Working from home is great, but you know what? Sometimes it can be really difficult to manage your time. In fact when working a desk job many people can’t manage their time (and in that type of job they have a schedule and a bit more “discipline”!) so image what it is like when you work for yourself.
I bet you have been in the situation that you wish there were more hours in the day right? There is so much to do, from family issues, to appointments, and then of course the work you have to do. It just seems that there are not enough hours in the day.
Imagine if I said to you that you could actually accomplish more in less time. Would that be of interest to you? If you could you could either do more and be more productive or simply enjoy more free time – the choice would be yours.
Today I have good news for you! I am going to show you how you can have more time so that you can accomplish everything.
Here are my top tips:
You have to have a list! The fact is that without a list you are lost! How do you know what you have to do or what you have done if you don’t have a list?
One thing I love about having a list is crossing things off and feeling that inner feeling of satisfaction as I know I have got another thing done.
How you create the list is up to you. Some prefer having a written list, others prefer to do it on the computer (personally I use a combination of methods!)
Learn to prioritise. Being able to priories is essential, especially if you are running your own business from home (or any other location). You see there are so many things you have to do that you have to decide which tasks are the most important, not just which ones are the easiest.
Which tasks are going to push you close to your goal? Which ones are not going to help you? When working from home this can be a real problem, as you may prioritise things you like doing that are not related to your business!
Deadlines. Coupled with the first two points is making sure you have a deadline for each task. Without a deadline you will never get anything done (sorry to be blunt but!)
Don’t put things off (procrastinate) Putting things off is something we all do. You know that feeling of “I will do it tomorrow?” Well the problem is that sometimes you keep putting it off and then suddenly realise it actually has to be done for tomorrow. You know what happens? You then start to get stressed and this does not help you at all. So don’t procrastinate!
Use the early morning to get as much as you can done first. This then means you can balance your work load in the afternoon. If you were to wake up late and then have to do many tasks in the afternoon you probably would not get as many done.
If you don’t like it do if first! I would suggest you do the things that you don’t like first. Why? Because then they are out of the way and you can get more things done in the afternoon. If you procrastinate over things that you find difficult this will mean you end up putting off these tasks indefinitely.
One little tip here – schedule something that you enjoy and that is fun to finish off the day. This means you end the day happy, but also can have the effect that you will go through your tasks in a timely manner to get things done!
Multi-task. If you can multitask then do! For example when working at home, you might be able to catch up on the washing while you are waiting for a video to render, or something to download!
One word of warning, thought, don’t try to do too many things all at the same time as then you may end up not getting everything done!
Time management is a skill that you need to be able to get good at. When working at home your time can be “stolen” by friends, families and neighbours, who don’t really “get” the whole “working from home thing.” You need to make sure that you “get it” so that you can plan your time and ensure that you get everything done that you need to do!
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