Glitch in the form

We need to do a work around. I’m sorry for the hassle. You were supposed to receive a link from my contracted email company to confirm your intent to join the Prayer Tribe. Some did, the majority of you did not.

I’m working diligently to remedy the foul up. The problem is wholly the email provider’s.

In the meantime, if you would like to be part of the Prayer Tribe, here are two work-around options as Reny guides and focuses the Prayer Tribe:

• Reny will post at my website, at my Facebook, and at my LinkedIn. You can check in at your convenience and stay updated.

• Or, you can go to PrestonGillham.com and sign up to receive an RSS feed into your email reader or your Inbox. The link to do this is in the upper right corner of the third column.

By signing up for RSS, you will receive an email each time a new post is made at my “Life and Leadership” blog. This is a good option for now, it just isn’t as personal as our “Join the Prayer Tribe” option. Once the mailer fixes “Join the Prayer Tribe,” I’ll let you know.

While you are praying for Ruby, please pray for me. Stuff like this drives me nuts, which is weird, because I’m already nuts. :/

Thanks for being in my corner. The editor is working diligently on “No Mercy.” His name is Steve and I’m certain you will hear from Reny soon about how to pray for Steve.

Bless you, and have a great Saturday.

Preston

Making time for what's important

As I find my bearings working from home, I am realizing that maintaining my priorities is proving more difficult than I anticipated. Just as I have been for the last 30 years, I am still my own boss. However, going to the office each day helped me define my work life and the rest of my life. These days it is too easy to return to my writing desk after dinner, again after my evening walk, and again before going to bed. It used to be that I would sit by the fire in the winter. It used to be that I would sit on the patio in the summer. It used to be that I would sit in my chair and read a book for pleasure. I have discovered that since I began working from home these priorities have suffered.

Working from home requires discipline. Of course, there is the discipline to begin, but there is also the discipline to stop. For me, the latter is more difficult.

Knowing that the office work day ended at five o'clock provided the accountability I needed to tend to my priorities. As simple as it sounds, I am finding that the antidote to my priority dilemma is to set a well defined quitting time. For me, quitting time is signaled by the dinner hour. Once it is time to cook dinner, it is also time to shut down my work life and returned to real life.

The risks for failing to manage my priorities are profound. All of the things I used to do included my wife, but there is only one chair in my home study.

How are you managing your priorities?

Working from home

On the first day of September 2008 I began working from home. Not all at once, but gradually. I co-founded and then served as President and Chairman of a nonprofit for almost thirty years. Hanging up my spurs was quite a change. After a few days of fly fishing to clear the cobwebs I began settling into the rhythm of a home-based schedule. It’s been good—kind of strange—but it’s OK now.

My timing is different. During those years running my own gig I knew where I was supposed to be at 8:00 AM: in my chair, the mission of the organization in my crosshairs, leading my team in pursuit of our corporate adventure. Great stuff. Now, I’m free to start whenever.

Since I am my own boss—the donors and Board used to be—I work to the beat of my own metronome. No more starting my morning workout (I ride a bicycle) at 5:05 AM in pitch blackness. That’s good. These days I ride mid-morning after I’m brain dead from writing for five hours. Then, I clean up and pick up where I left off. I work until it’s time to fix dinner, just like in the old days.

The schedule does for me today what the 8-5 workday, the Board, and the donors used to do. The alarm goes off at the same time it did prior to September 2008. I employ the same tools in my study that I did in my office. I set goals and tweak my business plan just like I used to do back in the day—sans the team meeting in the Conference Room.

How you work from home? We’d love to hear your tips.