You know that saying about the best laid plans, right? Well, what do you do when you’ve scheduled out the week for your virtual assistant business, but it doesn’t go quite as you planned?
Let me tell you what happened to me.
Last week, I had everything for my business all planned out, including client work, some VA mentoring calls, running my marketing challenge, finishing a list building product, a live webinar and a Google Hangout.
And then my internet became spotty. It would drop unexpectedly and then start working again. And then it stopped working altogether. I was not a happy camper! I called the cable company and they said it was probably the modem. They could have a technician bring out a new one, but it wouldn’t be until late Friday afternoon. Friday afternoon?!
First, I kind of freaked out. How was I going to get everything done with no internet? And what about the live webinar and Google Hangouts where I’d be a guest? People were counting on me!
Then I took a breath and assessed my situation. Part of the reason that I wanted to live this lifestyle was so that I wouldn’t be chained to a desk in an office for the better part of my day. I could take my work anywhere I liked, couldn’t I?
My neighbors happened to be on vacation and I was feeding their cat and watering their plants for them that week. They had a home office space, and internet access. I asked if I could use their house for a couple of days, and of course, they said yes.
So I packed up my laptop and a couple of important items and headed next door to continue on with my work week. I was able to get my client work done, pare down some other work I had scheduled and rock out the webinar and the Hangout!
So, how did I go from a place of panic to a place of confidence when faced with this situation?
First, I practiced gratitude. I’m thankful for the fact that I can pick up and work anywhere. I’m thankful that I had a working laptop and neighbors who were generous. I’m thankful that my son had no problem grabbing some toys to stay occupied and tagging along with me.
We have to be flexible in life. Sometimes things don’t always go as we imagine, and we have to roll with it and go with Plan B. Sometimes we even have to go with Plan C or D!
Sure, there was a crazy moment during the live Hangout where the neighbor’s cat jumped up in the window behind where I was sitting, had a sneezing fit and then was chased around by my son. But this is real life! (By the way, that Hangout has great tips for creating a summer schedule for your VA biz.)
My point with all of this is to remind you that you are no longer stuck in a cubicle all day. You make your own schedule and can work where you like! If it’s nice out, get outside. Take more breaks and enjoy time with your family.
Remember to be flexible. Maybe there’s a reason that things don’t always go as we planned. Maybe the new plan is even better.
And don’t forget to practice gratitude. When you start thinking about all of the things that aren’t going right, try to remember the awesome things that you do have in life.
These tips will help you to switch your mindset so that you can go from a place of panic to a place of confidence, too!
Do you have any other tips for how to handle things that life throws at you? Leave them in the comments.