c) Setting a Schedule: A basic schedule is essential.
Where babies and very small children are involved it can be challenging to
adhere to that schedule; that's a concept that they have not grasped yet but can
be trained as they get older. You, though, need to know what your goals are on a
given day because without a plan the day goes by and you've accomplished very
little in your business. It's been said that if you fail to set goals, you'll
reach them every time.
d) Managing yourself not just your
time: A proper diet and exercise are essential to function
properly in any situation. Many solo-professionals who have a home-based business I've spoken with find this a
challenge, and I often do as well. I'll get so caught up in what I'm doing that
I forget to eat, which leads to headaches. Unfortunately, this will only add to
your stress level and may result in health issues. Exercise engenders a feeling
of accomplishment and satisfaction and can create a sense of well-being that
allows you to find humor even in stressful situations.
Isolation: Many people love working alone. Others hate
it! They miss the rapport with co-workers, the water cooler chit-chats and jokes,
and face-to-face interactions with people. Depending on the type of home-based business
you're pursuing, you may not have regular interaction with people. Regardless of
how much we love our children, most of us crave adult conversation. If you work
with clients/customers mainly on the telephone, why not arrange to meet them in
person from time to time? If there are networking events in your area, why not
make arrangements so you can attend one or two each month?
home does not mean you have to control every situation instead learn the art of
delegation. Share responsibilities with other family members. You may also have
to learn to say 'no' especially when family members and relatives fail to
respect your time or appreciate that you have a business to run. Do not rely
only on just yourself and maintain a sense of humor.
I would love to hear
what you've found works best for you. How do you cope with stress as a
work-at-home professional? Please share your thoughts