04 Apr Time Management Tips for Work at Home Professionals
Time is Money. No one knows this better than professionals who work from home, as time management is the one area where they can feel most challenged. But, if they can tame time, this can also become one of their strengths and add numerous benefits to the ever-growing list of “pros of working from home”.
If you also happen to be facing some “resistance” from time when working from home, then here five tips to help you show it “who’s boss”!
Define Your Work Day
While the biggest benefit of working from home is flexi-time, it should not get too flexible. You need to define your working hours – at least 4-5 hours at a stretch – to create an environment conducive to work. Choose the time slots based on your comfort level and the kind of work that you need to complete. If it doesn’t involve interaction with others, then you can work early in the morning or late into the night. If you need to communicate – either with clients or colleagues in the office – then schedule your work time during regular working hours. Defining your work day will take away a lot of the stress that you face in managing time when working from home.
Make a Timetable and Follow It
We really can’t stress this enough. Create a proper work plan and a to do list the night before. List all your non-negotiable professional and personal tasks with specific timelines in this plan. This will ensure that you don’t miss out on any important work tasks and can complete them before or on time.
Say NO to Social Media
We know, it’s very difficult to do! Social media is probably one of the biggest distractions for professionals who work from home. The ease of access and no supervision makes it very easy to lose control over how much time you spend scrolling through Facebook and Twitter – before you know it, the day is over. If you happen to suffer from social media addiction, limit your access to these sites to your break time. Log out of your accounts on your laptop and mobile before you start work. Similarly, avoid checking and replying to emails frequently. Instead, check them every 2-3 hours and respond only to those that are very important. Leave the unimportant ones for the end of the day.
Create a Place of Work
Set aside a corner or room especially for work. Make sure that it is not in the most accessible or commonly used areas of your home and let your family know that you are not to be disturbed when you are working from there – unless there is an emergency. Define what an emergency is, especially to your children. When you’re in this space, follow the same rules that you would in a traditional professional environment. This will not only help you concentrate on your work, but will also improve your productivity.
Take Regular Breaks
Yes, you read it right. Many professionals who work from home, forget to switch off. Work consumes them both throughout the day and even during weekends. After a while, this leads to burnout and demotivation which affects productivity and loss of valuable time. To ensure that you don’t fall into this trap of constantly being at work, schedule regular breaks into your work day, and take the weekends off to rejuvenate.
Follow these steps and experiment a bit to create a schedule that is both professionally productive and personally satisfying, a must for the success of your work-from-home decision. If you would like to explore interesting work from home opportunities, get in touch with us and we will assist you in finding the best-fit options.