Many work at home moms start a home-based businesses in order to care for their children while still creating an income. The desire to care for one’s own children, the incompatibility of a 9-to-5 work day with school hours or sick days, and the expense of childcare prompt many moms to change or leave their job in the workforce in order to be available to their children.
If this is you, then I congratulate you on your decision. Being there for your family and contributing to your household finances all at the same time is very rewarding. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking its going to be easy. It can be simple but it won’t be easy. If it were easy almost every mom would be working from home.
How are you going to fit your business project into your daily commitments?
It’s easy to become overwhelmed and lose focus. Losing focus will cause you to take no action. And action is very essential to moving from where you are now, to where you want to go.
I’m going to share with you five tips for staying laser focused when starting your home business.
1.) Break down big tasks into manageable pieces. If you have a large task at hand, it is always easier when you break it down into smaller manageable pieces. You’ll find it easier to focus because you won’t feel as overwhelmed. For example, "Register a business name" can be broken down into "Think of five business name ideas," "Find out how to register a business name," "Get registration form," and so on.
2.) Use and keep a to do list. Keep a “Things To Do” list and keep the items in priority order. Most people tend to do the things of a low priority first and never get around to the important tasks.
The best method for setting priorities on your list is once you have determined your major goals or objectives, is the A-B-C-D-E method:
“A” stands for “very important;” something you must do. There can be serious negative consequences if you don’t do it.
“B” stands for “important;” something you should do. This is not as important as your "A" tasks. There are only minor negative consequences if it is not completed.
“C” stands for things that are “nice to do” but which are not as important as "A" or "B" tasks. There are no negative consequences for not completing it.
“D” stands for “delegate.” You can assign this task to someone else who can do the job instead of you.
“E” stands for “eliminate, whenever possible.” You should eliminate every single activity you possibly can, to free up your time.
When you use the A-B-C-D-E method, you can very easily sort out what is important and unimportant. This then will focus your time and attention on those items on your list that are most essential for you to do.