Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thirty Days of work in the Home Day 8

Treating your work in the home or in a home business with a professional attitude:

Those who excel in their work, be it what they do in the home or what they do in business (and home business), generally conduct themselves with a professional attitude.

How can you incorporate more professionalism into your work life?
Here are some ideas:

1) Learn some principles of etiquette or business etiquette, as is appropriate for what you do. You don't have to become Miss Manners or Emily Post. You simply need enough practice in etiquette to feel confident in social or business settings. Even if you operate a home business of the type which rarely calls for interpersonal interaction, it's still wise to know how to conduct yourself in a rare client meeting or to know how to send professional emails.
2) Be a problem solver. When something happens that is not according to your plan, do your best to deal with it. Do not complain or become easily discouraged.
3) Keep improving your skills and polishing your talents.
4) Find inspiration for your daily work. Help yourself stay inspired.
5) Don't become discouraged when you are wrong. Apologize if you need to. Repent if it involves sin. (Not all flubs are due to sin.) Then, get on with the business of living.
6) Do your best to do your work in a timely fashion. If you have promised someone that you will do something by a certain date, do it. (Think twice before promising!)
7) Be considerate of the time of others. Be on time for appointments. Call if you are unavoidably detained.
8) Do not assume that if a woman is home all day long that she has the time to watch your children any time you need her to, shuttle your children to activities, be on the phone for hours, devote hours to your pet volunteer project, or do an errand that you can't get to. If a woman is home, it is probably because she has made her home and family a priority in her life. This role takes a lot of time and demands respect. If she wishes to help you as she is able to, that's wonderful. However, don't presume.
9) If you are a full time keeper at home, don't be afraid to say no to requests for your time that will keep you from fulfilling your role. One lovely thing about being in the home is that our time is more flexible than those who work in an office a certain number of hours. Women who are full time keepers at home have traditionally given some of their hours to serving others outside the home, as well as to developing friendships. However, it is possible to take on so many outside activities that you fail to care for your home and family, which are the reasons you are home in the first place. Don't let false guilt cause you to overload your schedule with outside things. Pray and determine what the best use is for your time.

What does God say about work?

Good works are our adornment; if we claim to be godly, we should demonstrate it by lives devoted to working for the Lord: Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness. I Timothy 2:10

Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.
Titus 3:14





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