October 23, 2014

My Struggle With Working Time And Private Time



After a couple of months of really being in business as a (very) small business owner with my own little designing business, one thing is clear: it's quite a struggle sometimes to manage my time.

While having my own business gives me a lot of freedom when time is concerned, it's also a big pitfall for me personally.

I guess the biggest hurdle to take is my own sense of responsibility. Feeling responsible for my clients needs and feeling responsible for my family's needs. Those two things constantly seem to battle for attention in my mind.

For some reason I seem to think that when a new order or project for the designing business comes in I have to dive right in and work 24/7 to make the client happy. It's just my twisted brain that thinks like that, because so far none of my clients has pushed me time wise. They were all very understanding when I explained that I would work on their project the next day because I had to take my kids somewhere. I seem to be the biggest problem in this story.

My husband noticed this struggle too. He told me that most people would understand that I'm not available 24/7 and that they may have to wait a day before I respond to their email. He's right... I don't expect other people to be available for my wants and needs 24/7, so why expect it from myself? 

I started with this business because I love designing, but also because I wanted to be able to work from home. That would give me the benefit of managing my own time. When my kids would need me I could spend my time on their needs and then organize my working hours around it. But it seems I've got some work to do in the time management department myself ;-) 

It's a learning process I guess. I'm sure a lot of people who work from home for themselves struggle with this issue. And I will probably get better at managing my time along the line. I guess I made a start this week when this thought popped up in my mind:

PROVIDING GOOD QUALITY WORK HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WORKING 24/7.

Maybe I should write that down on a post-it note and stick it on the fridge as a reminder. Not such a bad idea...

If you happen to read this post and you are working from home yourself for your own business, please let me know how you handle time management. I would love to know!

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