** This post was written by Leigh Haugseth. Find out more about Leigh below. **
Balancing the demands of the daily grind with your new-found focus on becoming location independent can be challenging.
You’re knee deep in new learning processes, spending time on your blog(s), web site or side business all whilst trying not to get fired from your 9-5 job. Having the energy to keep up your old life at the same time as attempting to start a new one is hard work!
Here are a few tips that may help you stay focused and sane during the transition…
Determine what’s most important right now and spend your time doing only on these things. If you need to perform well in your day job, make this your focus so that when you venture out on your own, you will have solid experience and contacts aiding your success.
If you’re working just to pay the bills and save money, do the bare minimum needed to stay employed. Remember the 80/20 rule. You can be 80 percent effective by achieving 20 percent of your goals.
If you have a daily to-do list of 10 items, you generally can expect to be 80 percent effective by successfully completing only the two most important items on your list. That leaves extra time to work on ‘other’ tasks such as your new location independent business…
- Think about activities in your life you can eliminate so that you can spend more time working on your new business: Try to get rid of time wasters such as watching TV and excess internet surfing.
- Keep activities that help your brain and body stay sharp like reading, spending quality time with family and friends and exercise.
This may seem silly at first, but it really works. Visualize your ideal location independent life. Then go through magazines and cut out phrases and pictures that go with your ideal vision. Paste them on a bulletin board and put it somewhere where you will see it every day.
These pictures will subtly implant themselves in your subconscious and help you see opportunities to help you along your path. The board will also help remind you where you are headed and why when things seem overwhelming.
Writing down your goals and reviewing them each day or week works well too and research shows that people who write down their goals achieve them much faster than those that don’t.
When you’re working on your new business, ideally you need to be alert and working at an optimal level. Creativity and new ideas are crucial at this stage.
Figure out what time of day you are most creative and productive and work on your location independent business during this time. For some, it’s first thing in the morning after a cup of coffee. For others it’s late at night, once the house is asleep.
Once you’ve figured out when you’re at your best, respect this time and make it a habit to spend it working towards your ultimate goals. If you’re working full time, often the early morning is the best time as you are fresh and not tired from working all day.
It’s important to work hard but don’t burn yourself out. Be sure to eat right, get plenty of sleep, exercise, allow play time and do fun activities. Simplify your life as much as possible so that you can concentrate your energy on working towards your location independent dreams.
Cut out anything that isn’t nourishing or helping you towards your dream. You want to try and stay in a state of joy and creative self expression. When you’re in this state, ideas come more easily, your brain is sharper and your work will have more zest and be of better quality.
Above all, remember that this is a process which will be full of twists and turns along the way. As long as you’re determined to be location independent, there is nobody nor anything that can stop you. Just take one day at a time and you will get there eventually.