’ll continue writing and my schedule changes.
6:30 – 8:00 AM: This is my social media and email time. I also have coaching clients I’ll talk with depending on their time zone.
8:00 – 9:00 AM: Break time. Take my shower – make the bed. Grab a bite to eat and probably go for a walk. I may put in a load of laundry or tidy up.
9:00 – 10:30 AM: Work on my BIG project for the day. It can be going back to my earlier writing or scheduling social media for the week or planning my next MasterMind or formatting my next paperback or Kindle or working on my newsletters. I always want to be working on a project that will keep me going forward in my business.
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Coaching with clients. Finishing projects or researching future projects. About this time of the morning my creative energy is slowing down. I’ve been working and moving for seven and half hours.
12:00 PM: My workday could be finished or I’ll continue to work after lunch. It is now my personal time. Until dinner I’ll read or do my shopping or maybe even take a nap, etc. This is also the time I’ll do some household chores and make dinner.
Some days are longer and some days could be shorter. It depends on my coaching and MasterMind schedule too. My morning hours are fairly disciplined though – I know they’re the hours that are most creative and productive for me.
Working your business from home isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes commitment and discipline to work your goals consistently. It also takes a never-give-up positive attitude, especially when you work alone. I love my business and wouldn’t change my workday one bit.
If you have questions or comments, please let me know. I’m here to support you in finding your workday rhythm. I invite you to ask me about my coaching packages.
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