Below we’ve identified 12 decisions you should make to set up a comprehensive business system that’s tailored to your unique preferences and work demands. There’s no perfect way to set up a business system, but most people run into trouble if they haven’t answered these questions.


1. How many hours will you work each day and each week? Have a plan! If the nature of your work is such that you cannot set a precise figure, define clearly how you will decide on the amount of time you’ll spend working from week to week or day to day.


2. Which hours of the day will you work? You’re in control! Unless your work demands it, there is no reason to limit yourself to typical hours. You can work at hours better suited to your circumstances.


3. How many breaks do you plan to take each day and when will you take them? Have some fun! Some people like to break for five minutes each hour. Others prefer taking longer breaks after working for several hours. Still others break when they come to a stopping point in their work.


4. When will you do household chores? Other work must get done! Some people like to take a break for household chores and find that the change of pace allows them to come back to the office refreshed and ready to work. Others find that if they stop to do a household chore, the next thing they know the whole morning has slipped away.


5. When will you eat lunch and will you snack while working? Having the kitchen only steps away often becomes a problem for people who work at home. Consciously deciding how you will handle this should make it easier to keep your weight and concentration in bounds.


6. When and how will you dress? Some people find that to work effectively they need to get dressed as if they were going to the office. Others relish the freedom to stay in a robe all day.


To be continued in Part 2…

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