In the past I’ve talked about how much I wish I had like 100 more hours each day to work on my freelance writing and my blog. I felt if I could just have more time, I would be so wildly successful. Turns out, and I’m guessing it’s this way for most, I do have the time! I just haven’t been respecting it. My relationship with time has been complete crap. Leaving the house late, forgetting to defrost the chicken for dinner, falling asleep and waking up at different times each day are all prime examples of me not showing Time the love it so deserves. So no wonder it wasn’t loving me back.
As I get further and further into my freelance career and blogging journey, I’m finding that some things are absolutely nonnegotiable to stay productive. Working from home is such a blessing and I still can’t believe that I’m able to do it. I never anticipated, however, just how much discipline it takes to be successful in this kind of working environment. You can read more about my freelancing career here. Without having a boss walking through your living room to check on progress and an ugly office to keep thoughts of personal issues at bay, staying focused can be incredibly difficult.
Each week I try and evaluate how I spent my time and think of ways to get more work done next week. Honestly, half of this time I spend brainstorming is really spent just wishing I had like 6 more hours in each day. I can’t control how many hours are in a day but I can control how I spend them. Here are some things I do to maximize my productivity while working from home and I hope they can help you too!
Nobody said paying off debt was easy. Rewarding? Absolutely. But easy, not so much. It’s a challenge to cut back on spending and luxuries. Constantly looking for new ways to stretch your dollar is no walk in the park. It takes some serious discipline to put all the extra money your saving toward a debt instead of toward something you really want. With all of these challenges, it’s easy to get mentally worn out.
Since I am taking on the challenge with my husband to pay off all debt and create a new debt free lifestyle, I wanted to talk about something beyond the numbers. I want to talk about what it takes day in and day out to stay motivated and stay on track. Like most things in life, paying off debt is a matter of willpower and mental strength but no one really ever talks about that part of it. It’s a lot easier to focus on the excitement of the extra income or the big payoff but I want to go behind the scenes. That’s why I’m creating this series “Staying Sane While Paying Off Debt”. I think everyone can relate to how grueling it can be to stay focused so let’s help each other!