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|Top Tips For 'When You Hit The Wall'!
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This past week has been quite challenging for me to the point where I couldn't bring myself to turn on the computer.
As I 'sat in front of the TV' pondering what was going on and what I was going to do about it, I decided to 'get back in the saddle' so to speak and started 'googling' remedies. My first few tries weren't very fruitful - 'googling' frustrated, fed up and emotional support weren't giving me anything substantial except more business opportunities that I definitely wasn't looking for!
When I input 'hit the wall' I came across an article by Elena Fawkner the editor of 'Home Based Business Online'. I'm not familiar with Elena's work however this was 'just the ticket'.
I'm sure I'm not the first nor the last marketer to get to this place and felt others would benefit from my sharing her tips.
Elena lists 9 tips that will help and just going over them was uplifting.
Here is a thumbnail sketch of her tips:
1) PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN A CURE
That of course meaning not to let it happen in the first place through balance and moderation in all things. Consider how we manage burnout in a traditional job - with a set number of hours, regular breaks, taking some time for fun, enjoying some 'downtime'.
2) TAKING SOME TIME OUT
Set up an autoresponder or automated vacation reply for your email that will sent a notice, upon receipt of an email, that you are away from your office for whatever time you feel you need and your business will allow. If you must, process orders manually and let everything else
wait. Just focus on taking the time off and do the things that you enjoy or that you haven't done for awhile. Go for a walk or to the ocean and ponder the horizon: meditate or go for a drive in the country. Do something that's enjoyable for you and not related to your business.
3) MAINTAINING FOCUS
I'm sure you can relate to how extremely easy it is to lose focus online. We've all been there when going online to research a subject for an article or as I did a tip to to get me over a rough spot. There's always another link and another link and before you know it time has slipped away and that article research or helpful tip is still begging to be done. It takes discipline but saving those links to your favourites and scheduling a time later to review them will help to maintain focus.
4) TAKING REGULAR TIME OFF
For most who work at a traditional full-time "job" scheduled time off is the weekend; for others such as shift workers their time off may fall differently. The one constant when you work is that you need time off to rest, to recuperate and to regenerate your body, mind and spirit. You can think much more easily, clearly and effectively when your mind is relaxed and calm. Who said that thinking time can't be spent at the beach or in a hammock in the back yard? Take time off for you from your business each week . If you're not taking care of you, you won't be taking care of your business.
5) SETTING FIXED BUSINESS HOURS
Contrary to the belief that working at home allows time to 'goof' off, in reality the nature of business online with the instant communications aspect and the order that may be sitting in our email inbox means the temptation to spend every waking hour online is greater than goofing off. This can quickly lead to compulsive work habits and an inability to set work aside for the day. For most marketers it is healthier to set fixed working hours and to stick to them. When you know you have a limited number of hours to devote to your business you bring with it a higher degree of focus.
6) BUT NOT FIXED ROUTINES
It's helpful to stir things up a bit to keep fresh and avoid 'hitting the wall'. Switch your routine around a bit. You may have the habit, as I do, to get the easy things out of the way first. Try challenging yourself by first tackling the hardest item on your list. You'll not only avoid boredom but it could very well be your 'springboard' for the day's achievements. And who knows you might even be tempted to call an early end to your day!
7) PLANNING YOUR DAY
Nothing will create stress and anxiety more than feeling you have so many things to do you don't know where to start or more importantly where to finish. Planning for each day a week in advance is a good way to avoid this waste of valuable time and energy and to ensure a productive week. True you won't know exactly what will come up on any given day but there are routine tasks you know have to be done. Allocate days and times to them in writing and cross them off your list when you're done. You'll have a sense of accomplishment and it will make prioritizing your activities necessary. Just knowing the important things will get done frees your mind of the
worry and anxiety and leaves your mind clear and calm.
8) BREAKING THE HABIT OF COMPULSIVE EMAIL CHECKING
It can be all to easy to become compulsive when it comes to your checking email inbox. How many times have you sat at your computer thinking about starting a project that's going to take some effort and you get sidetracked by doing a 'quick' check of your inbox. While you're there you read a couple of newsletters, check out this or that new affiliate program and before you know it that 'quick' email check has turned into hours you can't get back. Bad habit. Very, very bad habit. Resist the temptation. Close your email program until the time you have designated for your next email check. Remember 'planning your day'! Work on the tasks you have assigned yourself for the day. Assign a time to check emails and stick to it!
9) SEGREGATING YOUR BUSINESS SPACE FROM YOUR HOME SPACE
In addition to segregating your time between work and non-work activities, it's important to physically segregate your business and non-business space. Allocate a dedicated room in your house that you can use as your office and close the door at the end of the day. Separate communications systems that you can turn off at the end of the day reinforces in your mind that once that door is closed; once that answering machine is turned on your work is done for the
day. Go home!
Never before have so many had such a great opportunity for independence in their working lives. Never before has the potential for self-employment been easier to realize. But the freedom from the control of others that we seek when making the break from the paid workforce to full-time online business is something we must protect lest we substitute one form of servitude for another. There is after all, nothing so confining as the prison we build for ourselves. An online business is one way to achieve financial freedom and independence in our working lives. Understanding the terrain can set you as free as a bird and in control of your own destiny. Fail to understand it
and be grounded. The choice is yours.
I think I'm ready to move forward armed with my how to not 'hit the wall' plan of action! Many thanks to Elena Fawkner from whom this information was acquired.
skype - irene.blackett
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|This past week has been another trying time for me and I felt the need to revisit this blog to get back on track. You might find these tips helpful as well! |
|Thank you Tommy for showing how the IBO spirit works by commenting and sharing, much appreciated.|
|Thanks so much Jade, appreciate you stopping by!|
|Thanks Annemarie, you're so right it's a misconception to think a home business will run on it's own. Your comment is appreciated.|
|Hello Irene. I'm just showing you some IBO SPIRIT, and this is a great blog. I will share this for you!|
|AWESOME article...every enterprise requires effort but there is a huge difference when you work for yourself and true independence. But you need to understand the compass points or be grounded....the choice is yours. Thanks for sharing...for everyone to read!|
|Thanks for sharing Patricia - somehow I feel that you are not alone!!|
|Thank you David - sometimes the obvious is not an attractive option however 'the body dictates'!|
|Thank you, I have the Obsessive Email checking disorder!|
|Excellent article and information. Everybody should follow to some degree the information set forth in this blueprint and enjoy what you're doing or enjoy burning out and losing your interest in doing this online opportunity all together. Great stuff!|