Work from Home and Solve Job & Life Time-Crunch!
Within the last year I was doing the opposite of what I believe and train – letting work rule too much of my available time schedule. I was working with a client that I really enjoyed, and had an underlying benefit to helping the environment, but the toll to my life was significant!
You see, a typical day involved 2 hours of travel, 8 hours of work, 1 hour of lunch, and at least 1 hour of overtime on average. That totals 12 hours per day consumed with little flexibility. We learned in my recent blog how to calculate the % of awake time. In this case, that would be 12 hours per day divided by 18 hours of “wake time” per day, or 67% on this one area! Add to that the driving stress through brutal Houston traffic, and the rest of my day was somewhat useless. The price was obviously too high to pay long-term.
How high is your “Workday” time price?
In this article, we will explore the new possibilities now available due to technology and the shift in emphasis toward the internet not available to this extent even 10 years ago. You will be amazed at the “Work from Home” opportunities that are available today!
1. We often get used to the Time Waste in our lives.
I can think or multiple times over my career where the unacceptable short term situation turned into a long term situation, and I just got accustomed to the schedule. It took a toll, but I accepted it. But life is more. Many of you have goals and dreams that are routinely squeezed out of life.
- Have a passion or message that you want to get out.
- Want to learn a new skill or career.
- Want to spend more time with your children and / or grandchildren.
- Want to write that book you’ve been thinking about.
- Have a talent, skill, and passion for helping others – but don’t have the time.
- Want to improve your health with how you eat, relax, and exercise.
- Have a faith that burns with a desire for more service.
- Have a project that you want to finish.
- And on and on…
but they more often than not get squeezed out by the demands of life.
2. Work related time is normally large; making it an opportunity to Unleash Your Potential!
As you see, I was at 2 hours out of every 3 waking hours tied up in work. Don’t get me wrong – it was important, although I would say it was out of balance. What did I do?
I took 2 steps:
First, I Reduced the number of work hours
I went from 5 days to 4 days per week, which put back 12 hours in my week, and dropped the stress level way back. The obvious negative – income dropped accordingly.
Then I transitioned to full time Work from Home
I took my skills and transformed the delivery method from personally being there to an online influence.
The benefits include:
- Flexible Time
- No transit time waste
- Less stress
- More reach with my Time-Crunched Freedom message and training
- More time for the other parts of my life.
I had been working toward this for a few years. One key learning: Start in the Work from Home direction as soon as you can to build the audience and platform. It will help you if you cut back your hours, or even allow you to potentially go full time.
Both steps, though needed additional income. That was my next step…
3. What did I do to get started?
I followed three simple steps:
- I clarified the value and product / service I wanted to pursue. This was what I had practiced in my career which was Unlocking Time in lives and organizations using proven tools, but now was offered to a larger audience globally through electronic means. This makes it very affordable for everyone.
- I started an internet presence that I would own so that I had control for the future (I didn’t use the free sites with their restrictions and functional limitations).
- Registered a Domain Name (like DouglasCalvin.com) and signed up with a web hosting company. I recommend BlueHost which can handle both the domain name and hosting:
- Installed the FREE Wordpress software with a few clicks of the mouse.
- WordPress has blogging capabilities, is widely used, etc. and is easily loaded FREE at Bluehost.
- Installed a Theme (the overall site look and colors) that matched the site look I wanted. I recommend StudioPress Themes. Take a look and I’ll bet one fits your needs:
- Started blogging and adding valuable content. Sure, it takes some time but it is for the freedom and flexibility option for the future.
Take a look at my Shop page to see these, and more under the “Your Website Products” tab. Note that everything for the first year to get started will be a little under $200, and around $100 annually thereafter for the website and Domain Name fees. As you grow, you can add other capabilities and decide on the expenses, but this gets you going down a similar path I took.
It may make sense for you to seriously consider the Work From Home option utilizing your own site for your cause, business, message, passion, etc. It is a potential path to freeing time to allow you to Achieve More toward the things important to you, and to gain income!
It does take time to build an internet presence, so the major takeaway is to START NOW, not later!
I hope this information adds value to your day!
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