Working from your home can be a big blessing. Whether you have a home-based business or an employer who permits you this flexibility, there isn't any doubt that this kind of work arrangement has massive benefits. But it will come with a few challenges, namely, discovering a comfortable balance between your business and your home life, as well as making sure that you have the ability to be sufficiently productive. However, with a bit of forethought and some rules for time management, it's possible to accomplish a balanced lifestyle and boost productivity in both your household responsibilities and your workday.
Make routines more flexible.
As tempting as it will be to declare that Mondays are for laundry and Tuesdays are for dusting, or Thursdays are when you issue invoices and e-mails are read by 9 a.m., the fact is that as you work from home your schedule isn't always predictable. It might be particularly true if your kids are at home with you within your workday. If the unexpected interrupts your strict schedule, your whole routine can be thrown out of whack, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. Instead, provide yourself a more flexible time range to finish a task. Perhaps you do the laundry on Monday, Tuesday, OR Wednesday. Perhaps you deal with emails sometime after lunch and then send out invoices by Thursday evening. So long as you don't fall into that old procrastination trap (which we'll discuss next), this flexible schedule may remove feelings of failure as your day takes on an unexpected detour and interruption.
If you discover your flexible schedule is slowly becoming a victim of procrastination, step one includes asking yourself what the real reasons might be for putting off a task for later:
Once you know the reasons for procrastination and you have the ability to address them, with a bit of will power it is possible to prevent severe procrastination from getting in the way of productivity.
Use an egg timer.
While working from home, it's simple to permit time spent on individual duties to get away from you. Answering an email is one type of time-monster that, if left unanswered, may eat away more hours from the day than we'd care to admit. Therefore, provide yourself a time restriction for this task. Set an egg timer for 20 minutes and deal with those emails, handling first those things which are of the top priority. As the timer goes off, move on to something else.
Also, this may work well when you're handling the tasks you always put off. Set your timer for a set quantity of time then do not work on anything else. If you just have to work on a dreaded duty for a restricted quantity of time, it may make diving headfirst into it more manageable. It's additionally simpler to avoid distraction and hop from one task to another if you know you just have twenty minutes to achieve the present project.
Buy a good planner.
A great planner is critical. There are a lot of planners in the marketplace to choose from; just make certain that you pick one that will accommodate the way you work. Something you should think about while choosing a method for scheduling your days includes deciding whether to go manual or electronic. If you're technologically savvy, you might pick a computer-scheduling program, like Lotus Notes or Outlook, a PDA (personal digital assistant) or a mixture of the two. If you'd rather rely on the paper and pen method, make certain your planner is small enough to take along with you as you're on the run, yet big enough to accommodate both your family and work activities and events.