You would have heard me talk about it time and time again, how I’m addicted to productivity. I have this incessant need to be doing something productive 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I work for myself and I work from home, so I know that has certainly impacted this shift in me because if I don’t work and work hard… I don’t get money. I can’t afford to slack. I can’t afford to have down days. But I also can’t afford to burn myself out by pushing and pushing and pushing myself. I’m well aware that we all need down-time and a period in our day to relax. I know that. So why can’t I implement that for myself?
I think there’s this weird misconception that in order to be a morning person you need to be up and dressed at 6am and not a moment later. But morning technically ranges from, well, 12am till 12pm right? To me, being a morning person simply means you’re more productive in the morning. And to me, “the morning” means before lunch. I certainly don’t wake up before 7
every day any day; you won’t find me sipping a smoothie and going for an early morning run. But certainly since being self employed, I’ve learnt the value of the morning and learnt to utilize it to grow my productivity.
I haven’t wrote a blog post in a good month now. I’ve not really been in the right frame of mind to do so and despite putting “write blog post” on my to-do list every day for the past 2 weeks, it hasn’t happened, I haven’t been able to bring myself to do it because you know what happens to blog posts when your heart’s not in it? They’re shit, that’s what. But this is something I’ve been thinking quite a lot about recently; my vision and goals for my blog and my book touring business for next year.
I’ve been self-employed and working from home for a good 3 years now. I started my own online book touring business up from scratch, gained a client base and continue to grow and grow and get evermore busy. I also make a small income from my blog, which also requires more working from home, on my laptop. I’m not complaining though. I absolutely love what I do and hope to grow even more over the coming years to make a solid monthly income which I’ve created all by myself. But it hasn’t always been easy and it still isn’t sometimes. Working from home takes a lot of discipline and there are an awful lot of distractions to interrupt with your work too. Today I wanted to chat about how to stay productive when you’re working from home something that I’ve certainly had to learn, work on and continue to work on over the past 3 years.
I work from home and I’m self-employed so it is very, very difficult for me to switch off from work mode sometimes. On occasion, I find myself thinking non-stop about stuff I need to do all day long even after I’ve been doing all the things for 8 hours straight and need to give myself a time out. “Regular” jobs finish at 5:30 or 6pm, why can’t I switch off then to? Not answer my emails? And not think about work related stuff? There’s no doubt that there’s plenty of people who aren’t self-employed who feel this way too. If you’re that way inclined; a Type A personality so to speak, it can be easy said than done when someone says, “just stop thinking about work for the rest of the evening”.
Working from home, having my own business and running a blog you can imagine that without certain items, I’d be pretty lost. Try blogging without a phone or a laptop or taking blog photos without a camera. You get my gist. I rely on my “stuff” to do what I have to do every day and get my work done. If my laptop broke – which it has done before – I would be completely and utterly lost and distraught. As I literally wouldn’t be able to get anything done. There’s so many perks of working from home and owning your own business but there’s also a lot of stresses too! Today I want to talk about my blogging and business essentials!
The other week, it was my blogs 4th blogoversary! I don’t know where those 4 years have gone; it’s been an almighty blur and I can’t distinguish one year from the next any more. It feels like only mere months ago that I had my first ever blog design, I had a handful of followers and all I was doing is reviewing books. Before the time where I knew what a sponsored post was or what a product review would entail because things like that seemed so far fetched for a little blogger like me.
Working from home is difficult, whether you do it full-time or part-time and often one method of income just doesn’t cut it and we’re always left craving more. When I started working from home, I researched extensively the different ways we can make money from it – ways that didn’t include “make something and sell it” because if you’ve seen anything I’ve ever attempted to make you’d understand that nobody would want to buy that. As an avid writer who (likes to think they can) writes about a wide variety of topics, I always thought if I could make a few extra quid thought doing that, then that would be perfect.
I wanted to talk about this very specific little part of my life. Well, I say little but to me, it’s not. To me, it’s a big thing that I’m extremely proud of but to most people, they don’t see the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff. As you may, or may not, know – I run an online book touring business for authors. I won’t go into masses of detail but for those that don’t know, a book tour is a virtual tour that goes around different blogs every day for 1 or 2 weeks and provides reviews, guest posts, excerpts and giveaways about the specific book. Doesn’t sound much, right?