Triage – How to Prioritize for High Income and Low Stress Working From Home
Working from the home office can be both a blessing and a curse. Blessings abound working from home and personally I wouldn’t have it any other way, but there is a method necessary to control the conquer the madness!
For Entrepreneurs there is always something to do, something to be completed or created or expanded. It’s quite different than heading to a job which offers a fixed task list, or at least and end to the day. For entrepreneurs working from home the list includes everything related to ones work, and then the home list which can also be somewhat endless. I personally feel that women entrepreneurs who work from home have this even harder than men. I find I can’t write when their are dishes in the sink or laundry on the floor – even if I’m not sitting in those rooms.
Yesterday I had my work at home tasks all laid out. I am sponsoring a influential live event in San Diego next week and have much to get ready. Last week we had 2. 5 cords of wood delivered. We heat our Colorado home in the winter with primarily wood and solar. We stacked the wood quickly without paying great attention to it.
Lo and Behold when I went to use it in the wood stove, it didn’t fit. Out came the tape measure. Oh No! At least 2/3 of the wood was 2 -3 inches too long. I don’t own a chainsaw, nor do I want to learn to use one even though I love power tools. Chainsaws scare me. So we had an issue.
After a few calls to the wood man, he phoned back at noon yesterday saying he’s be there in an hour and half. He needed all the wood that was too long to be taken out from under the deck so it could be cut. Thus, my well organized work from home afternoon was instead spent on my knees with a tape measure, tossing a few hundred logs and then helping the men pile and sort as they cut it. Needless to say this blog post did not get written yesterday!
the process of determining the most important people or things from amongst a large number that require attention.
Triage was and most likely is still a medical term. It means to decide who requires treatment first. On the battlefields and in emergency rooms, triage is a constant existing on the border between art and science.
Working from home requires triage too, if anything effective and productive is going to be accomplished. For Entrepreneurs, particularly solo entrepreneurs (solopreneurs) time must be spent on activities that generate income and also on the activities that set the stage for generating income. As I shared above, life also gets has a pesky habit of presenting itself too, often on the days where much is on the agenda.
The method I use to control the chaos, increase income and reduce stress is thus:
1. I lay out my week on Sunday. Personally I use a paper calendar so I can view an entire week at one time and erase, circle, make notes and draw arrow. Yes, I am still in the 20th century on this one. Humor me.
2. Each night I examine the following day and list the top 3 items that must be done. This step is crucial to waking up in the morning with a plan. The day makes more sense when it is laid out before you first thing.
3. I keep a Things I Could Be Doing list to fill in times that are too short for a full project but too long for just a glance at social media. These are ideas, creative whims, an organizing project and anything that is not my main productive activities but things I want to get to at some point.
4. I make time and space for exercise daily. Move your body daily. It will thank you for a lifetime.
5. I read every day even if my tasks were not completed. When interviewed, the most successful people in the world all admit to being adamant readers. Filling your mind with business books, motivational ideas, or just good literature is necessary to being able to produce, create and expand.
6. I give a day per week up to house things – often on a weekend. It has to get done. I tend to enjoy cleaning and painting and wood stacking etc… It clears my mind and puts love into my space.
7. I never never ever save anything for the last minute . This one is so crucial. Pressure creates stress and life rarely unfolds exactly as planned. If there is a deadline and I’m working on that project with some padding to the timing, I won’t freak out if the wood guy calls or my child ends up home sick from school. Plan ahead for low stress.
High income working from home comes from a combination of clarity of purpose and action, committed daily activity, marketing skills, consistent self-growth, and a no quit attitude. For entrepreneurs high income earners also have a few other things in common. They exercise, read, meditate or pray every day. I recently learned about this daily practice from James Altucher. I recommend you explore it for yourself. I’d like to add that the highest income earners are always learning. They try new things and investigate new ideas. You can always teach an old dog new tricks. It keeps the dog young!
I started out by talking about Triage – How to Prioritize for High Income and Low Stress Working From Home. I shared my fire wood story and a list of my 7 step method for increasing income and lowering stress by keeping it all together and moving forward. I’m sure you have systems in place that help with your focus too.
I’d love you to share them in the comments below!
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