As an entrepreneur or small business owner it is important that you understand your work style. If you work from home it is especially important to understand this as your day can easily be filled up with things that aren’t directly related to your business, but things that you want to get done. Like the dishes, the laundry, sweeping the floor, reading the newspaper, making that one quick phone call, etc.
When I first started my business I fell prey to all of those things I felt I just had to do before I went into my office. I admit, I still do many of those things but it’s because I realize that I need a neat environment in order to feel productive. I know how important it is for me to get the dishes done and neaten up the house before beginning work…I just put a time limit on it now.
That being said, my work style today is far different from what it was when I started my business because in the beginning I didn’t have a style. Now my style is to get up early, have my coffee and plan out my day. I then like to get ready slow; I eat and get dressed at a leisurely pace and then I pick up my house before heading into my office. No longer do I have the hour long commute to stress me out so I enjoy getting into my office calm and ready to be productive.
And just like my morning routine, I like to start my work day at a slow pace and then gear up to full production levels. What I mean is that I have more energy at the end of my day than at the beginning. I know I don’t have to be in my office at the crack of dawn and I can work until later in the day because that is when I am most productive (just ask my assistant when, at the end of the day her inbox is full and mine in empty). This was a learning experience in my work style too! I wanted to get in and get out, but it didn’t work for me and left me feeling frustrated. Knowing my style makes it easier.
So you see, when you understand your work style—when and how you like to work—you become happier and more productive. Just like your life style supports your life, your work style supports your work.