Until recently, we were living to work. Our days were determined and scheduled around our employers. Time schedules were predictable and it was easy to know the time to get up, when to have dinner, pay bills, run errands, and go to bed to do it all over the next day. Weekends were filled with catching up on what we missed on our “To Do” lists and with the time left over, then we could relax. Relax. Hmmm.
Now, as we are working to live, we needed to create income around our lifestyle. Let’s just be direct here. This is not easy. Especially when we need to break some old habits. Honestly, at first, nothing was accomplised because we took advantage of the situation. LEt’s face it, no one is watching when we show up or leave. We put our watches in a drawer. Procrastination and incomplete tasks run a muck.
Through our experiences, here are our HABITS to be productive while on the road.
1. On Sunday, Set Goals for the Week
Even though days often just blend in together while on the road, the rest of the world still operates in a traditional work week. This allows us to be mindful of our family & friends and their reality. It keeps us on track and on the pulse of what the date is. Heck, its good enough to know the month. Plus, as we move on to the next steps, we know where we have wiggle room and when we need to really focus.
2. Write Dates and Times on a Calendar
We tried scheduling our calendar verbally. No go. The places we visit and the great people we meet can trump our work too easily. There is something about writing times on a calendar – (tactile task), and seeing it daily – (visual indicator), that makes it real. When we see it, talk about it, hold each other accountable, only then does our work truly get done. This is a critical element to successful scheduling.
3. Calculate the Hours/Minutes
Everyone should love math! This is a no-brainer. If you are planning on setting aside 18 hours to accomplish your work, while relaxed on Sunday, you are probably pretty close for the amount of time needed. So, if you end up stopping at a cool location that you stumbled upon, well, then you need to plug your time in elsewhere. Hey, and if you get your work done in less time – Congratulations! More time to play!
4. Define Your Work Space
Sparky can just about work anywhere and at anytime. On the other hand, I need predictability, habit, and quiet (Sparky is trying to edit this to say – pure silence!). We struggled a bit with this environment at first. It’s getting better but still has a way to go. Can’t deny, we love the life we are living and get excited about our experiences. We chat and digress way too easily. Kind of like now…so, back to topic…
We work in three hour chunks with mini breaks. Then a big break after the three hours pass by. I ALWAYS sit in the same place to work. Kitchen table, right side, plug under the couch for my technology and a hot tea behind the left side of my laptop. Sparky, well, sometimes he is on the couch, outside at the picnic table, next to the fire pit or even propped up in bed. Find your space and be sure to claim it!
5. Revisit Your Goals on Sunday
So, you juggle your week.
• How did you do?
• What went well?
• What should have been handled differently?
This is our conversation at the end of the week. Reflection is key. We learn and grow together. I want to mention that even though we may answer these questions as the week progresses, we still visit this on Sunday. It is the conversation that happens before we goal set for the next week.
So, looks good and sounds good. We are human so, we have learned to be flexible while on the road. However, this is the foundation in which our income is built upon. Without a strong base, the house crumbles. If you are struggling with either working from your RV, or even working from home, your productivity needs to be built on a strong foundation.