Stay focus and don’t get distracted is my motto that I use whenever I chat with any new people who wish to take part in entrepreneurial in the real world or online business.
I have seen so many people doing business whether in real estate or retail or online etc, and they gave up the moment things don’t go their way. Ladies and gentlemen, life is never a bed of roses, and it doesn’t come easy. To win or be successful, you have to make some sacrifices be it time, money and other resources.
I have been in retail business since 2009, and I must admit there are so many distractions along the way. As one of the haircut retail chain shops owner, I have to constantly seek ways to maximise my productivity or simply to increase revenue for my business. Often times, I realised my discussions within my team always revolve the same old issues and we had been trying to break out of the issues so that we can move ahead to do something bigger but it’s easier said than done. So, my conclusion is better to stay where our value-add is or our strength lies.
Real world – retail business
I have been running my haircut retail chain for around 6.5 years and along the way my team wanted to move away from haircut to eateries. So, we explored opportunities like fast-food type of making and selling dumplings to selling south-east Asian food in Hong Kong. After exploring for a number of months, we found out that our skills set are not meant for other types of business so we rather put our focus back in core business and look for ways to grow in that area for the time being. There are other ways to grow the business besides going to other trades like expanding into neighbouring territory or form a joint-venture with an overseas partner etc.
Often times, I see many bloggers or people in online business tend to move from one program to another. I am not saying it is wrong but we wasted too much time learning other programs and overlooked what is the main objective for online business. Bear in mind, we need to always align ourselves what is the main purpose and what we need to achieve at the end of the day. I admit there are many lots of other seemingly attractive online programs out there and maybe some of them are legitimate, but I noticed the successful ones versus the failures is a fine line drawn where they are very focused and discipline. Though they may explore other online programs but I believe they are very quick to either accept the new online program or they quickly throw them away as those programs were not aligned with their overall strategy.
One thing I noticed about people working at home. It is DISCIPLINE. It is so easy to take a break or play computer games or engross in social media thus forgetting what we need to accomplish for the day. Thus, I have laid out a few key items hoping you will benefit from reading this post.
How to create a schedule when working at home
Set aside what you need to do for tomorrow
Every night I will spell out the things I need to do for tomorrow so that I can measure these goals by the end of the day and so whether it was accomplished. I know for certain if something crops up on that day then I may not be able to complete all the items but at least, I want to achieve 50% of the things I set out to do. Making sure the following day, I will complete the rest of the items.
Finding time that works for you
I am a morning person and I like to do my work in the morning so that I can spend the rest of the day doing other things. Usually, I will wake up in the morning to tick off the easy stuff like engaging in social media for 1 hour for the purpose of expanding my network. Once that is done, I will work on the main stuff like looking out for affiliate products or trying to look for influencers or looking for training via one of my favourite platform – Wealthy Affiliate.
Set a schedule and don’t procrastinate
Once you have figured out a work schedule for your online business you need to stick to it. It’s far too easy to not stay goal oriented and put in the time it takes to succeed when you don’t have a boss looking over your shoulder.
The problem with this is that once you start to make excuses and take days off you are likely to continue this trend and as a result you will become less productive. When you are trying to launch an online business, and make it successful, taking days off isn’t an option.
You need to work every day, and work hard if you want your business to succeed. Treat your online business like you would any other job you want to succeed at. Show up every day on time, and be prepared to work. If you don’t feel like working one day ask yourself if you would call in sick if you were working a regular job. If you aren’t honestly too sick to call in sick for a regular job, then you definitely aren’t too sick to work on your online business.
You also need to resist the urge to not work whenever something fun comes up. Just because you are your own boss doesn’t mean that there aren’t consequences if you are not a productive employee. The consequences here may not end up with you getting in trouble, they may end up in your online business failing.
Learning how to create a schedule when working from home on your online business is something that you absolutely must master if you want to have any chances to succeed.
If you are a procrastinator or have trouble staying on task then you need to think long and hard before you decide to start an online business. Can you overcome your natural tendencies and stay productive? Can you create a work schedule and make sure that you stick to it?
Hope this article help you in some ways.
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