Limits are almost like deadlines in that they force you to concentrate and do the work in front of you now, rather than later.
One of the obstacles of working for yourself out of a home office is that it can feel like there’s always time.
I don’t have to do this now… I can do it later in the evening.
And that’s true. But if you’re always putting things off, two things will happen.
You’ll find yourself scrambling to meet your client deadlines while still doing your best work.
And you’ll find that your own projects — things like setting up a passive income, testing a new marketing approach, making connections within your industry, writing the next great novel — slip off your plate entirely.
These two things can create an endless amount of frustration and wheel-spinning.
One solution is to have set hours that you work during the day. And to not work outside of that time frame, no matter how much pressure you feel to do so.
Think about how many hours you would like to dedicate to your business each week. Then look at your calendar and block out that many hours. That’s your work schedule. Work for your clients and for yourself happens inside those hours… and all the other hours are for other pursuits.
If you really promise yourself that you’ll do work only in those hours, you’ll find that your brain shifts into focus mode easier because you’re applying the same kind of pressure that a deadline applies.
You have to get things done because you won’t have another chance to do them.
The transition can be a little uncomfortable — and this approach doesn’t work when you have a lot of interruptions (say, you have children at home or you’re a caregiver) — but if you embrace the change, you’ll find that it’s easier to get work done on time in a stress-free way… and that you get to more of your own projects too.
Give it a try!
New on the Site
Andrew Murray earns income from his Money-Making Website in a variety of ways, but most of it comes from “income earned as a direct result of the website.” Also known as client income from leads that come in through his Top Wire Traveller site. Here, Andrew talks about how it works.
Businesses have a big demand for content. So much so, if you’re working on retainer to create online content, you might find yourself falling into a rut. Here are the things to watch out for… and what you can do instead to make sure you’re producing high-quality content.
Did you get to listen in to my interview with Ben Settle? Ben shared a number of insights into building a client-free income. The recording is available, so give it a listen!
Mark Your Calendar
June 11: Our next Member Update Webinar is right around the corner. During this month’s session, I’ll talk about three ways asking more questions — and the right questions — can change your life. Plus, we’ll look at top content from the last month, upcoming events, and more. Join us!
June 13: As technology gets more sophisticated, businesses need more copy and content, not less. And as the internet gets more crowded, they need better copy and content. Mediocre won’t do. In this live event, I walk you through six great web-writing opportunities and show you how to weave in stories to make your writing more engaging and more effective.
Around the Web
It’s easy to think of social media as how your potential clients meet you… but how people use social media is changing. And it’s influencing how they make purchases.
You may find more of your clients taking an agile approach to their marketing. Find out what that means here…
When you write a Pay-Per-Click ad, are you selling a product or selling your viewer on the click? Discover which approach works better.
Direct mail is making a comeback. Here’s what digital marketers and writers need to know.
That’s all for now. Make it a great week!