Mindset, Learning, Collaboration

Mindset Reset

Mindset Reset

We all know how business can be stressful.

Stress can manifest itself in a short temper, fear, lack of creativity and can lead to health problems. One of the tools against stress it meditation. A simple technique that I have learned is to find a quiet place without distraction and count 21 breaths, don’t focus on how you are breathing just the breaths. If things come in your thoughts just acknowledge them and let them go. You are aiming at nothing except the breath count. What you are doing is slowing the racing brain, the monkey brain which is full of chatter. If you haven’t got there by 21 breaths, try it in further groups of 7 breaths. Once there just breath. Once you are relaxed, start to think of the things that really matter in your life and business. Focus your meditation on those real problems and develop a way forward. In this way, you are being positive while counting stress. There have been thousands of studies about the benefits of meditation perhaps these techniques will help you!

Andrew
Half of the Anywhere Business Network

Dimensional Leadership

Dimensional Leadership… whats that?

Did you know when you are in a business that you are a leader!

You can be autocratic but if you want to encourage people to come back you are offering service to your clients. An appropriate model to use may be a servant leadership model, otherwise, known as servant leadership! In addition, you may have weaknesses when it comes to leadership… I do and I try and minimize those by working with people who have those skills.

What exactly are those dimensions of servant leadership?. Broadly speaking there are 6 dimensions:
1.Vision and Values
2. Direction
3. Persuasion
4. Support
5. Development
6. Appreciation

In order to find out where you are you can map those values on a scale of 1 to 5 when you apply them to yourself.

Find a quiet place and think of a project you would like to develop. Then apply the values based on how you would carry out the task. What are you strong with? What are your weaknesses?

I know that I have weaknesses and I try to facilitate overcoming them by obtaining mentors, role models to follow and learn! In that way, I can better serve my clients!

Andrew
One Half of the Anywhere Business Network Team

Change and Setting Goals

Well, change and goals, the challenge of human existence! When it comes to change you are better armed when you practice the daily skills of learning a new skill and setting goals for yourself! My Business partner is busy undertaking a daily routine towards personal objectives!

There are a number of steps to complete to successfully complete a goal whether it is personal or in business.

  1. Set a SMART goal
  2. Research the steps needed to complete it
  3. Incorporate it into your daily routine
  4. Review progress by setting milestones
  5. Thank yourself for doing the daily routine
  6. Have positive feelings inside as a result of doing the tasks towards the objective!

Without good feelings and the warmth associated with them, your buy-in towards the goal is less!

In respect of business goals we have a wealth of information available to you on our website, Have a look and I am sure any learning you do will assist you with change!

 

Andrew

Half Anywhere Business Network

Is there a future in retail?

There is a revolution going on with retail at the moment! Big box retailers dominate the scene in small towns right across New Zealand (and around the world) creating a wasteland in the main streets of our towns full of empty shops. The retailers have created a generic selling experience where people can buy inexpensive goods 8.00am to 9.00pm seven days a week. Pinterest is 24/7 and one of the biggest online shopping malls in the world. These retailers are providing instant gratification at a place near you!

Have you ever thought about how you could complete with these online mega retailers? Let me look at the components of what and how they are selling:

1.       Choice- Instant gratification by providing choice

2.       Ease- Easy of payment and delivery

3.       Experience- Getting you into the zone with a shopping experience choice

Completing against this is not such a daunting a task! There are steps that you can take to get one up on the competition:

1.       Niche-Determine a niche market that you could service with goods

2.       Market research- Find out what needs you could satisfy within that niche.

3.      Engage-In order to build trust with your niche and provide a selling experience, you have to engage with your niche market.

4.       Trust- become trusted within you niche by becoming an authority

5.       Establish effective systems- Put into effect sales systems which will allow you do deliver on your sales and service

Ultimately you will need 3 things-

  1. Your mindset communications have to reach out to that niche so you are meeting their mind, showing empathy and understanding in respect of their needs by explaining the qualities of the goods or services you are selling!
  2. You have to give an experience that will reach further than the big box and do it online!
  3. You can start learning the skills needed for this today! To find out more contact us!

If you need more skills and want to continue to earn while you learn-

We are always interested in your feedback.

Andrew Elphick and Kerri Bainbridge, Anywhere Business Network

4 easy steps to success for 2018

2018 is going to be an awesome year for you! Why not make it even better!!!!!! Ask yourself these questions:

1.       Where is your Time Going?

Have a look at what you are doing in business and starting asking the question is productivity resulting? If nothing will result from the activity stop it! You are wasting valuable time!

2.       How is your cash flow?

Can you identify at a glance how much you owe, won and have available for your needs at any given time? Chances are you may need to upgrade your accounting systems!

3.       What does your marketing Achieve?

What is your return on investment from marketing? What is working what isn’t? Are systems in place to track your marketing effort?

4.       Breathe and take more time for yourself!

Chances are that this may have not been a priority in the past! This is a golden opportunity to make a change!

Establishing a set of values to carry you into the next year and to be created are a foundation for knowledge so you can develop feeling and emotions that match where you want to be! A paradigm shift in mindset is what you want to achieve in your motivation!

Planning your business and personal goals for the year may assist you with your own buy-in!

Spend the time planning!

Feedback is appreciated!

You can follow us on facebook or our website!

Andrew

Five-Minute Decluttering Tips to Start Conquering Your Mess

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

When your home is filled with clutter, trying to tackle a mountain of stuff can be quite overwhelming.

So here’s my advice: start with just five minutes. Baby steps are important. Sure, five minutes won’t barely make a dent in your mountain, but it’s a start. Celebrate when you’ve made that start!

Then take another five minutes tomorrow. And another the next day. Before you know it, you’ll have cleared a whole closet or a room and then half your house and then … who knows? Maybe before long your house will be even more uncluttered than mine. We’ll have a challenge!

For those who are overwhelmed by their clutter, here are some great ways to get started, five minutes at a time.

  1. Designate a spot for incoming papers. Papers often account for a lot of our clutter. This is because we put them in different spots — on the counter, on the table, on our desk, in a drawer, on top of our dresser, in our car. No wonder you  can’t find anything! Designate an in-box tray or spot in your home (or at your office, for that matter) and don’t put down papers anywhere but that spot. Got mail? Put it in the inbox. Got school papers? Put it in the inbox. Receipts, warranties, manuals, notices, flyers? In the inbox! This one little change can really transform your paperwork.
  2. Clear off a counter. You want to get your house so that all flat spaces are clear of clutter. Maybe they have a toaster on them, maybe a scented candle, but not a lot of clutter. So start with one counter. Clear off everything possible, except maybe one or two essential things. Have a mixer you haven’t used for ages? Put it in the cupboard! Clear off all papers and all the other junk you’ve been tossing on the counter too.
  3. Pick a shelf. Now that you’ve done a counter, try a shelf. It doesn’t matter what shelf. Could be a shelf in a closet, or on a bookshelf. Don’t tackle the whole bookshelf — just one shelf. Clear all non-essential things and leave it looking neat and clutter-free.
  4. Schedule a decluttering weekend. Maybe you don’t feel like doing a huge decluttering session right now. But if you take the time to schedule it for later this month, you can clear your schedule, and if you have a family, get them involved too. The more hands pitching in, the better. Get boxes and trash bags ready, and plan a trip to a charity to drop off donated items. You might not get the entire house decluttered during the weekend, but you’ll probably make great progress.
  5. Pick up 5 things, and find places for them. These should be things that you actually use, but that you just seem to put anywhere, because they don’t have good places. If you don’t know exactly where things belong, you have to designate a good spot. Take a minute to think it through — where would be a good spot? Then always put those things in those spots when you’re done using them. Do this for everything in your home, a few things at a time.
  6. Spend a few minutes visualizing the room. When I’m decluttering, take a moment to take a look at a room, and think about how you want it to look. What are the most essential pieces of furniture? What doesn’t belong in the room but has just gravitated there? What is on the floor (hint: only furniture and rugs belong there) now get rid of the rest.
  7. Create a “maybe” box. Sometimes when you’re going through a pile of stuff, you know exactly what to keep (the stuff you love and use) and what to trash or donate. But then there’s the stuff you don’t use, but think you might want it or need it someday. You can’t bear to get rid of that stuff! So create a “maybe” box, and put this stuff there. Then store the box somewhere hidden, out of the way. Put a note on your calendar six months from now to look in the box. Then pull it out, six months later, and see if it’s anything you really needed. Usually, you can just dump the whole box, because you never needed that stuff.
  8. Put a load in your car for charity. If you’ve decluttered a bunch of stuff, you might have a “to donate” pile that’s just taking up space in a corner of your room. Take a few minutes to box it up and put it in your trunk. Then tomorrow, drop it off.
  9. Create a 30-day list. The problem with decluttering is that we can declutter our butts off (don’t actually try that — it’s painful) but it just comes back because we buy more stuff. So fight that tendency by nipping it in the bud: don’t buy the stuff in the first place. Take a minute to create a 30-day list, and every time you want to buy something that’s not absolutely necessary (and no, that new Macbook Air isn’t absolutely necessary), put it on the list with the date it was added to the list. Make a rule never to buy anything (except necessities) unless they’ve been on the list for 30 days. Often you’ll lose the urge to buy the stuff and you’ll save yourself a lot of money and clutter.
  10. Teach your kids where things belong. This only applies to the parents among us, of course, but if you teach your kids where things go, and start teaching them the habit of putting them there, you’ll go a long way to keeping your house uncluttered. Of course, they won’t learn the habit overnight, so you’ll have to be very very patient with them and just keep teaching them until they’ve got it. And better yet, set the example for them and get into the habit yourself.
  11. Set up some simple folders. Sometimes our papers pile up high because we don’t have good places to put them. Create some simple folders with labels for your major bills and similar paperwork. Put them in one spot. Your system doesn’t have to be complete, but keep some extra folders and labels in case you need to quickly create a new file.
  12. Learn to file quickly. Once you’ve created your simple filing system, you just need to learn to use it regularly. Take a handful of papers from your pile, or your inbox, and go through them one at a time, starting from the top paper and working down. Make quick decisions: trash them, file them immediately, or make a note of the action required and put them in an “action” file. Don’t put anything back on the pile, and don’t put them anywhere but in a folder (and no cheating “to be filed” folders!) or in the trash/recycling bin.
  13. Pull out some clothes you don’t wear. As you’re getting ready for work, and going through your closet for something to wear, spend a few minutes pulling out ones you haven’t worn in a few months. If they’re seasonal clothes, store them in a box. Get rid of the rest. Do this a little at a time until your closet (and then your drawers) only contains stuff you actually wear.
  14. Clear out your medicine cabinet. If you don’t have one spot for medicines, create one now. Go through everything for the outdated medicines, the stuff you’ll never use again, the dirty-looking bandages, the creams that you’ve found you’re allergic to, the ointments that never had an effect on your energy or your eye wrinkles. Simplify to the essential.
  15. Pull everything out of a drawer. Just take the drawer out and empty it on a table. Then sort the drawer into three piles: 1) stuff that really should go in the drawer; 2) stuff that belongs elsewhere; 3) stuff to get rid of. Clean the drawer out nice, then put the stuff in the first pile back neatly and orderly. Deal with the other piles immediately!
  16. Learn to love the uncluttered look. Once you’ve gotten an area decluttered, you should take the time to enjoy that look. Make that your standard! Learn to hate clutter! Then catch clutter and kill it wherever it crops up.

“We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.” – Donald Horban

Hope this helps???

Kerri Bainbridge

One half of the Anywhere Team NZ

How can you benefit from employee engagement?

Whether you are an employee, self employed or employer, you will be able to identify with the word engagement. The term employee engagement is a term we all need to regognise. Its what motivates us. It is my hope you will reflect on how you can apply this to your work life.

Employee engagement is not an exact science. To determine what strategies to use we tend to use our own experience, positive psychology and a good amount of research into what is working well in other businesses.

At the core of employee engagement, similar to any company’s foundation, are some values. Company values determine the why, how and what of that company. Similarly, personal values are the why, how and what that drives their engagement with the company.

One of the things new research suggests enhances engagement is value congruence. Value congruence is the extent to which the individual can behave at work consistent with his or her own self-image. It is very difficult to experience meaningfulness in your work if you are expected to behave in ways that are inconsistent with your values. When employees find that their role expectations require behaviours that they feel are inappropriate for their preferred self-image, they feel devalued, taken advantage of, and less willing to give themselves to their work roles.

So, after doing some research on ideas which may assist managers in need of some inspiration to engage their employees here are 10 ideas I liked:

1.  Reward for alignment of company values

Reward staff where they demonstrate alignment with the company’s values. This could be as simple as a bar of chocolate for every person nominated by a member of staff or it could be every month and based on a process.

2. Team values

When you set your own game rules playing can be a lot more fun. Team synergy is not an easy objective to attain, and takes time. However, it is essential to your team objectives and to the overall output of the team. Having teams create a team culture, based on 2-3 commonly agreed values or ground rules can help nurture and speed up that process.

3. Encourage personal projects

Give employees a 1-2 h/ day window to pursue their own projects. Having people from different departments connecting and bouncing ideas can help get a new perspective. Projects and initiatives can get new directions, encouraging a creativity and energy flow that would only benefit the rest of the working hours.

4. Assign a buddy/mentor for every newcomer

An important part of the onboarding process is having someone answer some really important questions. Questions that someone may hesitate to ask their manager. Building a trustworthy relationship with someone with more experience in that company can help guide the newcomer. This way he or she can better adapt and grow part of the team.

5. Have team photos

Have photos of your team on a wall, or frame them around the office. Group photos, funny photos, events photos or random photos “snapped” when people weren’t watching. It’s a cultural element that can encourage and foster work relationships and employee engagement.

6. Encourage charity

Encourage teams to “team up” and raise money for that cause. The cause must be aligned with the company values. Alternatively, encourage individuals to nominate charities for which the Company will make a donation if they can show that the charities values align with the Company.

Better yet, encourage employees to apply to have a day to work for a charity. The application to have a day off to work for their chosen charity must explain how the charities value and the employees’ values align with the Company values to make it a win-win. The employee will receive their normal days’ pay.

7. Raise salaries or pay a bonus

Bear with me!

How much does it cost your business to recruit and train someone? How much time does it take managers and HR to hire a new employee?

Customers invest in their relationships with your staff too. How much does it cost in lost business when customers lose confidence in the business due to staff turnover and don’t come back. A company can reduce costs, increased revenues and improved the customer experience by developing employees to be more inspired and engaged. Use this cost saving and reward employees with an annual increase or service bonus.

8. Celebrate achievements- the glue

Big or small, they are the solid proof that the work people are putting in has meaning. No one can go through tasks and assignments for months, or even years without burning out. Refill their energy tanks with some recognition and celebrate their hard work. This is also a great way to glue together teams.

9. Celebrate people

A card on their birthdays, a morning tea for a retirement, a ceremony to welcome newcomers….there are plenty of important moments of showing them that they matter..

10.   Get answers from your employees as well

Last but not least…This is related to feedback but it’s more of an indirect feedback. Employee surveys are a great way to monitor and analyse your teams and the overall workspace. You’ll get some essential information into what works and what you can improve.

Start with these 10 employee engagement ideas and build on that. Whether you have employees or you are an employee, the benfits of engagement in what you are doing and aligning it with your values will determine how happy you are in your work.

If you have any other ideas share them with us.

Link- COMPANIES SUCH AS GOOGLE AND VIRGIN ARE PRIME EXAMPLES OF EXTRAORDINARY EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT REAPING REAL BENEFITS. FIND OUT HOW THESE, AND OTHER LEADING COMPANIES, ARE GETTING THE MOST OUT OF THEIR EMPLOYEES. http://www.managers.org.uk/insights/news/2015/december/six-companies-that-get-employee-engagement-and-what-they-do-right

Kerri Bainbridge

One half of the Anywhere Business Team NZ

Management tips-Motivation

I interviewed Lisa Martin. I asked her about what motivates her. Lisa explained that she has been motivated by the desire to be successful and strive excellence in everything she does!

Lisa’s main message is that self-actualisation can be achieved once basic needs have been taken care of. Self-actualisation is best explained as achieving personal and business success. This is best illustrated by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as follows:

Ex Wikipedia

These are basic human needs as “the full realization of one’s potential”, and of one’s ‘true self that is in essence self-actualisation.

Lisa founded GoFi8ure in 2002, after recognizing a need for efficient, accurate, mobile and on-site financial administration and accounts management for small businesses operating in the greater Wellington region.
Through Lisa’s vision and hard work, GoFi8ure continues to grow currently with 12 staff in 3 locations geographical spread around New Zealand. Since GoFi8ure ’s inception the number of staff has steadily increased, resulting in a team with a wide variety of skills. These skills, both unique and diverse, work together with Lisa’s training and unwavering commitment to her business and clients to give you more effective financial solutions.

We can help with business planning that you can motivate yourself with this.

We are always looking for comment complete the feedback!

You can follow us on facebook or at our website!

Andrew

Half of the Anywhere Business Network

The importance of a clearly defined workspace

 Put on your work hat

It is very important to have a clearly defined workspace where you can put all your work stuff when you work from home. Somewhere where you can get in the zone and put on your work hat. When you get up in the morning to go to the office you need to be able to clearly walk into your workspace.

You also need to have a place for all your papers and files. You need a dedicated workstation that ideally doesn’t double as a “play” computer for the family. If this happens you will always feel your space is being invaded.

When you walk away from “work” at the end of the day, being able to close up the office is important too or you will always pulled towards checking one more email.

Home office clearly defined workspace

Here are some suggestions for making the space your own:

Office in a space in a room that can be shut up when you are not there.

Office in a space in a room that can be shut up when you are not there.

Office in a separate room

Office in a separate room

Office in a sleep out or out building

Office in a sleep out or out building

 

 

 

 

 

Check out other ideas in Pinterest.

Next: making most of your time

 

Kerri Bainbridge

Home Business Coach

Digital Kickstart

Anywhere Team NZ

How do I get the knowledge about social media?

gaining knowledge of social mediaThe best thing to do is to learn about all the ways to market on the internet because most people are searching online before they buy these days and you want to be seen by your audience. This is not a matter of reading an article and then you know it all. Markets need to be tested and you need to understand how to be effective. This takes time. If you don’t want to be bothered with it, you can hire someone to do it for you. I recently had someone offer to do this for me. This is how much it was going to cost me:

$299 one off fee, no contract so could cancel when I wanted.

$85 per month

$15 per week, minimum in advertising on one social media platform

I said thanks but no thanks. I know can invest $135 NZD per month in myself to learn all these skills with the Digital Business Lounge and be mentored by those who are experts at Six Figure Mentors.

Your options are:

  1. Pay someone to do social media for you.
  2. Learn yourself.

Where to?

  1. Digital Kickstart

If you want to go through your options then book a one-on-one session with me and we’ll see what option is right for you, your business and your budget.

Digital Kickstart is a product of Anywhere Business Network. Kickstart your digital marketing journey with an hour one to one session with Kerri.

This is an intensive one-on-one consultation giving you insights into digital media specifically for your business. This consultation is held with Kerri Bainbridge via the online Zoom Meeting platform.

Kerri will:

  • help you identify your target market
  • review your current online presence
  • help you understand the digital media tools that would benefit your business
  • provide you with a summary of the session notes
  • provide you with an action plan from the session discussion.

Book your session today -click here to confirm your payment has been made and your available times.  This session costs $100.00

2. Check out the FREE 7 day video series that will introduce you to the Digital Experts Academy. This is an online, self paced learning platform that helps you to earn while you learn. Get one month free and try it out. You have nothing to loose.

Next: How do you communicate with your audience on social media?

Kerri Bainbridge

Home Business Coach

Digital Kickstart

Anywhere Team NZ

Being productive in your home office 

To-Do-ListIn my first blog I suggested you have a diary. This is your first tool. Google has a great diary app for smart phones that will sink with your home computer. You will always know what appointments you have. Now you need a to-do-list.

To-do-list

 Step 1- choose a medium

If you like to use paper and pen then making a list is going to work for you. If you like to use an electronic system you will find there are lots of options. Just choose one and get started.

Step 2 -analyse the list

When you do your first ever list just do a dump of all you can think of. Then once you have made your list check it over and write beside each:

  1. Do immediately-If a task feeds my priorities, my time is justified.
  2. Delegate– Someone else can and should do these to save me time. Even micro-business owners can benefit from an intern or temp.
  3. Drop– ask yourself,“will this make money for me right now or anytime in the future? Does it fulfil my current priorities?”If the answer is no, dump it.
  4. Defer -Some items might appeal but aren’t time-sensitive or high-priority. Delay them to a more convenient time.

You may now have to start your list again. This is where an electronic system will save you time but if you don’t have one just get on and make your new list. See the next step about how to do this.

Step 3- Prioritise the list

This is your main list and will be added to from time to time that will be the basis for your daily to-do-list. You will need 2 columns. Column 1 sets its priority and the second one lists the task.

Stephen Covey developed a quadrant into which to priories your tasks.

Urgent and important Important but not urgent
Urgent but not important Not important and not urgent

Go here to read more about that: https://www2.usgs.gov/humancapital/documents/TimeManagementGrid.pdf

Step 4- Write today’s to-do list

Once you have your master list you can write todays list. Have 2 columns. The first column will have a number in it to indicate in which order you will do the tasks. The second column will be the task. Any tasks you don’t get done today need to be transferred to tomorrows list at the end of the day. You can add to tomorrows list from the main list. Be realistic and always refer back to step 2 and 3 when deciding what goes onto the main list and the daily list.

Next blog: Why use Social Media ?

Kerri Bainbridge

Home Business Coach

Digital Kickstart

Anywhere Team NZ

Setting goals and having a plan

Many who work from home have other income coming into the household from a partner so the amount of money generated is not always important. If it is your sole income for example you may feel more pressure about this.

It is still important no matter how much you are making to work efficiently. This will give you a sense of achievement and purpose. Without goals you may spend more hours than you need to working on your business and achieving very little.

There is a tendency to feel like you can never get away from work when you work from home because it’s always there. There’s always one more thing to do. Today I want to talk about goals.

Goals

If you haven’t sat down and written down the goals you have for your business, then you need to do that now. When you are selling anything it seems impossible to predict how much you will sell since you cannot control the economy or how people spend their money. But you have to start with a goal. There are many great books, websites and blogs about this so start by investing time in working out what you are trying to achieve. I recommend a few on our website.

Your goals should be SMART -Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Time bound

It’s a good idea to set business and personal goals since the reason for you working from home is often motivated by your personal goals.

Goal Example: It might look like this for a T-shirt business

Make $x per month selling 50 t-shirts through my online shop.

Business plan

Next you need a plan. Here’s a free business survey to help you get started. You now have to have a plan for making this goal come to reality. You need to know you’re your strengths, weaknesses, risks and opportunities are. You need to plan for marketing and taxes. You need to plan for production time and delivery. Once you have done this planning your will know if your goal is realistic and achievable.

Invest time in yourself every day to become an efficient entrepreneur.

Kerri Bainbridge

Anywhere Team New Zealand

Coming up in my next blog find out how to manage the distractions of working from home.

Doing personal stuff during work hours?

Working from home

Yesterday I talked about the importance of having a diary and setting your core business hours to ensure your home business has the time and attention it deserves.

But what if something comes up and you need to do something personal in your business hours? That’s easy. This is benefit of working for yourself. Being flexible is one of the biggest perks.

Mark yourself as “busy” in your diary

Any person in business will tell you that when you run a diary it’s as easy as marking yourself out as “busy” in your diary when you have either business or personal things to attend to. Nobody will know that you are not just busy on the business. Think about it. If you were a real estate agent. Most people would expect you to be available when they want to go an inspect a house but you can’t be available if you are already with a client can you. So why is it any different if you are unavailable for any other reason? It shouldn’t be.

Altering your work/life balance

In saying all this. If you do too much personal stuff in your core work hours your business will suffer and you will feel you are not achieving much. So, it is important not to schedule lots of personal things during your core work hours. Make it a rule you don’t do it often. You may have to do some extra hours on another day to make up for these hours but you don’t need to let any else know about it. It will be more efficient if you don’t. If the time you allocate to do the “make-up” hours is when others normally expect you to catch up with them, you just use the same tact with them. You are doing something else and make a different time to see them. If you have too many “make up “hours to do you will find your work/life balance suffers. You will be stressed with the kids for interrupting you and you are likely to mistakes.

In summary:

If you were working for a boss, you would have set hours but you would negotiate with your boss for time off and either take paid/unpaid time or make up the hours. Treat your core business hours the same in a home business.

  • One of the perks of working from home is that you can be flexible and fit in personal things
  • The problem with doing personal things during business hours is you alter the work/life balance you have created when you set up your ideal work hours

In my next blog: the importance of a clearly defined workspace.

Kerri Bainbridge

Anywhere Team New Zealand

Is it possible to have a work/life balance?

Work/Life balanceIf you are like me, the idea of working from home is very appealing. Setting your own hours, no commute and time for the things that are important to me. I have worked from home for 12 years and it has given me the freedom and flexibility to work around my growing family. This flexibility has also come at cost. Finding a job that can be done from home that pays the bills (and more) is not always easy and I haven’t always been efficient with my time.

If you work from home too or want to, you might imagine that working from home means you could easily work around the kids, fit in social time with friends and family, and exercise too? Let’s look at this a bit closer at this work/life balance.

What are the distractions? Here are just a few:

  • Friends wanting to catch up for coffee
  • Sick children
  • Household chores
  • Running errands
  • Paying bills
  • Gardening
  • The dog needs a walk
  • Going to the gym

Achieving a work/life balance

Having a work/life balance is possible when you work from home. If you are going to achieve your goals of running a successful business from home, you need to set goals and manage the distractions that some with working from home. In this series of blogs, I am going to show you how to run a successful business from home. Stay with me. Next up I look at setting goals and having a plan. The following blob will be on managing distractions.

Kerri Bainbridge

Anywhere Team NZ

Managing the distractions

1Working from home

In my second blog I talked about the kinds of distractions you might experience when working from home. These are the things that will prevent you from achieving your goals. So, how do you manage these distractions? It is going to take more than one blog post to cover all this so I aim to do a few of these to help you out.

Make sure you have a diary in which you set up some core hours you will dedicate to your business.

Get a diary. It will be up to you to decide if this is an electronic diary or physical one. If you don’t have a diary you will always feel torn when you are asked by friends to join them for coffee, exercise, lunches etc.  An electronic diary is more portable and lighter. You can set up your to-do-lists in there too.  Check out our website for ideas for diaries and to-do-lists.

Set your core business hours. The distractions -Groceries still need to be bought, cleaning, washing, school drop offs, after school activities and lunches and dinners need to be made. All this needs to be considered when you are planning your working week from home.

Consider working longer some days so you have days available for the odd lunch or coffee date. Or start later so you can start the day doing exercise or catching up with friends. Working for yourself often means we can fit in work after hours when the kids are in bed or on the weekends when your partner is home or you know the kids will play happily for an hour.

When you look at the core hours you have to work with, ask yourself if that is enough time to get all you need to get done, done. If not, you may have to change some of your social time hours. We think it will be easy to fit all our friends in for coffees but in reality it’s still often better to leave our social time to after school or the weekends. Until you do this exercise you won’t know what is possible. Your week might look like this:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
10-3 9-11 10-3 9-12 9-12 2-4
2-3 2-3

 

Let family, friends and clients know your core hours. It is useful for your clients too to know when they can easily get hold of you. The sooner people who know you know your “work hours” the less they will ask you to join them during those times. Less distractions.

In summary:

  • Have a diary
  • Decide on your core hours each day
  • Let family, friends and clients know what your core hours are

What if something comes up and you need to do something personal in your business hours? I will discuss that in my next blog post. The following blog will be on setting up a dedicated space for your home business.

Kerri Bainbridge

Anywhere Business Team

Working from home- Welcome

Working from home

Welcome to my first blog about working from home. I will be writing a series of blog posts about working from home and ultimately these tips will help you work from anywhere. Working for yourself can be really rewarding but frustrating at the same time. Whatever your reason for wanting to work for yourself you will need to be as disciplined as you would be if you worked for someone else about your time and productivity.

Instead of someone else setting your objectives and tasks, you have to define them. I want to share what I have learnt over the last 12 years of being in business for myself, to help you stay focused and be productive. If you are not careful you will work 24/7 (at least in your mind) and feel like you never have “time” away from the business.

I am going to cover things like goal setting, business planning, time management, customer management, social media marketing, money and lots of tools for stream lining your business.

So get ready….

 

Kerri Bainbridge

Anywhere Team NZ

 

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