It’s been just over one week since I got laid off started working at home again. And it’s apparent I have to set up a couple different schedules. Earlier in the week, I had a couple of projects from one of my main clients, but I cranked through them and haven’t heard when the next ones are coming in.
My first plan is, of course, to have work waiting for me every morning. After all, that’s why they call it “working at home,” right?
But I know from previous “work at home” experience, there’s not necessarily going to be work waiting for me every morning. So, for those times, I need to create a routine of getting personal things done.
Things in this category include:
- Searching for more work;
- Doing graphic design work for myself (and, ostensibly, for my portfolio);
- Working on music (as that’s an area I hope to branch into);
- Renovating parts of our house;
- Sleeping Keeping myself healthy and fit;
- Helping others
I’m sure there’s a ton more I’ll add to this list as I settle back into the routine. The fact is, though, that I have so many things I WANT to do with my time, I tend to end up with a mental “writer’s block” of sorts. That is, I have a million things I want to (or HAVE to) get done, but in trying to figure what I should work on now, I just freeze up and get none of them done.
And that’s not an option.
One thing that will help me is to have a few people who check in with me and hold me accountable for my time. The beauty of working from home is that, barring any client’s super-short deadline, I can decide when to do the work, what work I want to do, and how I want to approach it.
Unfortunately, decision-making for myself is not a simple task. I tend to get distracted if I don’t get myself “into the zone.” And I’m a little behind on how to get myself “in the zone.” I know I can do it, it’s just going to take some dedication. Or a good swift kick in the shorts.
Probably more of the latter.