I’ve never worked for myself before and in the pursuit of passive income I have had to develop my own systems to become more efficient.
In fact I have come to realize that the whole routine of going to work was one of the things I really,really hated about working for some one else, that and having to do what I was told of course!
That said I had to develop my own time management system – something that would actually work for me. I’ve ended up using a combination of a paper diary – I know quaint, but I kept missing appointments because I didn’t have a calendar app on the computer, and an electronic time sheet called SlimTimer – its really easy to use, runs in your browser and is free, can’t ask for much more than that really.
Given that I have fought against time sheets for years at work I can’t believe I am actually voluntarily using one (and yes for more than a week to!) – I started it to track exactly how many productive hours I was doing, I don’t track freelance writing or anything else – just the work going towards my passive income business. I don’t include procrastination either so that I can really see when I am having a bad day!
I’ve also discovered that it really is more productive to walk away if I have a mental block or a lose focus – this usually happens around lunch time and while the sea is still warm, the surf is up and the weather pleasant I head down the local beach.
On the other hand I really don’t mind working on weekends – though my partner does ocaisionally want me to do something else! That’s probably helped by the last few months being the best time for public holidays in Australia! We try to get out of town for most long-weekends and I have taken to not taking the laptop, just the little netbook which is more a diary than anything (regional Australia has woeful Internet access).The break seems to give me a chance to step away from the detail and remember the big pictures.
The last trip was swimming with the whale sharks at Easter gave me 4 days of driving to contemplate mybusiness – and I have to say I am pretty happy with it so far!
Some more income would be nice but at the moment I am just concentrating on building websites so they can start ageing – then next month is going to be link building frenzy time !
How do you guys balance working from home and family or a part-time internet marketing business with a “real” job?