Working from home is great. You are your own boss, you make your own schedule, you’re free to do what you want, when you want.
But with all that freedom comes added responsibility. There’s no one there telling you to get back to work, or defining how long your work day should be.
This means that you, as a home business entrepreneur, must develop more discipline than the average person if you hope to be successful in your business.
I’m going to lay out an easy to follow 3 step plan that addresses most of the major hangups that keep the majority of people from being productive and successful in the home business industry.
1) Create Clear-Cut Goals
Trying to build a business without clear-cut goals is like stumbling around blindfolded trying to pin the tail on the donkey. You have a general idea of what you want to accomplish, but no idea if you’re even heading in the right direction.
But if you can put together some clear, actionable goals, you start to get a better mental picture of what you actually have to get done to get results.
Your goals don’t have to be perfect. In fact, I guarantee they won’t be. As you move forward you’ll need to refine those goals, get rid of some and add some new ones.
But never setting goals because you’re not 100% sure what goals you should set is crazy. Even weak goals are better than none at all because at least they get you moving toward your target.
Questions to ask
Try to think about what you ultimately want to achieve in your business.
- What is your ideal monthly income?
- How many people do you need to have in your organization to reach that income?
- How much time should you focus on personal recruiting vs helping your team to duplicate?
- How many new signups do you need per day/week to reach your goal by such and such a date?
- How many new connections should you make a day to get those signups?
The more refined and detailed you can make your goals the better. Once you have a plan in place, you always know what you should be doing. You have direction and that builds confidence.
2) Form A Vivid Mental Picture Of What You Want To Achieve
If you’ve never read the book Psycho-Cybernetics, I recommend doing so.
In that book author Maxwell Maltz talks about how our brains are essentially goal striving mechanisms, and that they work best when they are given a clear objective that is visualized and focused upon on a regular basis.
The more vividly you can visualize how it will feel and what it will be like to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself, the more real they will become to you, and the more realistic reaching them will seem.
This exercise will also help keep you on track and moving swiftly in the right direction. When you remember where it is you’re going, and you’ve cultivated a strong desire to get there, you realize that you don’t have time to waste on things that don’t move you closer to your destination.
You begin to develop a sense of urgency and you feel motivated to keep going when you might have otherwise given up.
3) Do One Thing At A Time
Again, no one in this business is ever going to get mad at you if you don’t get your work done. You are your own boss here and you’re also your only employee. If you don’t get something done… it just doesn’t get done.
So to stay focused and keep yourself from getting overwhelmed, I suggest only doing one thing at a time.
It seems like a simple and logical enough suggestion, but it’s not so easy to actually do.
I mean, think of how often you actually begin a project and literally do nothing else until that project is complete… it almost never happens.
You start on something, but 15 minutes later you remember something else you were supposed to do; so you open a new tab on your computer and take care of that.
Then the phone rings and you can’t possible let a phone call go unanswered, so you stop to answer the phone.
Then you come back to your computer and realize you had some bills to pay… so you open another tab and take care of that.
Then you decide to check your news feed and get sucked into the merciless time vortex of FaceBook for a while.
5 hours later you have 30 tabs open on your computer, you’re confused and frustrated, you haven’t really gotten anything done, and you can’t really remember what you were even trying to do in the first place.
The solution to this problem is to develop the habit of focusing your mind 100% on your current task and not allowing yourself to even consider what else you have to do until what you are currently doing is completed.
If you make a list of to do’s for the day, literally don’t even look at number 2 until number 1 is done. If you’re working online, don’t even open another tab in your browser until you’ve finished whatever you’re currently doing.
Life comes at us one moment at a time, and in any single moment we are only actually able to do one single thing.
By splitting our focus among many things at once, we end up giving much of our attention to things we can literally do nothing about in the current moment, and the thing we are currently doing gets accomplished much slower and at a poorer quality.
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🙂 Shawn Smith