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Old 01-27-04, 07:09 AM
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Managing Time

I'm having a hard time with mananging my time. I decided to start my own business here at home. It is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I'm loving it! Don't get me wrong. I love what I do, just having trouble doing it.

Its not always outside sources that distract me, but my routines I think. I have an office set up separately (sort of separately) from the rest of the house now, but still find myself not taking care of business to follow the 'homemaker' routine again.

At times, it is outside sources. My son forgets that I need to be working during the day, and so do my family and friends. I don't work 8 hours straight at what I do, its really flexible. I can pick up whenever I need to and start working on it, BUT....its hard to keep switching back and forth between the work mindset and then to home mindset.

I have finally gotten some ground rules set for my family as far as my office area. It seems now that I have to run my business using the computer, everyone wants on it. I even went as far as pulling the carpet up in half this room and putting tile flooring down to 'mark' the area separate from the living room. I would love to put a wall between the two put that isn't financially possible at this time. The noise doesn't bother me, unless the noise is someone talking directly to me. Distracting me from what I'm focusing on at the moment. Worse yet is when they come back in this area and 'hover' to see what I'm doing, ask if they can help (which I appreciate sometimes), etc.

If anyone else works from home and has any advice, please share! I've been doing this going on 4 months now, am finally showing a little bit of a profit and also getting the hang of being at home to work. I would like it to continue to get better. I know a great benefit would be to actually have a wall to separate the office and have a door that I can close while working. Just need to get around that until I can make enough to cover the cost to do this.

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Old 01-27-04, 07:51 AM
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When my wife worked at home, it was important to recall that she was working even though she was at home. Although there are no children here looking for momma, I found that simply walking into the room would disturb her.

We rearranged the furniture in the office so that I could go in and use my computer while she worked. Her desk faced so that she had to turn to look at my space, so to speak. When folks would call the house phone during the day while I was home, I would tell them that she was at work and take a message. I did this just as though she were miles away.

I your case, you will have to take a stand on work hours. Your children are old enough to understand this. Maybe a ribbon across the room will help. As far as another computer is concerned, I can send them a 486 with win95 on it if they are desperate.
 
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Old 01-27-04, 08:28 AM
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As soon as I can find more time, which is something I've done again - spending it wrong - worked on the spare instead of doing my job.

I plan to set aside a day when I can work on the second system, but it won't be hooked to the internet.

Also, having trouble with the internet phone doesn't help. It automatically routes all calls from it to my cellphone, which is my work phone. This causes problems when they're friends call them. That phone is a priority with me right now (getting it back up and going).

Part of it may be that at first I still had time for my kids at any moment. Now they are adjusting to mom having to focus more since I am now managing others as well. I have to be available to answer their questions and also keep up on current projects to keep them informed.

One thing that I really don't understand about both my husband and children is that when there is a phone to my ear, that is NOT the time to talk to me.

I also work on two week cycles. Today ended a cycle. I finalized everything, my downline is taken care of so now...here comes my prep for the two week cycle that comes two weeks from now LOL. I have to stay ahead of the cycles by one to be effective. Not only am I training others to become independent I'm trying to keep myself on top of things for my sales, plus recruit others, and train the ones I've recruited. Its going to be an ongoing process that I truly hope grows to tremendous proportion. I am growing and learning as my business grows, too.

Now...off to work on taxes and other business related stuff. (Don't you just love that word STUFF? The all encompassing word to include anything and everything related to one thing LOL)

Thanks!

Kay

Ps. I may take you up on the computer offer if this other gets on my nerves too bad!

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Old 01-27-04, 10:41 AM
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When I have to work overtime, it's mostly done at home. And it is VERY hard to discipline yourself to work at the buisiness when you know about all the other stuff (there's that word again!) that is waiting to be done. I think you'll find it will become easier as you continue to work at the business.

BTW, how about training Dillan to guard your space? Just post him at the door.

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Old 01-27-04, 11:30 AM
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LOL, the only thing Dillan guards is me! He won't let me out of his site, and barks at anyone and anything that comes near me. Then he runs and hides under my feet at the desk.

He and the cat are big distractions right now. At first I thought that Dillan was just bugging the cat (Boo). Boo has hissed and spit at this dog all morning. Okay, so now Dillan is in his bed trying to sleep and the cat is on the back of the couch meowing at him.

I've been catching myself thinking of something else I need to be doing. I have to stop and remind myself to focus on the task at hand. If I change over to the other deal then I will be thinking I need to get back on the other task. It is going to take some practice to know what I'm NOT doing, and why. This way maybe I'll quit thinking about the other 'stuff' and focus on what I am working on at the time.

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Old 01-27-04, 03:50 PM
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Kay,

You're pretty handy with a hammer.
How would a moveable partition work to give you the cubicle effect?
You might have enough stuff kicking around to fashion something.
 
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Old 01-28-04, 08:19 AM
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I was thinking along those lines Greg since the ceiling fan is in the center of the room that I've divided. I have a few options to deal with this.

Build a lower wall that goes below the ceiling fan to share the lighting.

Move the light fixture to the new center of the living room space and use lamps in this area or have my neighbor rewire an outside light to this area so I will have my own lighting in here with a switch. I can't add anything since the box is next to impossible to get to without tearing out the wall to get to the wiring. No attic access through that area. We might be able to go through a small access area over the bathroom to get to the box, but it seems like too much trouble at this time.

I also thought about having bookshelves divide the room. However, I have hellion kids and the couch would back up against it. They would be knocking things off.

I thought about getting some 1x2 or 1 x 4's and creating panels with cloth (would be inexpensive that way) and make a folding screen partition. This way I could 'close' out the other room and if someone hit is hard enough to knock it over I'm hoping it wouldn't damage anything in the office.

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Old 01-28-04, 02:33 PM
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Exclamation Holy cow!

You better cage up that DIY tiger in you.

I suggested a simple partition, not ripping out a wall and rewiring your house!

Your projects sound like mine.

This is something like what I had in mind:
<img src="http://www.vandelente.com/images/partitions-low-combine-2-M.jpg">
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Or this:

<img src="http://img.epinions.com/images/opti/b8/a7/10485873ZBPI7496-resized200.jpg">
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Old 01-28-04, 06:37 PM
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Those are so neat and would be great! I don't think I can spring for those type deals now. I really need to think about this since I don't want to make anything so permanent that it would be hard to put the house back the way it was since one day (hopefully) my kids will begin to move out and I can use one of their rooms for my office.

Here's pics:

http://www.kaybyrd.com/diy/office/office1.jpg
http://www.kaybyrd.com/diy/office/office2.jpg

I didn't think to get a shot of the wall across from the desk. There's another desk on that wall, and also a large cutout on that wall that goes through to the kitchen. Like a window, since its too high to actually do anything with.

The picture (office1) has my carpet trim strip against the wall - by monitor, and that's about where the wall will run across the room to the edge of the 'window' on the other wall. I've already found the studs there.

Since the wall won't be centered to the room, the blades of the ceiling fan would hit the wall so I have to put a short wall, or move the fan. The ceilings are about 9' in this room and the floor is lower than the rest of the house. Its an addition and there are no return vents to help the air flow so a ceiling fan in this room is a must, especially in the winter time.

The room is only 10' wide, so I thought it wouldn't be a major ordeal to put an actual wall up. The lighting is the main issue I need to work on.

Like you said Greg, I need to cage the DIY tiger in me because building the wall and moving the lights sounds exciting. However....as with all DIY projects they may sound really exciting until I get started on them LOL. Thank goodness I have a great neighbor that's an electrician. When he gets some free time he's going to check my mains, and also the wiring options from the attic view. We can decide then what the costs will be, and also the destruction I will reek on this house to achieve it LOL. I'm pretty loaded on this circuit so adding to it isn't a possibility. I never use the side light on the house since I discourage use of that door. We can move that switch and disable the light and move it into this area.

I really need to think about all the options, and what the changes will mean to the house in the future. I don't want to lower the value of the house, or make changes that I will be unhappy with in the future (like when the kids move out).

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Old 02-03-04, 05:11 AM
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How about making a movable screen out of doors. Pick up 2 or 3 doors from a resale store, salvage or Habitat for Humanity if you have one. Easily trimmed down if too tall & are held together with hinges. You can turn the side toward your computer into a blackboard with blackboard paint or use it to hold notes, reminders & the such for work.

This would be a quick solution with only a couple hours work putting the door together with the hinges.

Just a thought.
 
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Old 02-03-04, 05:56 AM
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I'm wondering just how much zig and zag there would have to be to make them stable. I only have about 6" of floor across there between the file cabinet and carpet, and then another 6" of carpet 'til the back of the couch.

A foot seems like enough for the zig-zag, with the exception that half of the partition would be resting on carpet w/ padding and the other part on the tile. That might be just enough 'lean' toward the tile to make it easier to knock over.

I have 4 children (2 are full-sized teenagers) in the house. For some reason they think that its okay to leap from the area where I took the pictures onto the couch. As much as we review and practice sitting down easily, they still think a couch is to be plopped down on. I'm concerned with a partition being knocked over onto my desk and computer equipment.

I can cut the carpet back another 2-3", possibly further. I cut it straight down the center line of where the wall will be. I didn't want to cut myself short in case we can't pull up the carpet until a later date. I want to ensure I have enough to attach to tack strip if that ends up being the case.

My temporary wall today consists of eyes in the back of my head and the verbal "get out of my office" the moment someone puts even on toe on the tile back here.

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Old 02-04-04, 04:55 AM
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Well I can certainly understand the problem with the kids. Mine are grown & on their own now and you know what they say about paybacks. :>)

Anyway, I think there would be enough room for the doors but since you are still worried about your equipment getting knocked over, how about hanging curtains??? You could hang the hooks to hold the rod(s) from the ceiling. No worring about the kids knocking it over & about taking up needed space.

When the curtains/drapes are pulled across the back of the couch, you are not to be disturbed. Or you could leave them pulled all the time to hide your work area.

How about that???
 
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Old 02-04-04, 05:24 AM
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The lighting issue is still there. I can hang the curtain rod lower than the ceiling fan.

Also, that was my first consideration but discovered for what I could purchase the rod to reach the width of the room, the supports that would need to hang from the ceiling to the curtain rod and the curtains themselves it would be cheaper to make my own folding screens with fabric inlays (instead of wood).

Paybacks? LOL Just last night the 19yo that moved back home and sleeps on the couch told me "I'll be glad when you build that wall. I'm tired and that printer is about to drive me crazy". Hmmm, kind of like the sound of that PS2 racing game that I had to listen to while I tried to fall asleep hehehe.

I found another way to get the kids to leave me alone! I put them to work. I had one daughter entering orders the other day. She thought it would be fun. Nope, it takes a little to figure it out and theres a lot of information needed. Or I ask them "hey, while you're in her take this garbage can and empty it". They don't come back here nearly as often.

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Old 02-04-04, 05:42 AM
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I'm posting this separate to the wall issue. Some things I need to learn to make time for, to make habit is to plan my next day, work on my taxes every day, enter my receipts every day, etc.

I'm wanting to work on everything, every day instead of trying to pick one day a week to do these things. It makes sense to me right now since I'm small to literally close out the day at the end of the day.

I will never have a set business hours. It impossible for me to do that but I guess I could figure how to a little later on.

Since I have my thinking cap on this morning I'll begin working on the list of things that I have to have done by the end of the year, and then figure up a schedule of when I will do this on a daily basis. When I sat down to work on our taxes I thought I'd been keeping my records up to date by working on them weekly instead of daily. I'm glad I didn't file until I had reviewed my return and records several times because I had overlooked some deductions and would have lost out on some more money.

I'm hoping that this financial program that I've installed will help keep up with my records better. This way if my receipts don't match I know what to look for, etc. I won't be chasing down records to find numbers since the office is included as part of the house and I get a percentage of those expenses to use. Finding a years worth of electric receipts wasn't fun! Same with the water bill, telephone bills, etc.

I'm realizing that its nothing really big that is distracting me - only a lot of little things. If I can get those little things under control it will get better for me!

I appreciate everyone's help on the office partition problem and also about managing my time.

When I get ready to actually work on the partition, whichever one I decide to use at the time, I will post that in the appropriate forum to help ensure that the job gets done correctly.

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Old 02-04-04, 07:54 AM
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You could always use standing floor lamps or wall lights/sconces. Even track lighting. Who cares if the wire runs down the wall?
 
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Old 02-04-04, 08:48 AM
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tae,

I think that's probably the route I will take and just move the current light fixture into the new 'center' of the living room. I think that will be the safest, most economical route to take.

Then I will build the partition wall to the ceiling to block out the noise from the living room to the office, and vice versa. I will be able to close the door for complete privacey.

There will be 2 doors and a window in the office so the natural lighting will be sufficient and in the evenings the lamps or sconces will be enough for what I need. I currently use a desk lamp for paperwork anyway, so and overhead isn't a problem.

Its not actually 2 doors but one stationary window/door and then the glass door. My desk currently blocks the window but when the wall is built then I can move the desk to the new wall and have that natural lighting as well.

I guess I need to hurry up and make some money so I can start on this project! Now that I've got the flooring down, and have decided on the lighting I think I'll talk to my electrician friend about moving the fixture this weekend or the one after that. At least I'll feel like I'm making progress toward my ultimate goal.

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