Monday, April 21, 2008

Organizing Your Time when you Work from Home

One challenge of working from home is keeping your time organized. It can be tempting to sit down and play with the kids or watch some TV and all of a sudden 1/2 your day is gone. Personally I don't keep any regular schedule other than getting my son off to school on time and being up for when the little girl I baby-sit is dropped off. I prioritize as I go based on what the kids and my various businesses need at the time. Despite that, I am very organized and the freedom works for me. It will not work for most people.

If you are not naturally prone to a schedule, regimenting your day into an hour by hour breakdown may be too strict for you. Alternately you may cling to an hourly schedule so strictly that when flexibility is needed, you won't know how to accommodate that.

My suggestion is a daily "to do" list. Write down all things you need to get done each week to maintain your business/job and your household/family. Then delegate them to individual days. Keep a "to do" list for each day of the week. On the list will be those things that get done on that day each week, but it also allow you to add to it when things pop up, such as appointments, or other unusual tasks.

For example:
Monday - pick up clutter & toys, vacuum/sweep and wash all floors, wash dishes, get children to/from school, make business calls (return messages, sales calls, etc.), pay bills

Tuesday - pick up clutter & toys, clean bathrooms, wash dishes, get children school, place online ads, do paperwork

Wednesday - pick up clutter & toys, dust, wash dishes, get children to/from school, network, connect with employees and/or team members
You get the idea.

Whatever method you, the key is to stay organized enough to achieve your goals and have a successful business.

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