How often have you found yourself hanging the washing out during your working day? Or stacking the dishwasher instead of marketing or making a sales call?
If you work from home it’s easy to fall into the trap of doing the household crap when you should be working.
And I know one of the reasons you probably got into business is because you want flexibility and freedom to do what you want, when you want.
But I’m guess you also want to money too, right?
So in this episode I get my ranty-pants on and give some cold hard truths about quitting the household distractions if you’re serious about growing your business and improving your productivity.
You might hate me whilst you’re listening to this, but your business and bank balance will thank me for it later – I promise!
Prefer to read? I’ve got you covered…. you can read the transcript below.
Here’s What You’ll Learn In This Episode:
- Why you need to stop doing household chores when you’re supposed to be working
- Why it’s important to stop kidding yourself that being your own boss means hanging out the washing during work hours is a good idea
- The importance of getting organised and having boundaries so that you can improve your productivity and profit
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I am so sick of women doing household chores when they should be working.
Yep, I’m launching into a full-blown rant right now!
You see, when I was running The Work Smarter Challenge™ the other week I mentioned that if you’re hanging out your washing during work hours you need a slap round the face with a wet fish.
Or something along those lines.
And it made some people a bit tetchy.
Suddenly a few feathers were ruffled and there was squirming in the seats.
And then I asked Money Mindset Expert Denise Duffield-Thomas if she agreed with me when she came onto the podcast, and she said a big hell yeah too (you can listen/watch here).
Here’s why I’m getting ranty about this…
Unless you’re literally living the 4-hour work week and have a bucket load of time, clients, leads, and money on your hands, then work time is for work.
It’s for doing tasks that make your business tick.
Tasks that generates revenue; get you closer to reaching your business goals, and add true tangible value.
Hanging out your washing doesn’t do any of those things.
And watch me whilst I launch into Harvey Specter mode if you dare say otherwise because I will take you down (alright, I’ll stop the amateur dramatics now but I’ve always fancied myself as a Hollywood lawyer!).
I remember when I first left corporate-land 12 years ago and was working from my single-girl apartment, in my new happy bubble, elated that I was finally my own boss and had all the flexibility and freedom I wanted.
I used to languish in the mindset that my new found self-employed status meant I could do what I wanted, when I wanted.
Which is technically true.
But let me tell you, 99% of the time that headspace doesn’t pay the bills. And it certainly didn’t in my case.
Wasting time doing household chores (or other work-from-home diversions!) when you could be marketing, servicing your clients, and building your business, won’t help you end the day on a productive high – and it certainly won’t spark joy when your accountant looks at your books either!
If you’re serious about your business, and if this isn’t a hobby or side hustle to you – but instead something that’s replacing a full-time income – then you need to approach it in the same way you would if you were employed by someone else.
Would they be happy for you to hang your washing out [or insert any other household chore you get distracted by] when you’re on their payroll and should be working?
I doubt it.
So why do it to yourself?
Now of course there are exceptions. My laundry flooded last week … it was like I was being punished for this #nowashingjustwork movement that I’ve create (cough) so that kinda stuffed up my great intentions.
But exceptions are just that – something that doesn’t follow the rule.
So take a look at where you spend your time when you’re supposed to be working and be honest about whether your personal life is creeping in and distracting you from what really matters in your business.
This isn’t about not having flexibility. It’s about knowing your priorities, getting organised so that you can focus on them, and sticking to the boundaries that allow you to make productive progress.
Or in other words, hang your washing out before you clock on!
You might hate me right now for this slap down, but I promise you’ll love me later when you start to get more of the important stuff done that actually creates impact in your business and bank account.