Every Monday, I share my thoughts on Working @ Home.
My kids are coming home with scads of paper these days - syllabuses, learning contracts, long term planning calendars and more -- all designed to help them make the most of the year that lies ahead of them. With this being the first full week of school, they're off to a quick start. Homework has kicked in, tests have been planned and the learning has begun.
Seeing them get so serious so quickly is a wake up call for me. The past few months have been busy - there is little evidence of it here on the P@H blog, but you can take my word for it. I've been swamped with book edits, magazine articles, podcast interviews, and most importantly enjoying the company of my family. But now that Eric and Adam are back in school and I've retrieved my "work day" schedule, it's time to put things in order.
For me, this week, this includes getting caught up on email, putting my office back in order, setting some long term goals for this year, and reestablishing a workable daily schedule. In the mean time, current priorities continue and new responsibilities arise seeking a place in my priority list. Perhaps this week's re-orienting will mean that a few less important tasks get dropped from my "to do" list.
Even if you do not have children in your home, the school year cycle works well as a frame of reference for those of us who work at home. What are your priorities for the upcoming school year?
Home-work for today:
- Create a nine-month plan, focusing on long term goals and aspirations for the year. Make two copies: one to consult regularly, and another to be placed in a tickler file and checked in June '08.
Reading Room Resources:
Blog posts from this week related to Working @ Home
- The Get Started Now Guide to Being Self Employed
- What Matters to You?
- How to Do Good AND Make a Profit
On the Bookshelf:
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich