Up north, wetake a particular hankering to sayings. One of my favorite’s is “The devil is in the details.” On that rare occasion when I’ve anticipated thinking that some was going to be available for myself, I’ve gotten a rude awakening.
For example, when the kids were younger there was a holiday in February where I would have the day off from work, yet the kids would be in school. Then ~ wham, a snow-day. That was the end of my.
Although my kids are grown now, a new twist occurs ~ I have the day all planned out and then ~ the daycare provider calls out sick. I end up having to put out fires for the day, and the VA work I had scheduled ends up piling up.
When work piles up, procrastination can rear its ugly head. That in turn has me thinking that rather than being a WAHM, I should be out shopping or at least playing with the grand-kids. In reality, procrastination in essence means that you are having a hard time trying to balance work as well as your family. You compensate by saying that a littlewith the kids or grand-kids is quality time well spent, however the lack of structure on your part can easily cripple your productivity.
Continually taking time off from your work at home job to spend time with family may seem like you’re giving yourself a day, however that mindset will keep you in the procrastination mode.
Here’s some ways to recognize the symptoms and get the monkey off your back:
1. Staring at the piles of paper or product reviews that need to be done won’t get you anywhere. You know you would like to be productive yet downtime is essential for your well being. Between ending a project and starting a new project, take the time to give yourself an “Atta-Girl.” Politicians do it all the time. Perhaps you won’t be able to spend the afternoon at the spa, but you can certainly spend an hour or two doing something you like such as baking your favorite dessert or taking the kids or grand-kids to a museum. Just recognizing that you don’ t have to rush head-on into the next big thing waiting on your desk will release the pent-up pressure while acting as an incentive for working more efficiently and encouraging.
2. A messy desk may be the sign of a savant but savants don’t necessarily get the work done. Clutter can actually be detrimental to working because you don’t want to face the mail and associated paperwork. Start by utilizing a structured filing system to organize your business. If you are in the middle of a project-diary ahead to finalize it. With a clean slate and desk you’ll feel refreshed and ready to sit down and get to the tasks at hand.
3. The sun is shining and the birds are chirping – the garden weeds are calling your name. Any suggestion of or anything slightly fun that has the ability to distract you will force you out of that chair and away from work. Recognize your procrastination triggers. If weekend productivity is a trigger, it may be best to schedule throughout the week for business and leave the weekends open for family fun. The gleeful sounds of your children or grandchildren playing may also be distracting so choose your office space carefully in order to filter out other sounds when your is open for business. Don’t set yourself up to fail.
Everyone is vulnerable to the call of procrastination. Striking a balance in your home andand recognizing your triggers are two ways to keep that monkey off your back.