Working from home is common among solopreneurs. Running your business from home can be fabulous – but it can also be less than productive. The doorbell, the dryer, the kids – yep, it’s no wonder work-from-home entrepreneurs can’t get things done!
But we have to get things done, especially our marketing and business development tasks. That’s how we attract our ideal clients and grow our revenue.
So, how can you stay productive while you’re working from home? (It can be done, I promise!)
Check out this week’s marketing strategy where I share three valuable tips on how to be more productive while working from home. It’s all about BOUNDARIES!
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The struggle is real when you’re running a business and working from home. Here’s how a typical day can go for a work-from-home entrepreneur:
Get up early to have some quiet time before your spouse, kids and/or pets need you. Scratch that, the dog needs to go out now. You finally get in front of your computer and check email.
The kids are up and looking for their shoes. Your spouse is up too, asking you to remind him about something. You poke away at Facebook in between conversations.
They’re gone. You get to back work.
The phone rings. It’s your mom, wanting to chat for a few minutes. You indulge her for 15 minutes and tell her you must get back to work.
Whew! You’re back to work and finally making some progress! But then the doorbell rings and the dog won’t stop barking. It’s some guy trying to sell you a new roof.
You look at the clock. Where has the time gone? Just then, the kids bust through the door….
It doesn’t have to be like this. Let’s talk about three ways you can be more productive while you’re working from home.
#1: Set time boundaries when working from home
To be productive, you need blocks of time when you’re working on your business (and not doing personal stuff).
I recommend creating Office Hours. You can make whatever hours you want (that’s the joy of being an entrepreneur!).
For example, say you will work from 8am-5pm. That means when 5pm rolls around, you must step away and move to the personal stuff. You can also create a “personal” block of time in the middle of the day. You’re in charge! Just set up your Office Hours and block this time on your calendar.
When it’s your time to work on your business, be disciplined and only work on your business. No folding laundry!
(Side note: I know it’s hard to have uninterrupted time to work on your business, especially when you work from home. If this is something you struggle with, you may benefit from Study Hall, which is a feature of my Celestial Circle. You get 2.5 hours every month where you do nothing but marketing tasks with fellow Celestial Circle members. It’s super productive!)
#2: Establish physical boundaries around your workspace
If you can work from home in a room with a door, do so! If you’re like me and work in an open space in your home, then invest in a room divider. Both create physical boundaries, which will help reduce interruptions from your loved ones. Plus, there is something about a physical boundary that says “I am working now.”
Don’t hesitate to put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door too. Teach your kids to look for this sign so they know not to disturb you unless something’s on fire or someone is bleeding.
#3: Don’t answer the door or the phone
Ringing telephones, knocks on the door, people dropping by – these are all distractions you didn’t have to put up with in corporate, right? Well, you don’t have to tolerate them as a work-from-home entrepreneur either.
Don’t answer the phone when it rings. Don’t check your voice mail until your business day is done. Ignore the doorbell.
And tell your relatives that you would love to talk to them – after your designated Office Hours.
At the end of the day, give yourself permission to set boundaries for yourself and your loved ones. Working from home can be rewarding, cost-efficient, and productive, but you must set up the necessary boundaries to ensure your success. Remember to create those office hours and block times on your calendar for your marketing tasks. You got this!
Hi, I’m Jill Celeste. I teach purpose-driven entrepreneurs (just like you) everything you need to know about marketing so you can become the Director of Marketing for your business.
Because when you put your Director of Marketing hat squarely on your head, marketing is your number one priority (which will result in more clients!).
When I am not teaching about marketing, you’ll find me hanging out with my husband or my teenage boys, or taking a nap with my basset hound, Emma. I also like to play with my two guinea pigs and feed the backyard ducks (much to my neighbor’s chagrin).
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