How to make the transition to Work From Home freelancer or entrepreneur easier
Most of us have been there before. You have one life, perhaps in an 8-6 office job, but you are spending every other hour working towards a new work from home reality. For some that means spending nights and weekends building a large enough client base to make the leap, for others it means compulsively searching for that elusive 100% remote job that you can take anywhere.
The problem is, working a 40+ hour a week job is exhausting all by itself. By the time you get home, your tired body just wants to veg out until the crazy starts again in the morning except… there’s that voice in your head. It won’t let you rest without guilt because it knows that every night or weekend you slack off is another delay before you can work from home.
But take heart. It’s not forever. You can and will make it happen as long-term members of this site can attest.
Here are two techniques that I and others have used to keep moving forward when you just want to stop.
Small goals lead to huge milestones
Set an overall goal for the week such as “finish my professional blog” then break it down into smaller goals for each night. Don’t get ambitious and create nightly goals that you can’t possibly complete. If you miraculously have time left over, you can always add on small tasks until you feel done. This is a great way to keep yourself from feeling like your wheels are just spinning since you can look back over the previous month and see real accomplishments.
Allow yourself to give up (on some things)
Prioritize your work from home goals over everything else for a short period of time and don’t feel down about giving up everything else. You don’t have to stop watching Netflix or going out with friends forever, but choosing to complete your transition goals over anything else is invigorating in many ways. It might even help to make a list of every time absorbing activity that you can temporarily put aside. Be sure to write down time estimates next to them and total it up. Knowing what you are giving up and what you are getting in return encourages you to make the most of your valuable time.
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