Sometimes when you own a business you get to call all the shots. You get to set your schedule and you can decide what takes priority each day. However, sometimes outside life interferes with your business schedule. Sometimes you need to change your work-at-home work schedule.
For example, maybe your children have started school and now you need to be to help them get ready in the morning. This may mean that instead of being productive in the mornings, you now have to work in the afternoons when they’re at school. This type of dramatic work schedule change can really throw a wrench in your productivity.
While there are certainly many challenges to changing your schedule, there are also many benefits. One of the most profound benefits is that when you change your schedule you force your brain to work in a different manner.
Have you ever tried to brush your teeth with your opposite hand or tried to eat with your opposite hand? Changing how you normally do things makes new connections in your brain. These new connections can foster innovation and creativity. Something as simple as changing when you work at home can have dramatic effects on your creativity and ultimately your business growth.
To help you overcome the challenges and embrace the benefits of changing your stay-at-home work schedule, here are four quick steps.
#1 Make Small Changes
If possible, make small adjustments in your work schedule so that you can gradually adapt to the new routine. This may mean cutting back a bit on your work schedule so you can adapt. For example, you might work for two hours in the morning before your child wakes and two hours in the afternoon while they’re at school. Making small, gradual, changes to your schedule gives you time to find new systems that work for you.
#2 Give Yourself Time to Adapt
Even if it is difficult to make small changes to your schedule, allow yourself time to adapt. You may not be as productive right away. However, being patient with the change means you have the time and the freedom to create new habits. For example, if you used to drink coffee in the morning before you got down to work; try drinking coffee in the afternoon before you get to work. New habits and old comforts can really help you adapt to change successfully.
#3 Find New Ways of Getting Things Done
Many work-at-home professionals fall into ruts. They always do the same things the same way. For example, maybe you always sit down in the morning to write your day’s blog post. When your schedule changes, it’s the perfect time to embrace other changes. For example, instead of writing your day’s blog post, perhaps you dictate it and then send it to your virtual assistant for them to transcribe, edit, and upload to your blog. Something that used to take an hour might now take you ten minutes.
Major changes can have a huge effect on the way you work. Instead of fighting those changes and dreading them, embrace them – you never know what might happen.