5 Time Management Strategies to Make the Most of Today
Anyone working from home, will find that time management is extremely important to you and your success. You have to work it just like it was full-time (or part-time) ‘job’. Some people right now are experiencing what full-time work from home looks like and, I hope to help you with the following 5 time management strategies while doing so even if it occurred unexpectedly.
When you work from home, time management and work-life balance is extremely important.
It’s hard to turn off being an entrepreneur, right?
But, with the right time management strategies you will find yourself saying no more often and, feeling great about it!
5 Time Management Strategies
… that can help you really have productive days that allows you to get offline and enjoy life after work!
1. Daily and Weekly To-Do Lists
Every day, I write a list of all the things I want to accomplish either for that day specifically or the week in general. I don’t know about you, but checking things off of a list is super satisfying. I move the ‘to dos’ up from the day before if needed, and I highlight the things that MUST be done today.
Deadlines are written next to the task if there are specific due dates that I need to meet (or hold myself accountable).
By rewriting the list daily, I am cementing my tasks in my head and I am able to prioritize what needs to be done first. You’ll find this gets easier as you go, but there’s no time like the present to create great habits.
2. Schedule in Down Time
At the office, people get lunch breaks, coffee breaks, etc.
You can’t expect yourself to focus for 8 hours nonstop every day, it just doesn’t happen and it isn’t realistic — or healthy. Instead of setting yourself some unrealistic expectations and then being disappointed by them, make sure to give yourself some down time too.
I start every day with my coffee and reading pages from my Bible.
Next, I write my daily to-do list, and check my email.
At lunch time, I generally log off the computer and eat and spend time with the kids while at home and in the afternoon, I go to the gym, or just get up and stretch.
Have priorities and tasks for each day, but allow yourself time to check out of work, even for a short while.
3. Block Out Distractions
Above, I encouraged you to schedule downtime. Now, it’s time to schedule work time.
When it’s time to get down to business, close out your social media tabs, and focus on the specific activity you need to complete. You can chunk your time into different blocks, set times to remind yourself when it’s time to move on or, if you’re used to working a 9am – 5pm out of the home, run your day the same way.
It is also helpful to keep your family in the loop of what your work time looks like — it can absolutely be challenging at times, but I have found letting my own family know what my day will look like, they’ve been exceptionally great about giving me that time.
And, if your little ones happen to jump into your Facebook Live or need a little attention during your personal development time, it’s OK. Just limit the distractions as much as possible especially the ones you create for yourself.
4. Stay Organized
This fits right into my note above about to-do lists. Staying organized saves time and energy, and most importantly, keeps client and customer needs at the forefront.
For me, I use my calendar to track my client calls, my to-do lists for daily tasks and priorities, Google Drive for all of my documents and spreadsheets, Voxer for communication among other software that works for our team. Find what works for you.
5. Learn to Say No
This has been one of the hardest things for me to learn and is something I still struggle with from time to time. I want to be available to my clients, and also provide value over and over, don’t we all? And sometimes, this can come at the expense of saying yes to things that don’t serve our greater goal.
I love coaching and working with network marketers and entrepreneurs, but I can’t be everything to everyone. This, will be a consistent goal for me in my business but I have seen the positive results since being aware of it and making the necessary changes.
How are you finding working from home? Any cool tips you have found most helpful?
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