Working from home is not as easy a task as it seems. While working from offices may seem to be a grueling task, keeping in mind the time that may be spent traveling and explaining business strategies to colleagues who just won’t understand, working from home comes with its own set of hassles. The most important thing while working from home is to keep track of time and how you spend it.
There are a lot of ways in which you can keep track of time and spend it effectively.
Plan the coming week during the weekend. Everyday, start your day before the rest of your family. Take into account what all you have to accomplish during that day quietly while you sip coffee. Early starts will always help you stay on the track and you won’t end losing your mind before the clock has struck noon.
Make some space in your home exclusively for work and don’t let anyone have access to it. This way you wont be running around finding files and folders all over the house. Having a small office space will keep you more organized and disciplined.
While working from home, it’s a good thing to have a sense of balance between the time you devote to work and family. For this you need to have set goals for each day and segregate household tasks from work. It’s a good idea to go through regular household tasks before you sit down for work.
Having a specific time frame in which you work is a must. This will ensure that you will have solid working hours everyday. Also during these hours you can consciously stay away from household work, uselessly surfing the net and checking personal mails. It will be wise to check mails two to three times a day and reply to them there and then.
Get mobile! There will be times when you will be loaded with work and household pressures will not let you stay at home to work, for example, sickness of a family member, family outings etc. So, get a laptop with a wireless Internet connection and take your work along with you where ever you go.
Try and simplify your life. A home based job or business will provide you with ample opportunities to do just that. Avoid personal calls during work hours or watching television. Get more focused and treat your work hours at home as if you were working in an office.
Use an alarm clock or a timer. This will help you set a routine and will show you how not to waste time and stay focused on your work.
If you are a mother working form home, it may seem to be a difficult task but can be dealt with. If you have 5-6 year olds then you can slowly teach them how to spend their time after school playing among themselves or with there friends while you concentrate on your work.
With these tips you are sure to manage your time while you wok from home, easily and effectively.