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Feb
20

40 Days to a Better Business: Day 1 – Scheduling

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40 Days to a Better Business

 

One of the questions that I get most often about working from home is how to get it all done. How does one person manage a household and a business at the same time?

I’m here to encourage you that it CAN be done. It’s a stretch at times, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy, right?

One thing that has helped me manage all of the laundry, cleaning, cooking, blogging, social media and other home and business chores is creating a schedule. Now, some of you reading think this is a no-brainer as maybe this comes naturally to you. Others of you are like me – kicking and screaming that the whole reason we work from home is the flexibility. We threw the schedule out the window when we quit the corporate world!

However, businesses and families alike work better with at least a rough outline of a schedule. Kids especially benefit from a more scheduled environment. When I began scheduling our weeks a bit, my kids responded to that with better attitudes and less acting out.

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Laura Markham says, “Children, like the rest of us, handle change best if it is expected and occurs in the context of a familiar routine.   A predictable routine allows children to feel safe, and to develop a sense of mastery in handling their lives.”

Just as kids respond to routine, I’ve found that my business behaves better with a schedule as well. The key is to find what works best for you, your business and your family. Don’t compare yourselves to everyone around you. Your life and your business will never look like theirs – because they are YOURS.

We spend too much of life trying to make ourselves fit into the perfect picture we think we see around us. What we really need to be doing is seeking Christ above all. And then working within how He created us to be the best stewards of what He has given us.

One thing that I have found works well for me is to set a day for everything. I’ve adapted this over the years to fit the seasons of my business and family life. Currently my days look something like this:

  • Mondays – Housework and laundry, writing in between, email catch-up from the weekend
  • Tuesdays – Grocery shopping and business tasks, writing and speaking prep
  • Wednesdays – Bible study (in season), marketing tasks
  • Thursdays – Business tasks as much as possible with playtime in between (when my kids are home from school)
  • Fridays – Take it Easy Day. Lunch with my husband or a friend. Business tasks as time allows.
  • Saturdays – Laundry … again. Cleaning with the help of my family.
  • Sundays – Church and a good, long nap

This is a pretty general overview. It may seem stuffy and boring on paper, but I can’t tell you how much this little schedule has saved my sanity. I keep a monthly calendar (similar to this but I get mine from Target’s Dollar Section) with the above list of items listed out and then I can add specific tasks and events on to each day.

Over the years, I’ve found that I need to see the whole month laid out in front of me. The personality and temperament that God has given include the need to build in quiet days. Too many days of too much activity and I get a little nutty.  🙂

The list and calendar system also mean that I know when I get up in the morning what I have ahead of me and I keep it all broken into manageable segments.

Again, the key is trying a few different things and finding what works for you. Don’t be afraid to scrap a system if it ends up being overwhelming or just simply not right for you.

A schedule CAN be your friend!

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