Whether you’re looking for success in your pet blogging endeavors or even success in achieving a work/life balance there are many steps you can take to get yourself there. The bottom line though is that you need to commit to yourself before you make your other commitments.
What have I done (that you can emulate) to commit yourself to pet blogging success? Here are my favorite tips:
- Divest yourself of distractions. Because I work from home it is easy to be pulled away by other items — whether it’s laundry or taking advantage of a warm summer day — it’s easy to be distracted when your office is in your home. If you can’t stop looking at a floor that needs to be vacuumed, you need to make time to do those chores before or after work or if that is impossible, then close your office door so you won’t be distracted.
- Workus interruptus. Don’t let your friends and family pull you away from your work. You may have people in your life who think that because you’re home all day that you’re not really working and that you’d be happy to run errands for them. Hang a virtual sign and let your family and friends know that between 9 and 5 (or whatever hours you choose) that you are unavailable — just as they are when they’re on the clock.
- Non work related actions. Let’s face it. Once you open Facebook or Pinterest you are lost and then several hours later you realize you missed a work deadline, right? Set specific times throughout the day to check in on your social media. Hint, if your friends and family notice you on your social media pages throughout the day they will likely not believe that you really do work from home.
- Don’t over-complicate your life. Do you say yes to everything? Do you have clients knocking on your doors and find you want to take on all the tasks they offer? If that’s the case you will either find yourself having a) no time to do a good job for anyone b) working 24/7 c) the quality of your work will suffer d) you will have no life other than a work life. If you are saying yes to all work that comes your way take a step back and ask why you can’t say no. Are you concerned you won’t have enough money to pay your bills? Do you worry that this is an opportunity can could send your pet blogging career skyrocketing? Do you find yourself yearning to take on new tasks/roles that might not fit in with your current business model? If that’s the case, you may need to rethink the areas in which you’re spending your time and you may want to rework your business plan to divest yourself of clients/tasks that don’t fit so that you can take on those that do fit.
- Do you work in chaos? Contrary to popular belief, it’s likely that you do not work best under pressure. You may need deadlines to get your tasks done and keep you on track, but stress and pressure don’t typically lend themselves to anyone performing stellar work. Take a step back. Look at your daily to-do list and see if it’s manageable. If you don’t write down your daily tasks, you may want to start because it’s a great way to help you determine where you are spending your time. You may find there are time wasters built into your daily tasks that you can eliminate.
What can you do today to commit to yourself and your pet blogging success?