Having your own home based direct sales business is a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to live the lifestyle you truly want but, as with any job, it can be stressful at times. Having your office and home in the same place can become difficult if you don’t create boundaries. Here are 5 ways to help create a stress free lifestyle as a work from home business owner:
1. Start your day as if you are going to the office:
When you work from home full time and your home and your office are one and the same, it is so easy to roll out of bed and head to your home office or desk space. Next thing you know it’s 3pm, you’re still in your pajamas, haven’t showered or eaten breakfast let alone lunch. This can make it feel like you have been working since the moment you woke up. When you get up, get ready for the day the same way you would if you had to head to the office. It will make your days run smoother and it will help create some separation between your work and personal life.
2. Create business hours for your work from home based business:
Creating business hours is essential to anyone who has a work from home based direct sales business. If you don’t create set hours you will find that you are working all the time at random times throughout the day. It is so easy to get swept up in “just one quick email” after dinner, or needing to finish a project before bed. One of the best things about owning your own home based direct sales business is the flexibility it gives you, but you have to create some boundaries to be truly be productive.
3. Have a plan in place for your day:
Plan out your day when you first sit down to start your work day. Make a list of what you want to achieve and what needs to be done to achieve it. This will help you organize tasks based on priority or timing of when they need to be done. If there are things you don’t get done or things that need to be addressed the next day, write them down before your day ends. Your work from home based direct sales business will run smoother if you are keeping your days organized.
4. Work while you are at work:
When you run your direct sales business out of your home, it is easy to get swept up in things like doing the dishes, throwing in a load of laundry, cleaning the house, etc. For your work from home direct sales business to be successful, you need to make sure you work during your “office” hours. It is easy to get distracted by the little things around the house that seem like quick projects, but it is important to put your work from home business first during your office hours.
5. Keep your office area clean:
Clutter kills productivity so keeping your work from home office area clean is imperative. When you finish working for the day, take 5 minutes to put papers, files, binders and other business supplies back in their rightful place. This way when you head back into your office you will feel inspired to dive into your work instead of stressed about trying to find your files or overwhelmed by the clutter. Also, if you don’t have a dedicated room for your office, make sure whatever room you are working in gets cleaned up at the end of the day.