How to keep your sanity when transitioning out of a 9 – 5 work structure 

Is being a entrepreneur really for everybody? It sounds like the new American Dream – work from home where pants are optional. But is it for everyone? Working from home that is. With a recent job change I realized that this transition is unavoidable, even when it means I have more control of my time. Surprisingly, there’s a ton of adjusting when moving from a 9 – 5 to an unconventional work schedule. 

Party planners, freelancers, entrepreneurs – these are prime examples of people who’s work schedule depends on what they determine is important and when it needs to be done. My career path has always been in the corporate or retail world. So basically I was told when to work. But now, I have control of time. Yes, it’s nice to have the freedom, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. Everyone’s experience is different, so I’d like to share mine.

Here are 3 things I realized while adjusting to a “unconventional” work schedule (with solutions)

1. Distractions everywhere! 

Habits are hard to break. Especially the ones behind closed doors. Take that statement as you will, but what I was referring to was lounging on the couch and binge watching Silicon Valley *yes, this is my guilty pleasure while I patiently wait for Game of Thrones* It’s not impossible (spoiler: these solutions have a pinch of self-disciple and a sh*t load of patience). The best way to break this habit is sticking to your routine. My daily routine was developed over time. Because I started my 9 – 5 work schedule immediately after high school, I had 10 years *holy crap! Did I just say 10?!* to build a healthy routine of hitting the gym early. Sticking with this routine gets me out of bed, leading me down a productive day.

2. People think that you have all the time in the world

Mobility is a perk. There are so many tools to stay connected it’s sickening. But what’s interesting is that others may view your mobility as freedom to d*ck around. Which is not wrong. With freedom comes responsibility. Just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should. Meaning when your friends are off the clock, doesn’t mean you are too. It can be challenging especially if your inner circle works a structured work schedule. You now have the responsibility to say “sorry, but I need to focus on this.” But how do you say it without making the other person feel unimportant?

My words can be unfiltered at times and may be paired a strong emotion. Needless to say it can make people feel like their bothering me. Solution: slow your roll and be proactive by communicating your priority list to others. Meaning, before the day starts, list out the tasks (or projects) that need to get done. Make the effort to estimate how much time is needed, then share it! 

3. It can get lonely

I’m, by no means, an introvert. I literally do not get energized through solitude. Working in a unconventional setting, with no coworkers and no direct customers (yet), can get lonely. Most of my time is spent building my brand (shameless plug: sign up on my newsletter to receive updates). So whether I’m working from home or a coffee shop, the conversations are in my head. My closest colleague is Mac (my computer). We’ve built a very strong relationship over the past few weeks. My advice if you are an extrovert: join a community and schedule weekly meet ups with friends. Life will reward you, but only when your energy is high. 

So in conclusion! Is being a entrepreneur really for everybody? It can be… if you want it. But, it’s your responsibility to develop a strong sense of self awareness, self disciple and self motivation in order to be successful while working with no pants — I mean home… when working from home. 

Can you relate? Let me know in the comments below. 

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