If you want to successfully work at home, there’s a monster you must defeat. No, not the cute monster you call your child, at least not every time you want to work. I’m talking about the monster known as procrastination, that gobbles up your work time in such insidious ways. If you want to beat this monster and be productive, you had better prepare.
Discover the Monster’s Lair
First you must figure out where your monster comes from. What makes you procrastinate?
Procrastination monsters love hanging around your children, and there’s only so much to be done at some ages about what procrastination children cause. You’re usually best off finding ways to work at times your kids are less likely to need your attention.
Procrastination monsters love your computer too, especially if you go to sites such as Facebook, Pinterest or anyplace where you can connect with friends or play games.
Whatever you do that leads to procrastination, do what you can to avoid it. You may not be able to entirely avoid the things that make you procrastinate. If you market on Facebook or Pinterest, for example, sometimes you will need to go on those sites, but need to find ways to keep your visits effective.
Think About Why You Want to Do What You Want to Do
It’s not enough to know what makes you procrastinate. You need to know why you want to work. What makes this important to you?
Plan to Defeat the Monster
The procrastination monster has difficulty interfering with a well planned day. Set goals, know what tasks you need to get done, and what times you do your best work. Commit to getting them done and avoiding the things that make procrastination easier than working. Make your goals something you can reach in a reasonable time as well as longer range goals. Daily goals have as much a place in your plans as annual goals.
Many people find it helpful to write their goals down. There’s something about checking things off a list that can be very motivating.
Consider finding an accountability partner. It’s much harder for the procrastination monster to get you if you have a friend to help you keep on track. No one likes to say “I wasn’t productive today” to someone who really cares how well you did.
Review Your Progress
Take a look at how you’re doing. Are you reaching your goals? Is the procrastination monster winning or losing? Some things are going to work for you. Some things aren’t. Looking at your progress can help you figure out what still needs to change.
Review your progress regularly. What works at one point may not work in the future for you.