Be The Boss Of You To Reduce Home Office Stress
Who doesn’t want to be their own boss? I am sure your hand shoots up every time someone asks you this question. But is being your own boss as easy as it sounds?
When you work for an employer, as long as you show up and do your work, you know you will get paid each week or month. This is not true when you are your own boss. You are responsible for keeping yourself busy with clients or customers in order to see that income. If you decide to slack off and not work as much, this will be reflected in your income, or lack of one. And if you have been working from home for some time now, you may have fallen victim to a strange phenomenon: the I’m-Not-The-Boss-Of-Me syndrome. You may have started out being the ‘boss of you’ in your home office, but since then have noticed some boss-worker lines getting blurred.
Perhaps you’re shrugging off responsibility for deadlines, or letting the office turn into a catch-all for the flotsam-and-jetsam of the house, or wandering into your home office only after reruns of your favorite show have ended. Or maybe you’re a tyrant boss, not allowing yourself any breaks or fun. Perhaps you are a boss who is not providing your employee with the tools needed to get the job done properly. No matter what’s happening, the balance has tilted uncomfortably.
These scenarios are not unusual. As a matter of fact, most work-at-home people find themselves at one point lapsing into a routine that is not conducive to productivity and a good working environment. The employer-employee relationship is strained. Pulling yourself up by the boot straps and getting back to work takes some re-thinking of your employer-employee relationship.
In order to run your own business and be in control of your income you need to put a few things into place first.
Marketing & Business Plan
If you don’t have some type of business plan you are going to be lost right out of the gate. Not having a plan means that you don’t have a plan of action for each day. Instead of working you may find yourself staring at your computer screen or surfing the web for hours at a time. By the end of the day, you may be tired, but you have been totally unproductive.
Your first step is to start formulating a business plan. This can consist of setting goals for income, creating products, and building a mailing list. Write out your goals and place them somewhere you can see them each day.
To Do Lists
Having a to-do list is a great way to keep yourself productive. Each morning you will know what tasks or items have to be tackled. You won’t waste time in figuring out what to do either. Your productivity levels will increase and this will actually help you free up time.
Planning in Advance
While this can be part of your business plan, you want to work out your personal plans in advance too. If you like to take time off at Christmas or in the summer then it is important to plan well in advance for this.
By planning and scheduling your work, you can easily take time off and still earn money while you are away from your home office. It is important to take time off to spend with your family while building your business.
Being your own boss means you are wearing all types of hats. You need to perform customer service, market your business, develop relationships, find customers and clients and more. If this sounds like a challenge you would enjoy, then you could just be ready to be your own boss!
Let’s take a look at a few things the Boss (you) can do for the Employee (you) to relieve stress and get your home office running smoothly again.
Time Management Tools
The home office environment has some unique time management hurdles to clear. Everyone stresses when time is not being used well. Deadlines are missed and you have to answer to your clients at the same time you’re trying to figure out how to motivate yourself to get the job done. As both the boss and the employee, you have some serious decisions to make.
Start by providing yourself with the best time management tools* you can find. There are many programs and applications for tracking productivity to help identify the areas that need work. Keep track of tasks and the time it takes to do them and you’ll soon understand where to focus and make changes.
Every good boss knows how valuable time away from the desk can be. Employees, especially dedicated employees like you, often work long hours, skipping lunch and breaks to get a project done. The fact is, when working without a break the quality of the work suffers. Clarity and focus are lost as the brain gets stuck in slow-motion.
As your boss, you need to remind yourself that you are not a machine. Step outside and take a little walk. Fresh air can work wonders on the creative juices. If you need to, set a timer for breaks, lunch, and, yes, even the end of the work day.
All work and no play makes for a very unhappy crew. When you are both the boss and the employee, it can be difficult to remember to have a laugh or two during the day. Your boss-self is driving you to work, work, work, while your employee-self is all in trying to make the boss happy.
Find something funny to read or watch each and every day. In fact, schedule yourself a ‘laugh break’ so you don’t forget. It is the job of the boss to set the tone for the office, so go ahead, boss, get that laugh memo out to yourself and enjoy some giggles.
Creating a work environment in your home office when you are both the boss and employee can be a challenge. Taking a look at your work day schedule from both perspectives is the only way to keep both you and your boss happy. Yes, you ARE the boss of you so treat yourself like the valuable employee you are.