Recipes for Productivity
"When you're not training, your competition is."
My high school track coach lived by this quote.
He loved reminding me that when I was pretty much exhausted from sprints and he wanted that extra mile in. I would roll my eyes when he'd say it, but deep inside I knew he was right.
In order to be ready for that track meet against our rivals, I needed to practice.
Practice when I didn't feel like it until I felt like it. And you know what I gained from that? Perseverance.
Perseverance is not giving up; even when it gets hard.
So, what does this kind of training look like when you don't necessarily have a sports tournament? How do we, as business owners, mommas, stay at home wives, etc. gain perseverance, especially when we don't have someone telling us what to do?
It's been two months since I've gone full time, and I will be the first to admit that this whole "being a full time small business owner" is no joke!
There have been many days in which I have questioned my decision of quitting my day job and have found myself entertaining the thought of even going back to work.
And when I think about going back to work, I get all kinds of chills because I know that it's not for me.
I will confess that most times in which I question and doubt my decision of quitting, is usually when I'm feeling uncomfortable and not really feeling my best.
But you and I know the saying,
Nothing good comes from your comfort zone.
As I continue to walk through this transition, I'd love to share with you the good, bad, and ugly parts of this process; so today I will be sharing with you three tips that have been helping me be productive and soak up my new role as a stay at home wife and small business owner.
1. Schedule Sundays
Sundays tend to be the day in which I have the most free time to plan for the week ahead. So I take at least one hour of the day to dedicate a couple goals to the next seven days. I use my craftsposure planner (which I love, highly recommend, and plan on getting next year) to write out my weekly goals, from business down to my motivational quote or scripture verse to cling to that week.
2. My Mondays
It didn't take long enough for me to realize that being a small business owner doesn't necessarily mean that I should be working 24/7.
There were so many tasks and distractions in my home where I'd find myself too overwhelmed to get anything done.
So my Mondays are exactly what the bold print says. They are dedicated for me, myself, and I.
That doesn't mean I'm sleeping all day.
I usually wake up around 9ish on Mondays and head to Zumba class. Get some some household chores done, answer emails, cook, and prepare myself for the following work days at home. (and sometimes sneak a nap in.) So pretty much, Mondays are used to clear any distractions that may be in the way from my productivity on the next couple of days.
3. Teamwork Thursdays
As an introvert, it was truly a blessing to be able to work from home. (selfishly at least)
But again, it didn't take long to realize that my days were becoming less productive and more draining. By the end of the day I had absolutely no motivation to get anything done.
As much as I loved the convenience of being home, I would easily get distracted by any mess that was in my home or I would easily climb on to my bed rather than get to my desk.
I needed accountability, and a whole lot of it.
So I have been working really hard to practice and pursue community. So, for the past couple weeks I have been attending Zumba classes early in the morning, and I also take two days out of the week to work outside of home. Thursdays I meet up with my sweet friend who also recently went full time, and together we work on our small lists, or feed ideas to each other. Overall it's a sweet time because I know I'm being held accountable on my productivity while also enjoying some good company.
I can admit that during this season has been full of growing pains all while watching those small rose buds begin to bloom. It's not about getting to that final destination, but soaking up every good and bad experience in the midst of it. And using those moments and lessons to shape the way you will view the journey.
Hold the vision, and trust the process.