Over the last couple of months, I’ve had the feeling of being scattered with my projects and tasks. I sat down this past week and wrote out a new plan for me and my business…and it feels great! It takes time to figure out what works best for one working from home. It just seemed to me that as soon as I finished one client project and begin working on another I would lose my focus. My thoughts were scattered all over the place and it was becoming more difficult for me to switch gears and get in the mindset of the next client’s particular needs.
So I sat down and came up with a list of skills that I felt I was most productive at. In doing this exercise, I came to the conclusion that working with select clients whose tasks/projects related or closely related to that particular list of skills was where my productivity was truly proven. In order for me to establish the best possible working relationships, I had to choose who I wanted these clients to be and then let the others go. It wasn’t an easy task, but it was what was best for the clients and for me. If you’re anything like me, you form personal relationships with your clients and saying goodbye is never easy, but definitely a must.
I will now only be working with 5-6 clients on a contract basis. I can now focus my time and efforts on my clients’ mundane tasks and they can focus on growing their business while still having peace of mind that their business is being taken care of. This decision already feels like a burden has been lifted.
During this time of feeling “scattered” I just wasn’t myself. I was cranky with my kids, my husband and even the dog! Then I realized I needed to pull myself together and take care of the issue.
If things aren’t working out, just don’t seem to be going according to plan or if you’re just not yourself – take a close look at your working situation. Maybe you need to regroup and refocus. I know it worked for me.
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!