I've also learned a little about myself in the process. I've realized I can be really driven and motivated when I'm working on something I truly care about. I've also realized that work doesn't have to feel like work. And just because you aren't stressed, anxious, and sleep-deprived 24/7, it doesn't mean you aren't on the road to success. I definitely prefer being my own boss, working from the comfort of my home, and having the freedom to craft my schedule in a way that fits my needs. And there's the rub - making my own schedule. I've found I have way too many temptations, mostly in the vein of reality TV. Real Housewives, Project Runway, Tabatha Takes Over, oh my!! (Hey, I never said I watched good TV...)
I have big dreams for this little baby business of mine and if I want it to grow up and succeed, I have to be a good business mommy and put even more time in. I'm learning as I go and that's the beauty of self-employment. I figured if I set a few manageable goals each month - rather than try to tackle everything all at once - I should be in a pretty good place by the end of my first year in business. So I know what I need to do in February. The biggest and most important thing I need to change - the thing that will impact every other aspect of my business - is making better use of my time. For this next month, I plan on setting definite "work hours" and sticking to the schedule. That's not to say I won't go to the grocery store at 3pm if I need to, but I am going to be better about shutting out other distractions, sitting at a proper work place (not on the couch with my laptop), and setting personal deadlines for various items (instead of just making one long to-do list and only tackling the things I like).
Would you find it hard to stick to a schedule if you didn't have a boss to answer to?