When you work from home building an online business, juggling work-life balance can be the most challenging part of your day. But, is perfectionism ruining your work-life balance?
It’s already hard enough to find that balance between your work and the rest of your life, but if you are also a perfectionist, then finding proper work-life balance may seem totally out of reach.
This is because perfectionists need everything they do to be done just as they have envisioned it and working for yourself is already a roller coaster ride on some days.
Between managing interruptions and trying to set boundaries between business and personal, being a perfectionist just complicates things more.
Why is this the case?
It’s because perfectionists create extremely high and unrealistic standards for themselves.
Unfortunately, this can get in the way of proper work-life balance.
Productivity tanks when you’re dealing with perfectionism.
Instead of doing a job well enough in two hours, you’ll take six hours just trying to get it perfect.
This extra time is lost for the sake of an incredibly slight increase in quality.
When you lose all this time trying to make things perfect, that time will be coming out of your personal life.
You’ll be spending too much time working on your online business and not enough time with your family and friends.
Perfectionism can be a major source of stress.
A lot of the time, the goal you work toward with perfectionism is unattainable.
Truly getting something perfect isn’t usually possible anyway, which can be frustrating.
Additionally, the time consumption can stress you out.
Even if you don’t get stressed by the actual work in your online business, spending hours and hours fighting just to get it perfect is going to make you stressed and worried.
In order to avoid being a perfectionist, you need to think about things differently.
If you were to put the quality of your work on a scale from 1 to 100, you might normally finish a job at a 90 or even a 95.
Taking double the time to get the work from a 90 to a 93 isn’t worth it, logically speaking.
It’s a waste of time to try to improve on what’s already good and to try to chase an impossible level of perfection.
You end up reaching diminishing returns.
Now if you have ample time in your day, and your work-life balance is already satisfactory, then you might spend extra time on something.
But your goal is to enjoy life…not just struggle and certainly not to aim for perfection.
The whole point of building an online business is not just to be financially free, but it’s to have personal freedom.
That’s really what the income brings…the ability to do what you want, when you want.
In other words Freedom.
Spending extra hours behind the computer just to make things perfect is not really freedom.
So, instead of digging in your heels, leave the job alone when it’s done well enough and go focus on something else in your life.
It might be another separate work project in your online business or it might be something personal.
Overcoming perfectionism can be hard, because it’s often instilled from a young age.
Take baby steps towards being content with slightly imperfect work.
Learn to not worry about the idea of achieving perfection.
Once you learn to let go of your perfectionist ideas, you’ll save so much time on your work and be much more productive in your online business.
You’ll also be able to spend more time working on other things in your life that are important to you.
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My Online Journey
You don’t know me.
I’m not some flashy internet marketing “guru” with my name and face all over the internet.
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 talk more about this over on my Recommended Resources page listed under Resources #1 and #2.
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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