As much as I love working at home, there are some days I could use an extra 36 hours to accomplish everything that needs to get done. I’ve also had this discussion with other work at home friends and we all agree that staying focused on work and having a plan of attack makes all the difference.
Here are some time management tips I acquired from my friends; I’ve tried a few of them as well and some days are great and I work really efficiently and other days it doesn’t work quite as well.
- Divide your work into blocks of time. – I’m a huge fan of Google Calendar and just last night I scheduled everything I had to do in blocks of time. I’m a very visual person so it helps to see the colored blocks and know exactly which client’s work I’m supposed to be doing. Sometimes a project will run longer than expected but it’s a guide to keep you focused on one project at a time.
- Block off time for checking email. – Rather than having your email open constantly, devote 30 minutes a couple times a day to check and respond to any questions. If all your business communication is done through email and you need to keep that window open, at the very least turn off your notifications so you don’t hear the beeps of new emails every couple of minutes. It’s all about maintaining focus.
- Install a free time tracker on your computer. – If you need more accountability, try a tool like ManicTime. This time tracker pops up every time you take a break from the computer and to clear the screen, you need to login what you were doing during that break. Likewise, even if you’re sitting for 7 hours a day at your computer, it logs all the webpages you visited and tracks how long you were at each site. So if you’re wondering why you’re not billing 7 hours of work each day, ManicTime will tell you right to your face where you spent your time.
What’s your favorite time saving tip? Just leave a comment below 🙂