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Re-framing

A friend of mine from the day job and I career coach each other. We're both part-time at that job and working from home on other jobs. (Actually, she's doing two part-time outside home plus trying to figure out how and if she wants to do an eBay business.)

We're both finding that the way we treat our at-home work time is really different from the way we treat our on-site work time. It's something to do with our perfectionism, and whether we have enough time to do a task at home, or not. For instance, I might say, "Oh, I've got to leave in an hour so what use is it for me to write?" Then I'd go putter around or play a video game.

Whereas, if I were at the day-job, I'd just say, "Okay, what's the next most important thing I need to do?" and I'd do it for an hour, whether or not I'd finish it.

It's like there's some perfectionistic inertia at work, telling us that we simply don't have the right schedule, the right tools, the right whatever, to do the things we really want to do. It makes me crazy that somehow I've come to think this way, though rather than trying to dredge up the origins or dissect myself trying to figure out why, I'm happy enough to simply try and incorporate a different behavior.

So far, so good. Instead of saying, "I've only got an hour," I'll say, "I'm going to write from 9 to 10." It actually sounds too simplistic to work, but for whatever reason, it does indeed get me over that inertia hump.

In tandem with this, I'd like to come up with a list of small tasks that I can do if I only have 15 minutes or if I'm kind of tired but I want to keep momentum. This idea is similar to something I do at the day-job, which is keeping a list of supplies we always use from various vendors so I can tack something on to an order that's below minimum without searching around and wondering what we'd need or use.

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