I have been readjusting my work-at-home lifestyle and thinking that what I have been doing may benefit others...
So here goes....
I have been a person working for as long as 12 hours a day in my full time job and another 6 hours at night when I reached home to focus on my online business.
Initially it was really smooth for me despite such long hours but gradually I find myself spending less time with my wife and my health is deteriorating.
I have sharp shoulder pains now (due to the unhealthy posture of being deskbound) and my eyes feel dry and tired really fast (due to long time straining at the monitor)
Eventually, I asked myself if I am going to be like this for the next 5 to 10 years or as long as my business is running.
I turn to Andy Henry, Jeremy Kelsall and Michael Silvester for advice and these guys are living the 4 hour work week lifestyle.
(I have also been reading 4 hours work week by Tim Ferris and it has already been my 5th reading now.)
What has impacted me is that they are always leveraging on other people's time and have the freedom to spend time and enjoy doing things which they love.
Having heard this, I realised I have become the slave for my business. I can't possibly not think about switching on my laptop whenever I am at home.
I felt chained!!!
Now, what have changed is:
1. I limit everyday 15 minutes to replying emails.
(no distraction such as aimless checking of emails or checking out my friend's latest Facebook updates. Now I reply emails and I instantly off the laptop.
Short emails does not mean low quality...I include a direct answer to the issue, the next 3 steps my coaching students can take immediately and ask for a report back in a few days time)
2. No latop on weekends and I made a point to have outdoor activities with my wife such as cycling by the beach or hunting for some unusuall eateries.
(Spending quality time (not quantity is my #1 priority now)
3. Now I exercise more and make it a point to focus more on building my health than my business.
(Interestingly, my business has been really stable during the last one month of trying out my new lifestyle. So in fact, now I earn more spending less time online)
4. I am bringing my wife to Japan for our second honeymoon on this week and I am using my last month's online earning from advertisement sales and WSO sales to cover all our expenses.
(Rewarding yourself for a well-deserved rest is really crucial to keep us constanly motivated for long term)
These are what I have been doing for the past one month and I must say I feel much better, more recharged and always looking forward to everyday of my life - and of course, our 2 weeks' rest in Japan soon.
So I believe you can too. I hope what I have shared is useful to you and you can benefit from it when you apply it to your life.