Two or three months ago I had a brilliant idea to increase productivity. In order to keep up with homeschooling my daughter, housework, cooking, my business, and family life, I decided to move my office into the living room. Either you’re wondering why you never thought about this brilliant idea, or you’re laughing your butt off because you know it won’t work. For the first group, you will be disappointed with my story. And the second group you are absolutely correct.
As great as it sounded, it turned out to be terrible idea. My daughter thought that my being in the living room, meant that she could come in whenever she wanted. I can’t count how many times I was asked the same questions over, and over, and over. The other unintended consequence was that I was working almost nonstop. I was working while cleaning, while eating, while watching TV. The only thing that escaped, was my daughters homeschool. I take my time with her extremely seriously, and won’t handle work while I’m teaching her.
So after trying this for two months, I reached the conclusion that I needed to move back into my office. After we cleared out the office (which had inadvertently turned into storage), I pulled everyone into the living room for a family meeting. I let them know that (hooray!) I’d be fully present for meals & family time. In exchange they promised that my work time is MY time; we’re still working on the 7 year old with this concept though, lol. The other thing I’ve done to boost my productivity? I started my editorial calendar this last weekend! What’s your hardest productivity lesson? Share it in the comments below!
If you’re in need of help with your productivity, now that I’ve cleared the bumps out of my road, I’m ready to help you!