Prepare to Run a Marathon

I am using the analogy to run a marathon because business and golf can be very similar.  I took my girls to San Diego yesterday to play a practice round for the upcoming Junior Amateurs.  It’s a pretty big golf tournament for them.  My eight year old would have to play from the adult tees 18 holes two days in a row.

So, best thing to do is be prepared right?  Yes, they practice at the local driving range almost daily.  But, that does not compare to their little legs walking one and a half miles while pushing a heavy golf cart weighed down by a full set of clubs and swinging the club consistently about 60 to 70 times.

My eight year old complained about having to play 18 holes.  She’s accustomed to playing 9 hole tournaments.  I had to explain to her, “That’s why we’re here, so you can build your endurance and get to know the golf course a little.”

I compare this to preparing to run a marathon or being ready for a hard day at work.

The discipline involved with working from home is actually much more difficult than having a regular job in my opinion.  Not because it’s more physical, but because we must be able to work without supervision and without having regular, day to day tasks built out for us.  We often must determine what our tasks are and prioritize appropriately.

Don’t get me wrong, I choose what I do any day over anything else.  I definitely wouldn’t want my husband’s job.  He delivers for a major shipping company and we had this chat a few months back where he stated that I wouldn’t be able to handle his job.  I explained that no, while I wouldn’t want to, at least he has his day laid out for him.  He knows he is going to make 100 stops, where those stops need to be, what he has to do at each stop and when he is expected to finish his day.  I, on the other hand, have to look at my project list, determine what I need to work on and do it without tempting myself to walk back upstairs and go to bed with a hot cup of tea.  With that, my husband agreed, if he had a work at home job, he would likely not wake up on time ever!

So, before you decide that working at home is wholeheartedly something you want to get into, give it a try.  Take a few hours out of your regular day and practice the habit of working at home.  Practice, practice, practice!  That’s what I always say!

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Sinnary Sam is a marketing professional specializing in Prospect Marketing Events. She works from home part time and manages her four daughters' busy school and sports schedules.


4 Responses to Prepare to Run a Marathon

  1. Greta Boris December 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    I’ve never run a full marathon, but I’ve run lots of 1/2 marathons and you’re right. The self-discipline involved in working from home is very similar to the discipline you need to exert when training. But, what I want to know is, where’s the finish line!!

  2. Sinnary December 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    Good one Greta! I never thought of that. I guess we could all define what our finish line is. Good idea too!

  3. nikki December 20, 2012 at 5:51 am #

    Great analogy. I sometimes find it difficult to get everything I have planned for the day. I like to have daily goals and weekly goals. If I cannot get everything done on Monday, I know that somewhere in the rest of the weeks plan I need to pick up the slack. That way I do not feel as if I failed on Monday. Working from home means learning to be a bit flexible, things always seem to come up. Look at daily and weekly plans of action. I have not mastered it yet, but getting better each week!

    • Sinnary December 20, 2012 at 8:38 am #

      Right Nikki, we can’t expect too much as well, otherwise we set ourselves up for failure. Our finish line is a little fuzzy and can be moved out a mile.

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