Being self-employed doesn’t mean that you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. Lots of people assume that when you’re self-employed you can wake up late or do things later or another day, but it’s actually the opposite. You need to get stricter and make sure that you have a proper schedule and routine. The bills need to be paid at the end of the month, you need to make a living and you’re the only one responsible for that.
In this blog post I want to talk to you about 3 things that help me maintain my routine and keep me productive after quitting my job:
1.Wake up time – wake up as you used to when you were going to the office. Keep the same time for your alarm, shower, put on makeup, get properly dressed (no matter if you work from home), have breakfast and start the day.
2. E-mails / phone calls / meetings – after reading the book ‘4hour work week’ & ‘getting things done’ I‘ve changed my approach to communication tools. I used to immediately open every email, answer every call, join every meeting and at the end on the day I didn’t get much done. Now I’m trying to read my email only 4 times a day. Yes you heard it right! I check my email in the morning when I sit down and go through my to-do list. Like this I check what emails need to be answered immediately and take just couple of minutes to do so, then if something needs to generally be answered at all (if not I delete it), and if there are other emails or tasks that take more than 2-3 minutes and I need to do them, I try to plan these as actions. After I check my emails I can focus on what I need to do and only couple of hours later I check the email again. You might say “what if something is urgent?” -if it is urgent they will call don’t you think? 🙂 How I handle meetings and phone calls? – read the books it is so worth it! (this is not sponsored post- it’s just my true humble opinion).
3. Balance – There will always be days that you have to work until late (most of them are like that), but still try to have a social and private life as much as you can. Try to keep weekends free for your hobbies. You need those to keep your mind fresh with ideas and your motivation going. If you have some strict deadlines and need to stay longer that is not a problem, but that should be an exception and not a rule. This applies to the self-employed and also to the employees.
These are simple things that we all know, but it’s good to be reminded of them once in a while.
As I was recently reminded, I wanted to share these insights with you!