When you get a chance to be your own boss , it is quite a relief for you. You are not bound by insane rules and you have nobody to micromanage you and put pressure on you. While we do agree that brings a sense of freedom and creativity in you, we are also worried that this could set a sense of complacency in you. When there is nobody to question you, you tend to delay things and develop an overall lacklustre attitude towards work. If you want to take up this profile with the swag and glamour that it is known for, here are some tips to follow:
Separate space for work is important
Yes, you don’t have to report into anybody or you don’t have to work in a corporate setup anymore. If you are your own manager, you can work from anywhere you like. This, however, doesn’t mean that you can work on your bed, in your bathroom or on the dining table. When you do these things, you are insulting your work. You will never get the attitude to work when you ambience doesn’t give you the seriousness. The lesson here is that even if you are working from home, you have to set a separate space aside for your work. You should never allow any distractions there, as that is the place where you have to focus hard to complete your projects.
Sense of timing
You cannot sit up all night and sleep all day just because you don’t have a normal office schedule. This will take a toll on your health in the long run. Irrespective of where you work from, you have to follow specific timings. Go to your office space at about 10 AM, work for a few hours, take a reasonable lunch break and wind up your work in the evening. Never get tempted to sleep in the afternoon and catch up with your work at night. Similarly, never become a workaholic and keep working all day without taking enough breaks for food and relaxation. In short, it is very important to have an organised structure in your working schedule, to manage yourself efficiently.
If you have been thinking, “How would it be to be my own boss and reap huge rewards?” you have to learn that prioritisation is very important. Every morning, before you start work, make a list of things that have to be done on that particular day and keep ticking off as you do these. This gives you a sense of accomplishment when you see the list fully ticked by the end of the day. It also avoids in piled up work that create a lot of stress for you. In most of the cases, you are the sole contributor in your business; therefore, you are the only one who is answerable for project delays and errors. Hence, it is very important to take stock of daily things and have post-it notes stuck in your workplace to remind you of urgent deliverables.