Signs Your Manifestation Is on the Way


Have you been studying how to manifest all that you want? Perhaps you have something specific in mind, such as a new car, and you’ve been using the law of attraction processes of imaging that you already have it, holding the feeling of owning and enjoying that car you want, and cultivating an expectation and belief that since you can see it in your mind’s eye, that means it is real in the metaphysical plane and soon will be real in the physical plane.

 

However, given the fact that everyone I’ve ever met grew up with the advice that “seeing is believing,” it can be a challenge to hold your faith in the new car steady and strong enough for it to actually manifest.

 

Most of us wish for some kind of sign that it’s on the way, some hint that we’re not doing all this visualizing and affirming to no avail. We’ve been taught to be logical and rational, but the reasoning mind is our enemy when we are in manifestation mode. It looks all around and grumbles, “You’re an idiot falling for that law of attraction stuff—where’s the car?!”

 

What if you could learn to detect the signs that your manifestation actually is on the way? That would be a big help, wouldn’t it? It would give encouragement, and help you keep going with the process. The worst enemy to our manifestations is doubt, and the fear that somehow this is never going to work, not for us, not in this lifetime.

 

So let’s look at the signs:

 

  1. First sign is that you will feel happier! This is a wonderful sign because it shows you are vibrating at a higher level. We have to elevate our frequency to get what we want; otherwise, we continue getting the junk that matched our old, lower energy frequency.

 

  1. You’ll start seeing that new car, in the color you want, seemingly around every corner as you go about your day. Your connection with that car is now in growing harmony, so that source within you is manipulating your turns and the other driver’s turns, and the events of your day so that you will be in the right place at the exact right moment to see that beloved car. Use these sightings to bolster your visualizations and expectancy. Some people take the opposite tack, and seeing others driving “their” new car evokes feelings of anger and frustration—which, of course, makes their energy vibration take a nose dive off the frequency where the manifestation was humming along.

 

  1. Another car will be offered to you, or come into your experience, such as a friend asking if he can park his car in your garage while he’s on a business trip. At first, this might seem like a slap in the face and a rejection of your manifestation wish, but it is a sign that you are bringing a car into your life. It’s on the way. This other car arriving at your house is a sign of the change in progress.

 

Too often, we misread those signs because we were never taught how the process works. What if a friend called and said you could have their old car for five hundred dollars and it’s better than the one you’ve been driving. You might mistake that offer as being a sign you’ll never get that new car, and that you might as well take your friend up on the used car deal.

 

Metaphysical author and teacher Florence Scovel Shinn tells the story in one of her books about a woman who was trying to manifest a new set of china dishes, and was given a broken plate, which she thought was the answer to her manifesting processes. Shinn explained that it was simply a sign the dishes were on the way, and to bless that broken plate and be grateful for it, to keep the energy frequency high in the final stages of manifestation. Her client followed the advice and soon thereafter was gifted with a beautiful set of china.

 

When you seek too hard for signs, it can evoke a sense of discouragement. Far better to enjoy the process, enjoy the new feeling of happiness and lightness of being, and simply allow your new car (or dishes or soulmate) to show up in the perfect way and at the perfect time.

 

Imagination Is the Key to Success


The power of our imagination cannot be overemphasized when it comes to getting the results that we want in life. Most of us never learned about the Law of Attraction until the DVD movie “The Secret” brought it to our attention. Although the “law” is in action at all times, bringing to us whatever conditions are in harmony with our thought vibrations, we tend to think of using the law of attraction to get something specific, like a car or job or relationship. When we turn our attention to a greater understanding of the mental laws, however, we can readily see that the law of attraction is like the law of gravity: it’s “on” 24/7, not just when we focus on it or call on it to work for us.

 

The imagination is our key to getting the laws to work in our favor. You don’t have to be a quantum physicist to recognize the ease with which we can bring to mind a vision of what we desire, and keep imagining it long enough and strong enough that our thought image calls forth the physical image for us to experience. 

 

In the popular book by Maxwell Maltz called Psycho-Cybernetics: A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life, he explains the power of the imagination:

 

“Creative imagination” is not something reserved for the poets, the philosophers, the inventors.  It enters into our every act. For  imagination  sets  the  goal  “picture” which our  automatic  mechanism  works  on.  We act, or fail to act, not because of “will,” as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.

 

A human being always acts and feels and performs in accordance with what he imagines to be true about himself and his environment.

 

This is a basic and fundamental law of mind.  It is the way we are built.

 

When we see this law of mind graphically and dramatically demonstrated in a hypnotized subject, we are prone to think that there is something occult or supra-normal at work. Actually, what we are witnessing is the normal operating processes of the human brain and nervous system.

 

For example, if a good hypnotic subject is told that he is at the North Pole he will not only shiver and appear to be cold, his body will react just as if he were cold and goose pimples will develop. The same phenomenon has been demonstrated on wide awake college students by asking them to imagine that one hand is immersed in ice water. Thermometer readings show that the temperature does drop in the “treated” hand. Tell a hypnotized subject that your finger is a red hot poker and he will not only grimace with pain at your touch, but his cardiovascular and lymphatic systems will react just as if your finger were a red hot poker and produce inflammation and perhaps a blister on the skin. When college students, wide awake, have been told to imagine that a spot on their foreheads was hot, temperature readings have shown an actual increase in skin temperature.

 

Your nervous system cannot tell the difference between an imagined experience and a “real” experience. In either case, it reacts automatically to information which you give to it from your forebrain.

 

Your nervous system reacts appropriately to what “you” think or imagine to be true.

How to Open Your Secret Door of Success


Just for fun, I Googled the word “success” – and got this response:  About 1,180,000,000 results 

 

Even without seeing that there are over a billion references to success available on the internet, we already know that it’s hugely important in our own lives to feel successful. Yet so many people walk around (or trudge) feeling like a failure, in at least one area of their life. Perhaps you can relate to that. Maybe you feel you’ve tried and tried to improve your fitness but always end up sabotaging yourself before you hit your goals.  Or someone else gets the promotion you worked hard for and thought you would earn.  We have many different stories we can tell about success, and yet most of the time it seems those stories don’t give us quite the insight we need to change our own results.

 

Florence Scovel Shinn writes in The Secret Door to Success:  “People never ask a man who is a failure, ‘What is the secret of your failure?’ It is quite easy to see and they are not interested. People all want to know how to open the secret door of success. For each man there is success, but it seems to be behind a door or wall. In the Bible reading, we have heard the wonderful story of the falling of the walls of Jericho. Of course all biblical stories have a metaphysical interpretation. We will talk now about your wall of Jericho: the wall separating you from success. Nearly everyone has built a wall around his own Jericho. This city you are not able to enter, contains great treasures; your divinely designed success, your heart’s desire! What kind of wall have you built around your Jericho? Often, it is a wall of resentment—resenting someone, or resenting a situation, shuts off your good. If you are a failure and resent the success of someone else, you are keeping away your own success. I have given the following statement to neutralize envy and resentment. What God has done for others, He now does for me and more.”

 

Is she serious? The key to the door of success is to release our resentments? Maybe that sounds strange, but when we remember that everything we do has an energetic value to it, we can better understand the truth behind her teachings.  The reason that resentment is such a strong repellent to the good we desire is that it is analogous to a negative force field such as in a science fiction movie, where the person gets hurled back when they try to get past the field.

 

Start with the idea of looking at your life and seeing how many resentments you carry around. Allow yourself to do this for a few minutes at a time, and don’t beat up on yourself when you realize how many resentments have managed to pile up in the back room of your heart. It’s like deciding to go clean out the garage or that closet under the stairs that everyone shoves things into and closes the door. At first, it can be tempting to avoid even looking, but that just means the power of the resentments will continue to bar you from receiving all the success you would like to enjoy.  Be patient with yourself. Understand that holding resentments is simply a habitual behavior that we’ve all learned and put into action from early childhood. Now, decide you’d like to clean up the mess and heal the wounds. Letting go of resentful feelings is a huge step in personal growth that all of us can do, and benefit from.

Are You Afraid of What They Will Think?


Countless writers, inventors, and explorers have had to face this dilemma: do I push ahead with what I see in my mind’s eye, or do I let the scoffers win?

 

I’ll be the first to admit it can be a challenge when you have a big idea, and you know that family, friends and colleagues may mock you for it, scoff or try to talk you out of it for various reasons that will sound eminently logical.

 

But on the other hand, there’s that dream of yours, calling to you. It won’t leave you alone. You can try smothering it, but it pops up in little whispers. Many people, probably most people actually, push away that dream long enough and firmly enough that it shrivels from neglect and only reappears for a deathbed scene of regret.

 

We learn early on to be practical about our goals, to not strive to achieve much more than we are pretty darned certain we can get, given our skills, expertise, experience and education.  We turn away from the biggest goals that make our eyes light up, and settle for less. It’s more realistic, right? And when we witness someone living big, we watch and we yearn and we admire them—athletes, musicians, artists, adventurers, company founders—but we repeat the old mantra we’ve heard so many times: they’re lucky.

 

We also learn to tell ourselves we don’t have time for the commitment it would take for all that achieving, and again, we settle for less.

 

What if the opinions of others didn’t matter? What if you could build up enough confidence in yourself that when someone scoffs, you would just politely dismiss it and keep on going? How would that feel? It would feel pretty special, wouldn’t it?  So how do we get to that place, how do we gather the kind of confidence that we need to stand by our own dreams and defend them and keep going when others give lackluster support if not downright criticism?

 

We look within. And we access the eternal spirit that is the real “us”—an undying being of light and energy that came to Earth to experience joy, love and expansion, but then forgot that was the whole reason for being born. And began settling for less.

 

Start living your greatness. Make a decision for yourself and your dreams, and that elusive sense of confidence will be drawn to you like you’re a magnet, without your having to go in search of it.

You Already Have All You Need to Enjoy an Abundant and Happy Life


Did you ever stop to think what a devastating thing it is to have an inferiority complex? It means the person fails before they even get started. The mindset of thinking that others can do things that you can’t is filled with beliefs about yourself that are hardly flattering, and less than useful.

 

In the novel Star Trek: The Fall: Peaceable Kingdoms by Dayton Ward, Lieutenant Chen has been called to the bridge to help Captain Picard. Chen is half-human and half-Vulcan (in case you are not familiar with Star Trek, Vulcans, such as the famous “Mister Spock” played by Leonard Nimoy for many years, are highly evolved humanoids from the ancient planet Vulcan). 

 

Chen frets over being inferior to full-Vulcans, and not up to par with the humans in the crew, either. As Ward relates Chen’s dilemma, “Her life choices had seen to it that she was woefully deficient when it came to many facets of Vulcan customs and cultures. That especially was true with respect to the broad spectrum of physical and mental disciplines to which Vulcans subjected themselves.” And then Chen sums it up, thinking, “I really should look into doing something about that, one of these days.”

 

Even as we read about her promise to herself, we’re already raising an eyebrow, wondering if she’ll ever get “around to it.”  All too often we make those vague promises to ourselves that we’ll go on a diet really soon, or we’ll get more organized next week for sure, or we’ll do something about finding a more fulfilling job but not until after the busy season.

 

What if you had no doubts about your abilities? What if you understood that whatever you really would like to do, you are completely capable of doing? Would that feel good? Would it feel liberating? Would it feel like life suddenly got a whole lot more fun?

 

Think about it. What would you do if you knew it was possible, that you already have the tools you need, right in your own mind?

Do You Know Where You’re Going?

Do You Know Where You’re Going?


Whenever we walk out the door, we have an intention of heading somewhere, even if it is only a vague idea of taking a walk in the neighborhood. We always have an intention, but most of the time it is barely thought off, and we run on automatic pilot day in and day out. That’s fine for mundane tasks like getting the mail or taking out the garbage or sweeping the steps, but what about more important things?

 

On a sliding scale, you probably put more attention on planning for a vacation than on running errands, more for an event such as a birthday or anniversary than for the staff’s regular Monday meeting at work.

 

But what about the big things in life—like where you are going in total. Are you headed toward something special? Do you have goals for personal growth and development? Or do you just go along with the crowd and do what your friends and family do, because it’s familiar?

 

It’s all too easy to fall back on the claim that we’re too busy juggling all that needs to be done to take time out for life planning that doesn’t involve practical matters such as insurance or job security or retirement savings.  Those have their place in the scheme of things, but what I’m talking about is the fact that if we don’t have a goal, then we live a life that is based on reacting to what’s going on around us, and the days and months and years just roll by with a lot of busy-ness to fill the calendar.

 

When I sat down to write this, I had a quotation in mind to share with you, which I’ve always thought was from Henry David Thoreau: “It is not enough to be busy. The question is: what are we busy about?” I did a quick check online to be sure I was phrasing it correctly and I was a bit taken aback to come across a site that pointed out what I was planning to share is actually a popular misquotation, along with a variation that goes like this: “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” Apparently, the correct quotation is: “It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?” And it appears in a letter Thoreau wrote to a friend, H.G.O. Blake, on November 16, 1857.

 

However you look at that quote or its variations, I think the point is clear. We all get so busy, the contents of our To Do lists and our agenda books and calendars are exhaustive and far too often very stressful. We get caught up in all the details—but what is the big picture?

 

How would it be if you had an overall goal, like a glorious umbrella over your life, that had a bright and shiny phrase written all over it, describing your vision for yourself?

 

Why not take a few moments to think about what that sentence or phrase or slogan would be.  Maybe it’s your personal mission statement, your own take on what you bring to the world while you live and serve at your highest level.

 

Imagine it’s a time off in the future. You are really old, and just about to blow out the candles on your birthday cake, and then someone asks you to sum up your happy life. What would you say? How would you describe it?
I bet it wouldn’t be that you got more errands done in one weekend than the average person managed in a month. Or that you filled in for two other people at work when their job was suddenly slashed off the payroll, and managed to keep going without collapsing. Or… well, I’m sure you get the point. Too much work, not enough joyful play, not enough dreaming of where we are going.

 

Set your course. Keep your eye on the compass so you’ll know when you need to make a shift in direction. And enjoy the journey.

How Many of Your Dreams Has Your Doubt Killed?


If you’re familiar with my books and the blog at my central website, you’ll know I often talk about learning to release our old ways of thinking so we can embrace the power of the mental laws that govern our results.

 

Let’s take a look at what happens when we come up with a great idea. If you’re about four or five years old, the family is delighted and praises you and encourages you in your wildest dreams. But then…it’s like the voice of logic crashes our lives with a thunderbolt and the message to get practical, to put aside childish daydreams and get in touch with reality.

 

Depending on how much you toed the line, you may never have achieved something you really wanted in all of your life thus far. But even if that is the case—and it is true for far too many people—you can change all that. Starting right now.

 

The key is to look at the power of doubt and how often you allow it to control you.

 

Doubt makes us cringe, it makes us shrink down into a safer smaller size where we won’t attract attention. That’s fine in the “old days” when you didn’t want to draw unwanted attention to yourself and your family because you could be imprisoned, enslaved, fined or penalized in some other way. But those old reactions have stayed with us even though they are no longer applicable to today’s way of living. We know so much more now about the power of our minds, and yet we repeatedly fall victim to thought patterns that are thousands of years old, and were created to keep us safe from harm while struggling to get by and provide for our families the best we could in uncertain times.

 

Now, if you’re ready to start fulfilling your dreams instead of stomping on them, when you have an idea, promise these three things:

 

  1. I will nourish this idea
  2. I will give this idea the attention it deserves
  3. I will bring this idea into the light so it can thrive

 

And when doubt in yourself arises, affirm:

 

  1. I know I can do this!
  2. The dream sprang forth from my own mind and that means it has my name on it!
  3. I imagine it is already real, and I feel that wonderful feeling of fulfillment!
  4. I am a magnet for all that I desire—my dreams fly to be with me!

 

Ask yourself: What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail?  

How to Stop Stressing over Money

How to Stop Stressing over Money


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I took an informal survey to find out what most people are stressed about these days–and it’s no surprise to me that the #1 answer is MONEY! Small business owners worry how they are going to meet payroll and vendor bills, parents worry how they will afford their kids’ education or their own retirement, entrepreneurs worry how they will replace their previous income while building their new business, and everybody seems to be worrying how to enjoy life when they can’t seem to reach their money goals. 

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Chronic stress affects everything in your life: your relationships, your job satisfaction, your health, and your sense of personal fulfillment. It’s important to find ways to get your stress level down to a manageable level, but usually when someone is filled with anxiety, and the bills are piling up, it can be hard to consider that relief could be just a thought away. However, that is true, and the reason is that we become what we think about. The more you think about your money worries, the more worries will flood to you, because they are in harmony with whatever your focus of attention is, and you attract more of the same.

There’s a way out, and it’s a simple three-step process that you can practice right now, use as often as you’d like, and share with family and friends. Here’s what you do: 

  1. Breathe in slowly through your nose to the silent count of four, then hold your breath to the count of four, and slowly exhale through your mouth to the count of four. Your stress hormones will settle down instead of firing up even more panic. Repeat a few times until you feel a bit calmer. Understand what you are seeking is a sense of relief so that your mind is open to the next step in this process.
  1. Bring to mind the outcome that you desire. Perhaps there is a specific amount of money that would bring great relief to you at this time. Imagine how it would feel if that money was in your bank account, and that even after paying the bills, there would be a delightful surplus of funds available to you. How would it feel? Did your shoulders just drop a little? Maybe you didn’t even realize how tensed you’ve been, and how tightly you’ve been holding your body. Shake your arms, wriggle around, signal your body and mind that change is coming. Keep that feeling of relief in your thoughts and bask in how wonderful it feels now the money stress has vanished.
  1. While holding that feeling of relief, and visualizing yourself smiling at your employees or coworkers and enjoying a few high-fives because you have turned a financial corner, consider an action step you can take in the next five minutes that will lead you toward your success. It might be making a phone call you’ve been putting off because it felt uncomfortable and you worried how the other person would react to you. Go do it now. Successful people make it a habit to do the things they know must be done, even when they don’t really want to do those things. They put the success of the business or project first, and step into the required action. That means, whatever is on your list that you’ve been avoiding even though you know it’s important, contains the seeds to the success and money freedom you desire. But nothing will happen if the bright ideas just stay on paper and never see the light of day. 

When you are stuck in a worry and stress mode, that zone of fear will keep you paralyzed. Use the three steps above, take an action, keep visualizing your success and feel it as being real. Think of what you want, not what you don’t want. That’s the key to changing your results.

Evelyn

How to Keep Your Marriage Alive in a Mom-and-Pop Business

How to Keep Your Marriage Alive in a Mom-and-Pop Business


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It can be really stressful to be a business owner. And there’s a special kind of added stress if you are in business with your spouse!

Whether you are in the planning stage of a new business that you will run together with your mate, or you’ve been operating a family business for years, you are probably already aware that there can be perils to all that togetherness. As someone who was the “mom” part of a home-based construction company for over twenty years, I am pleased to share with you some of the tricks to keep the romance in your marriage while building a thriving business together.

• Decide up front how many hours each of you will devote to the business on a weekly basis. Keep in mind that if one of you will also have the responsibilities of homemaking and caring for children or elderly parents who live with you, those hours of work count, too, toward the whole.
• Talk it over with your tax advisor before selecting the form of business you will operate: sole proprietorship, LLC (Limited Liability Corporation), corporation, or other entity. At first it might seem totally fair that if your husband is the one who will be out making the deals and meeting with clients, while you stay at home working part-time in the business as the bookkeeper and manager, that it’s no big deal if the business is a sole proprietorship in his name. Think it through, and anticipate if you will still be happy being invisible as the business grows and you take a larger role in administration. Also decide how salaries and wages will be paid to each of you.
• Establish a “date night” each week, preferably for dinner outside the home and not just sprawling on the couch in front of television. Keep the romance alive. As your budget allows, hire a babysitter or trade with other parents in your neighborhood who would like a weekly date night, too. Here’s the secret to making this actually work toward keeping your marriage and romance alive: no discussing business during your date! Seriously, it will feel so tempting to catch up on projects, client updates, brainstorm new business ideas. After all, you’re finally in the car together or on the subway, eating in a restaurant or diner, and it seems almost like a waste of valuable business-owner-time to not spend at least part of your evening on catching up. But make it a strict rule, and keep to it.
• Instead of allowing business to encroach on personal time together, set up a weekly status meeting for business projects. Depending on whether both of you are working in your home office, or one of you is out in the field, try to schedule this for daytime hours, perhaps during Friday lunch time. Just as you keep your date night for refreshing your romance, make this business meeting strictly about issues involving the projects you are working on together as mom-and-pop.
• You may wish to also schedule phone calls with each other in a businesslike way when it involves the business, and not just call to chat and then “Oh by the way…” and rattle off a lot of business-related items. Text or call and agree on a time to go over necessary updates, and also for practical home-related tasks like cleaning the garage, fixing the dishwasher, scheduling a car repair. The separation between business and home life is critical in order to not have an unhealthy shift where all you ever talk about is chores and business, and it runs together so that each of you secretly dreads talking to the other because every call turns into an ordeal.
• When your focus is on building a business, it can be tempting to overlook holidays, three-day weekends, and vacations. After all, when you’re keeping the business thriving, it’s hard to get away, and if business isn’t thriving, you want to stay there and drum up new clients. But that Catch-22 will sap your energy, and make you both wonder why it once seemed a great idea to have a family business.
• Take time for your own activities and hobbies, and quickly discuss any resentments or upsets that arise when one person feels overworked while the other still manages to find free time. Work these things out while the issues are small and manageable. As the old saying goes, Never go to bed angry at each other. That includes not going to bed with a resentment that you are nurturing but feel afraid to bring up. Honest communication is the cornerstone of any healthy mom-and-pop establishment, whether you have an office or storefront you go to, or you both work at home.
• Keep up your social life with outside friends, not just business associates, so that you can enjoy the occasional movies or dinner out with other people and talk about topics besides business.

No matter what your work is, it’s important to keep a balance in your life between business and personal goals. Following the tips above should help you keep the lines of communication open with your business partner so that both your marriage and your venture can thrive.

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Evelyn

Six Productivity Tips for Your Home-Based Business

Six Productivity Tips for Your Home-Based Business


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Feeling overwhelmed and stressed by your home-based business? If you are new to having a business office at home, it’s vital to understand that the productivity practices you may have followed in the corporate or retail world with your former job just don’t cut it when you’re at home all day, with family and business demands around-the-clock. Here’s how to get things going in a healthy, low-stress way, culled from my over thirty years’ of owning and operating businesses based at home.

  1. Set up a separate office area for your new business or venture. Even if the only thing you do is create a screen by stapling fabric to stretcher bars from the arts and crafts store, hide that desk from view once you are on family or personal time. Otherwise, the mental separation between business and home life can be difficult to establish. At first it will probably seem harmless to have your business sprawl all over your living space, but you’ll soon feel like you just can’t get away from office work the way you could when you got up from a desk or closed your locker at work and waved goodbye to everyone, heading home for some down-time. Even if you occasionally have projects that require you to work longer hours, make sure to keep that dividing line between office and home, particularly if you have set up your work area in the bedroom. When you are wishing to relax at the end of the day, the worst thing to have in front of you is a pile of work that seems to scream at you and criticize you for not working hard enough.
  1. Schedule your day. Get an agenda or appointment book that is big enough to write activities for both your home and business. It can be tempting to have separate books, one for personal appointments and one for the business, but in my experience, at least, it can become easy to overlook a conflict in your schedule or to inadvertently miss an important meeting. If you use a smart phone or tablet, you may wish to use an online calendar that will keep all your devices up to date. But otherwise, the old-fashioned way of writing in a daily/monthly appointment book will work great. Block out time for working on projects at your desk or in the field, depending on what type of business you have. Avoid the common mistake of thinking that you’ll “find time for what’s important”—time has a mysterious way of vanishing and the hours quickly fill up with minor tasks so that more important work gets shoved off to another day. Post a wall calendar each month that contains daily squares that are large enough for all family members to jot their major activities, so you don’t inadvertently overlook something crucial when you’re making your business appointments. This might seem like an obvious tip, but when you start feeling pulled by the demands of living in your office and having an office in your living space, you’ll find detailed schedules will help keep you sane.
  1. Get in the habit of separating the chores related to business from the tasks of housekeeping. It takes discipline to do this, but it can be done, and you’ll find more harmony in all areas of your life when you create this kind of balance. Decide each weekend what the most important projects in the coming workdays will be, both for your business success and your happy family. Being super-organized about what your commitments are to both home and business will serve you well in the long-run. It can be very tempting to go from your office area to the kitchen to do a few chores or whisk up a batch of brownies, then rush back to your desk to dash off some emails or make a few calls, but scattered focus will not serve you well. You’ll feel exhausted and resentful, as if your day has no end. Learn how to close your office area down in the evening and whatever hours on the weekend you have decided are for personal activities. A home-based business can become an octopus with its tentacles creeping into every minute of your day if you allow it. Remind yourself that when you were away at a job outside the home, you didn’t interrupt your focus on a project to go do laundry, or see what’s happening on your favorite soap opera. Continue a business-like attitude toward your new home-based operations, and you’ll feel more professional.
  1. If your business is brand new, decide in advance how many hours you want to devote to the business itself, and keep that commitment, changing it only as you want to, and not because the whole thing has gotten out of hand and demands more of your time than you planned to give it. Keep track of your work hours, so that you can see if you are interrupting business time with snacks, chores, TV, and inadvertently making your business day seem inflated.
  1. If you have a business partner, such as a roommate or spouse, discuss these productivity tips together, and make decisions as a team about how many hours each of you will devote daily to the projects and tasks each of you are handling. An imbalance in workload breeds resentments and strife. In addition, if one person feels that business calls and needs trump personal life every time, it’s better to find that out up front, and decide on a plan of action. Without a plan in place, it’s all too easy for you to become a slave to a growing business’s incessant demands for 24/7 attention. You may need to compromise on issues such as when do you stop answering the business line in the evening, and start again in the morning. What do you do when clients call at dinner time. These and similar issues sound like they will not be a problem, when they haven’t happened yet, but when clients habitually phone after regular office hours because now they are home from their own office job, you need a plan in place of whether you ignore calls, screen them via voice mail and only return the most important, or whether you take the calls no matter what time of day or day of the week it is.
  1. As soon as your budget allows, have a separate phone for your business. You might want to have a smart phone so that as your business grows, you can communicate easily via text messages, and manage your email communications while out of the office. It will give you freedom to be able to pick up the kids from school, go to the bank and post office, take care of personal and business errands, while remaining in contact with clients, customers and any business partners you may have. With a separate business phone, you can put that in the charger on silent mode during your downtime so you aren’t leaping to respond every time it rings.

A home-based business offers many advantages, including being home for children and pets, and enjoying your home environment without the added expense of a separate office location. Become the master of your business, no matter where it is located, and it will serve you well.

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