So Fall is approaching, school has started and I have even spied a couple of wrinkled leaves on the ground. The flowers are drying up and the mornings are certainly cooler. I don’t know about you, but at this time of year I crave organization. It seems Summer is a very “lazy” season for me. My home-business slows a bit as I spend time with the kids and their activities. I sleep in a little and organization in the home seems to take a back seat.
However, as August approaches and the back to school craze begins, my organizational tendencies wake back up! Something about it makes me want to rip apart closets, start new routines and organize! I know I am not alone here so I thought I would try something fun and begin an organization “bootcamp” so to speak. I plan to start it on the 1st of September. It’s not going to be daunting. Just a daily activity to keep our homes organized and ready for Fall. Are you up for the challenge?
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No good business gets off to a stellar start without a solid plan. In fact if you are hoping that a bank will invest in your business, by giving you a loan, you can be certain you will need a plan in place.
When you make the decision to work a home based business a plan is ESSENTIAL! Before you even get started, you need to consider a few things.
Set some office hours and stick to them. This is imperative. When you work at home you do have the freedom to clock yourself in and out. Nobody else is going to do that for you. Alot of people dream of the day that they can fire thier boss and work for themselves, but the reality is that if you don’t have the discipline to schedule your work then it is going to be slow going for you in building your business. It’s very easy to start a load of dishes before returning to your phone calls. But let’s face it, unless you are in a cleaning service industry, washing dishes will not produce income. Making those phone calls on the otherhand will produce income over time.
Instill belief, followed by eliminating obstacles. One thing I have seen people do time and time again is give up thier business before really trying! That being said, more often than not the reason for the “giving up” is often preceded by a spouse or close family member convincing them that they got involved “in another one of those things…”. Whatever company you are checking out, make sure you do just that! Check them out. Are thier people in this company making the kind of income that you want to make? Has this company got credentials? Does this company involve products and services that you full heartedly believe in? If your answer is yes to those questions then go with your gut and start eliminating obstacles. By the way obstacles are a/k/a excuses. Do you tell yourself “I’m not sure I can do it?” or “I am shy”? If you do this, you must stop. Those are excuses! An excuse is nothing more than a little white lie that we tell ourself, becuase we know that it is something that would be acceptable for others to believe. But make no mistake, its a lie all the same.
To Do Lists to keep you FOCUSED on your goals. This is maybe the most important activity that you can do to improve your life both personally and businesswise. Every night before you go to bed, make yourself a list of tasks that need done the next day. Make sure that at least 2-3 tasks on that list are tasks that are business related income producing activities. Please don’t make your to do list for tomorrow ON tomorrow! Otherwise, what may happen is life, family and any number of unplanned events will take over your day and beforfe you know it, its 10 am and the list has not yet been made. By 10 am I have easily knocked a few things off my list.
Find a Mentor and stick to them like glue. Find someone else in your business that can teach you. My mentor is the person who contacted me concerning the company I work with. Without her education and business knowledge I would have failed FAST!
Education ME. You are likely not an expert in EVERYTHING. Your business will require constant “continuing” education. This could be reading a good leadership book. It could be educating yourself on current marketing trends. Mabye, like I do, you need to learn a thing or 2 about SEO. Constantly stay one step ahead and learn!
Committing yourself to these activities will help you plan your work and then work your plan!
Whether you work at home or outside of the home if you have school-aged children, your mornings are hurried, stressed and busy! Today was certainly no exception. This morning my daughter who attends a private catholic school put on some cute blue jeans and a lime green t-shirt. I looked at her out of the corner of my eye and kindly told her she needed to put her school uniform on. Dress-down day is tomorrow. She was positive dress down day was today! So, organized momma that I am, went down to the bulletin board, grabbed the school calendar for April and showed her that dress down day was in fact tomorrow, Friday April 29th. She grumbled, told me I was wrong and put a uniform on. We went about our usual busy morning routines.
Well low and behold as I pull up the school drive their they are. Kids wearing blue jeans. For a moment I think I must be crazy. I was certain we read that calendar correctly. I even asked myself IS today Friday? I smiled sheepishly at my daughter and let her know that I would be back with jeans and a t-shirt for her as soon as I could. As it turns out their was a note sent home last week (missed by me) indicating the date change for dress down day.
I am the kind of gal that strives for perfection. I strive to be perfectly organized. I plan my work. I use a to do list. I use my calendar. I strive to clear my desk of clutter. Had I really missed this note? The idea of my missing it drives me crazy! But you know what? This is just the kind of stuff that God uses to remind me (and I need daily reminders apparently) that it’s great to strive for perfect organization, but NEVER should I dare assume that I am perfectly organized.
TIP: Go through your child’s folder daily, right after school if possible. Note any notes with dates on your OWN calendar. Discard notes that are not relevant to you child’s particular class.
Here is a great song I love to share with other moms who let the little things get to them. Let me know if this is you and if it IS rest in the fact you are not alone.