Moving house and starting a business are each, on their own, some of the most exciting and stressful things you’ll do in life. Doing them at the same time can be a serious challenge. However, it’s one that many people have to take on. If you’re starting a home-based business, you have to know your home can support your entrepreneurial aspirations. Moving into a bigger home may be right for your business in the long run, but it complicates things in the immediate term. In order to help make this process a little simpler, we’ve come up with this article of tips to get you started:
Knock Out Simple, Effective To-Dos
Throughout your move, your focus on moving and running your business should be knocking out the simple, effective items on your to-do list. These are good to prioritize for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, they’re genuinely important and will bring results. For example, if you haven’t registered your business as an LLC, doing so will take the legal weight off your shoulders and make tax preparation easier. Simple tasks that get returns are always worth it. Moreover, they’ll motivate you to keep going. Every driven person knows the rush of crossing something off the to-do list. It might sound a little silly, but that has legitimate psychological power. Moving often feels like you’re doing a lot of work for no results, especially before the actual move itself. Keeping track of your tasks and noting when you’ve done them can help you remind yourself you truly are moving forward.
Plan Your Workstation
Another important move to make is to plan for your workstation as you move. Consider packing up your office last or, if that gives you too much anxiety, set up an open, well-marked box in your office that has your most frequently used supplies. Working out of that box for a day or two might be a challenge, but it will make your move day simpler for certain. When you’ve moved into your new home, unpack your office early. Go for that clearly marked box with your most-used supplies and get back down to business! That said, you should consider the possibility that that won't be feasible. There are always unexpected hiccups in moving, and yours could affect your office space. To that end, browse online sales and coupons to find a good price for a reliable laptop. This way you can work anywhere in your new home, at least for a few days. Even if this doesn’t wind up being your main work computer, it can be a great tool for working on the road down the line.
Schedule Time To Breathe
Finally, be sure to build self-care into your schedule as you move. You’ll have a lot on your plate between packing, organizing, moving, and settling into your new home. It’s important to give yourself space and time to unwind and breathe. We recommend working a mindfulness practice into your schedule throughout the moving process. This is a great way to start your mornings as it gives you a chance to begin your day calm and collected. If you’re new to mindfulness, here are a few tips for getting into the habit:
- Start small — although you might have an ultimate goal of ten minutes or more, one or two minutes to start is just fine.
- Use your mindfulness time to focus fully on the present moment. Use your senses to notice what’s happening around and within you.
- If you notice your mind wandering, don’t get upset with yourself — you’re not doing it wrong, and wandering is normal. Simply notice the wandering and gently direct your mind back to the present.
Being mindful everyday throughout your move will leave you better equipped to handle the stress that comes with this process. Plus, it will be a great practice to hold on to and use while running your company. Recognize your achievements, plan solutions to potential problems, and build space into your schedule to rest, and you’ll have an excellent move! And if you’re still on the hunt for your dream home, reach out to Michelle Thomas today.