When you work from home, whether as your own boss or as an employee, you know that learning how to manage your time effectively is a crucial part of getting your work done.
Two of the biggest problems that those who work from home face, is procrastination and other people not understanding that they are, in fact working, and not just playing on the computer all day.
Of course it takes discipline to work from home when you don’t have anyone looking over you and telling you what to do, so it’s understandable that it’s not for everyone, and on the other side, you could have the other problem of people constantly visiting or expecting you to be free for chats and babysitting during the day when you’re trying to work, so being able to stand firm with people and letting them know you’re working is a must.
We’ve put together some our best tips for managing your day when working from home with the hours you have available.
- Time Blocking: this is probably one of the best productivity hacks around, and once you get into the habit, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it. Time Blocking is basically just taking note of all the tasks you have to perform throughout your day and allocating specific blocks of time to complete each one. For example, if you have to speak to customers as part of your job, set aside a certain amount of time and use a timer, focus solely on that before moving on to the next task on your calendar;
- Batching: very similar to blocking, batching is where you set aside time to complete tasks in bulk. An example would be, if you have to create content, such as blog or social media posts, then you would use your Time Blocking schedule to create only these posts – you can allocate an hour or two in the morning to create multiple posts at once so you have them done in advance;
- Scheduling: there are so many tools available on the market today to help you save time, and since time is the one thing you can’t get back, then it makes sense to use these to your advantage. You can take those posts that you or your assistant has written, if you have someone managing your social media, then put them into a scheduling tool that can automatically post at a time you specified;
- Delegate: knowing where to start with delegation is not easy, but it’s definitely a must because you have so many hours in the day. You can delegate various things like admin, answering emails, creating social media posts, or even get help around the house with Whizz Home Cleaners, so you have time to focus on the things you’re best at.
If time management isn’t something you’ve been great at until now, these will take some practice and discipline, but if you stick to them and get into the habit of managing your day well, it will soon become second nature and you’ll start to notice how much more productive you become.