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!