When you work from home building an online business, it’s a smart move to use a routine to help you weed out distractions.
This can also apply to your personal life as well because working from home requires you to juggle both and create a good work-life balance.
By using a routine, you’re establishing habits.
When you have habits, it allows your brain to function on autopilot.
That means you’ll do things without really giving it much thought because the action is ingrained within you.
Having a routine is good for you because it works to keep distractions at bay.
Plus, if you’re currently finding that you do have distractions, establishing a routine can knock those out of your way.
Most people, even if they work from home, are more productive and better focused when they use a routine for everything they need to do.
This begins with choosing the right time for setting the alarm.
A lot of online entrepreneurs don’t use alarm clocks because they are their own boss and are not required to show up to work at a certain time, however an alarm can really help you with establishing routines.
Having a routine lets you know what you have to do next without really putting much effort into it.
For example, your routine should include a time for when you need to take a shower or at least a certain time block range of your day.
You don’t have to assign a precise time unless you want to of course because that’s the beauty of being free of a boss and time constraints, but having a time range helps in establishing a routine.
Some people take a shower in the mornings after rising because it helps them to wake up.
Others feel they get more done when they get dressed first and have breakfast, so they schedule their shower in the evenings.
You can set a routine for when you eat and this can include all of your meals as well as any snack breaks.
You’ll be able to cut out distractions when you have a routine for when you work, so set a schedule for starting as well as for when it’s time to leave work behind.
Some people find it’s better to have a schedule that breaks down each part of their workday, such as a time block that’s set aside for must-do tasks, creative tasks and administrative or busy tasks.
Using a routine allows you to weed out distractions that impede productivity daily.
When you conquer the daily distractions, you gain more hours in your week.
To create a routine that fits your life, you would first need to make a note of all the things you need to get done on any given day.
This list needs to have both business and personal life tasks, since they go hand in hand.
For your business list, you would create a routine that establishes what steps you need to take in order to finish a project.
This routine can be based on daily or weekly habits.
Once you have the list written down, you’ll want to look over it to see what can be lumped together.
For example, if you know you get distracted from work by returning phone calls, save responding until you’re doing something on your daily routine, such as walking on the treadmill during your exercise regimen.
It can be helpful to use a planner to schedule your routine.
Your routine may take some tweaking once you get started, but don’t be afraid to ditch what’s not working for you and change it up until it works for you.
You will find that you will accomplish a lot more in your online business, while at the same time gaining more freedom to enjoy your personal life as well.
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My Online Journey
You don’t know me. I’m not some flashy internet marketer with my name and face all over the internet.
Nope. I’m actually way too introverted for that 🙂
I’m just an ordinary person that had to figure out a way to make money online when I lost my job in 2008, due to health issues.
In the offline world, I gained several years experience in Customer Service, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable and various other clerical type positions.
Much of it was drudgery, especially working in call centers.
I was good at my various jobs, but I did not enjoy being hostage to a cubicle and headset..lol 🙂
But, you do what soul sucking jobs you have to do, in order to make money to pay the bills.
As a free spirit, I always had the deep desire to break free from the cubicle-zombie-robot rat race world and have full control over my time, income and life, without having to have permission from a boss.
I was tired of being just another “number” that was expendable, no matter how dependable I was or how hard I worked (just to help build someone else’s wealth and make their dreams come true).
I wanted to create MY freedom…not just build it for someone else.
Unexpectedly in 2008, severe neck issues forced me out of the 9 to 5 corporate world rat race (before I was actually ready financially, which really sucked a lot and was pretty scary).
My neck issues got worse after years of being trapped at a computer, with little to no permission to get up and move around and stretch.
This is not good when you are suffering from old car accident injuries.
This was especially the case in call center jobs with low cubicle walls. They didn’t want you standing up, due to the noise while on calls.
And although losing my job and the paycheck was a less than pleasant experience, my goal was to be an online entrepreneur anyway.
But, I was forced to make it happen at that point…which was not ideal.
Wasted Time Dabbling
It’s better to have a 2nd income already coming in regularly before losing your main source of income, but I had no control over what happened.
I had already been “dabbling” in internet marketing, on the side, since 2004…basically wasting time.
I treated it as a hobby, instead of an online business.
I actually made a little bit of money with affiliate commissions and some advertising revenue, but it was nothing to write home about because I did not build it up.
If I had realized that my health was going to go sideways so badly in 2008, then I would’ve taken my online business “side gig” much more seriously.
I would’ve hustled, even while still working a full-time job, because 4 years would’ve been more than enough time to have built that online business into a full-time income.
Just an extra 1 hour per day consistently over that 4 year period…would have made all the difference.
So, after I lost my job in 2008, I was in a real bind for more than one reason.
I needed to get serious and stop dabbling and start hustling to make money online, but it takes time to build an online business that brings in consistent income.
I was out of time. My household went from two incomes to one and I needed to get moving.
The problem was my severe neck issues and the accompanying dizziness from nerve damage in my C1 Vertebrae, the Atlas.
So, this meant that I couldn’t exactly hustle like I needed to because being on a computer for hours each day at home is no different than doing it at a job.
I was no longer able to do this, if I wanted to not end up completely disabled or bed-ridden.
The years 2008-2011 were extremely tough in trying to heal, but with proper therapy, the worst of it got better, but it’s not 100%.
Even now in 2022, I still can only be on a computer so much each day, without causing flare-ups.
So again, if I had taken it all more seriously, then I wouldn’t have ended up with so many financial worries, when I lost my job.
I would’ve had something more substantial to fall back on during times that were difficult money-wise and health-wise.
Then, add in beating my head against the wall, jumping from one “program” to another and basically flushing more time and money down the toilet.
Losing my job made me act in desperation because I wanted to make something happen right now.
So, I ended up doing what a lot of people do, which is looking for a shortcut and something “quick” or “push button”…which is not realistic because it doesn’t really exist.
Then in 2012, I joined Wealthy Affiliate because it had the tools and resources I needed all in one place, to help me build an online business.
Fast forward to 2020, I joined The Home Business Academy to add even more great tools and resources to my online business arsenal.
I now use both of these resources to build my online business.
I enjoy making money online because I can work from anywhere and on my own schedule, while still being able to take care of my health.
You Can Do It Too
So, why do I tell you all of this?
I share all of this with you, so you’ll know it’s possible to make money online and have total freedom from the 9-5 grind.
It takes time to build an online business, but it’s worth it to build either a side-income to supplement your full-time job or replace your job.
If you have found yourself in a similar situation to me or you simply want to get ahead of things and plan for the future, your goal going forward should be to not waste any more time.
Whether you love your job or hate your job, it’s always a good idea to have a Plan B to supplement your income or replace your income.
You never know what can happen with your job or even with your health.
Don’t waste time, like I did.
Just get started and keep going.
Do not dabble.
Take action now.
And most importantly, believe in yourself.
You can do it!
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