Whether you run a small business or are a pro-blogger one thing is clear when working from home you need to manage your time effectively. When Olive started school in September I was suddenly faced with 5 hours a day working time. Sounds amazing right?! Well it took me until Christmas to get myself organised! I became a procrastinating, busy fool! Which is no good for productivity. Once I established a routine and set some goals. I found my time spent far more effectively.
- Set realistic goals : Nadine, JuggleMum suggests not becoming overwhelmed by your to do list. If you set to achieve three things each day, which is an attainable figure, after a 5 day week you have completed 15 items from the list! The act of achieving the three goals you set yourself will also boost your motivation. There is a famous quote that reads “Most people overestimate what they can do in one day and underestimate what they can achieve in a lifetime.”
- Prioritise : Sonia, This Mummy Loves makes prioritising key. It is essential that you set all your priorities straight prior to doing something else. You need to make a list of all the things that matters the most down to the least. Make sure that all of the stuff included in that list should be done and taken care of immediately.
- Plan your time : Did you know there are 168 hours in a week!? Sophie from Essential Pro never thought she had “enough time” sounds familiar right? Once she blocked out her hours per week for sleeping, eating, working etc … she found she actually had 30 hours left to spare! 30 hours!
- Be organised : Sounds simple. But how many times have you got in the car to go to a meeting and realised you have no change for the car park? Always ensuring you have change, petrol, a book of stamps for one letter will save you valuable time each day. BCF Business guest post is full of great little tips.
- Stop Multi-Tasking : Multi-tasking doesn’t make you more productive in fact it makes you much less productive. Vicky Charles, makes a great point that productivity is literally doing one thing at a time. You might feel like you’re moving more slowly, but actually numerous studies have shown that if you do only one task at a time, you will move through your tasks more quickly and accurately than if you try to do several at the same time.
- Start delegating and outsourcing : Amanda from Your Executive Secretary might have made a business from delegating but it’s still a valid point. Don’t wait until you are financially at a certain level or until you’ve got x amount of clients – do it now, before you are drowning under the load. I think this is especially true of jobs you hate like accounts. A numbers person will get this done in a fraction of the time it would take you and you can get back to running the business and making money.
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