I’m Just Going to Do One More Thing…

by in WAHM Issues

How many times have you said that while working on your business? I'm willing to bet all the money in my pocket that you've said it a lot. Probably more than you even realize you're doing.

When you're at home it's so easy to say “I'll just do this one other thing and then we'll go to the store…” or “and then we'll go to the park,” maybe even, “and then I'll go to bed.

Oh yeah, you're busted now.

I know how it easy because I do it myself all.the.time. Even after years of working at home and being aware that I can fall into the trap, I still get caught doing “just one more thing” until 2:30 and 3:00 AM.

I actually caught myself doing this very thing last night as my husband was on his way to bed. We've both put in a lot of hours working this week and we're both exhausted, probably a little cranky, and I actually started to say, “I'm going to finish formatting this file and I'll be right there…” when I stopped and hit save on everything I had open, closed it all up, and hit the shutdown button instead.

Sometimes one more thing isn't worth it. I'm not saying there aren't going to be late nights and lots of hard work and hours put in. What I'm saying is you need to know your limit and it's okay to go to bed before 2:00 AM when you have to get up at 5:30 to get the kids ready for school.

There's nothing wrong with pushing yourself to meet a goal, after all that's the stuff dreams are made of, but sometimes you have to hit the off button and get some sleep so you can focus properly.

I went to bed earlier than usual last night and I was so exhausted I actually fell asleep instead of staring at the wall like I normally would that early. But this morning I got up and I was ready to get back to work. I got the boys off to school, pulled up those files I was working on and got them done much quicker than I expected to when I was starting at them last night with toothpicks holding my eyelids up.

So today – right now – I challenge you to step away. Don't do ” just one more thing,” and instead go spend some time with your family, or take a walk in the park, or go play with the dog outside.

Go do something that doesn't require a computer monitor in front of your face and recharge your virtual batteries so that you can come back to your desk and knock that to-do list out faster than ever. Rinse and repeat again tomorrow…

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About the Author - Loretta Oliver

Loretta Oliver, married to the comic book geek of her dreams and mother of four boys ages 15 to 19, has been working from home full time since 2001, starting out working for others and gradually moving into working for herself. Now she has busy transcription service business, a few niche blogs, a podcast for virtual assistants, and a host of other internet marketing projects on her virtual resume. You’ll find her tidbits of creativity everywhere when you visit Loretta online, from her cross stitch website to her social media profiles, all with a dash of snark and a speckle of humor.


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Leslie April 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm

How right you are with this. I find myself using that phrase much more then I should, and mostly when my boys ask me to spend time with them. Starting tomorrow (it is late now and they are already in bed), I’ll try to turn every “just one more thing” into a “let’s have some fun NOW”. After all, they are the reason why I’m working at home.


Loretta Oliver April 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I actually forced myself to take the entire day off on Saturday – I didn’t even turn on the computer. I skimmed emails from my phone, but only to delete the junk so it wouldn’t be so messy when I came back to my desk.


Tricia Meyer April 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

This is so me! In fact so much so that when I say it, my kids just roll their eyes and walk away because they know it is not going to be just one more thing. It’s going to be at least a few more things. And maybe a few more after that. Great reminder to quit always trying to shove in more and more work!!


Loretta Oliver April 16, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I know that eye roll look very well…

I’ve been trying to force myself to take off one full day per week and do fun stuff with everyone. A few months ago my 14 year old told me, “Mom, you used to be fun. Now you just work too much.” Leave it to one of the teenagers to be brutally honest with me…


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