5 Time Management Strategies to Make the Most of Today
As an entrepreneur working from home, time management is extremely important to you and your success. You have to work it just like it was when 9am-5pm corporate 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 for working from home (even if, unexpectedly).
When you work from home or are an entrepreneur in general, 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 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 today specifically or this 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.
By rewriting the list daily, I am cementing my tasks in my head and 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. So, you can’t expect yourself to focus for 8 hours nonstop every day, it just doesn’t happen and isn’t realistic — or healthy. Instead of setting yourself some unrealistic expectations and then being disappointed, make sure to give yourself some down time.
I start every day with coffee and reading from the 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 at home. 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, do the task. 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.
4. Stay Organized
This fits right into my to-do lists. Staying organized saves time and energy, and most importantly, keeps client 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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