In yesterday’s post, I shared that I had resolved a major time issue in my life, allowing me to spend more quality time in my internet work environment. Today, I want to share the ah-has I’ve gained as a result of having new balance in life and means for managing stress.
Lessons Learned About Working Online
These are my insights on how to create a joyful, low-stress work environment for your Internet business.
- Acknowledge that there’s no ending point. When I was working on the Development, I always had an end goal to work toward, such as “Get the Architect drawings completed because we met with the Planning Department a week from Tuesday.” So, if we were on track, then there was time for balance. My experience of marketing online is that it’s more like a circle without an end.
- You need to set up large blocks of uninterrupted time. There always seems to be some gearing up to do to get into the daily routine. Often, it’s not just picking up where you left off on a project…but perhaps doing a number of small tasks. So, to get that feeling of accomplishment, allow yourself the space.
- Be mentally prepared to deal with things taking longer than you expected. How many times have I allocated 2 hours to tweek an optin page template for a new product, just to find it didn’t load properly…and then I had to take the better part of the day to fix the problem.
- Get comfortable with working alone. Again, in my Development project, even though I had my own office, oftentimes there were meetings with my partner over lunch, going to the Engineer’s office to tweek the Plans, etc. Oftentimes, in our online businesses, I can go several days at a time with no physical, or even verbal contact, with anyone besides Deb.
The Reward…Getting into the Flow!
And then, there’s those times when the magic happens…when you have that aspect of your business that brings you the most joy (for me it’s creating a new product).
You’re in your element, doing what you love the most about the business…and the hours flow magically one into the next. It’s that feeling an artist must have alone in his/her studio.