Mindset, Learning, Collaboration

Time Management

1Using a diary and to-do-list effectively

Working from home or anywhere

When you work for yourself it is very important to take time management seriously. In my second blog I talked about the kinds of distractions you might experience when working from home. These are the things that will prevent you from achieving your goals. So, how do you manage these distractions? It is going to take more than one blog post to cover all this so I aim to do a few of these to help you out.

Make sure you have a diary in which you set up some core hours you will dedicate to your business.

Get a diary. It will be up to you to decide if this is an electronic diary or physical one. If you don’t have a diary you will always feel torn when you are asked by friends to join them for coffee, exercise, lunches etc.  An electronic diary is more portable and lighter. You can set up your to-do-lists in there too.  Check out our website for ideas for diaries and to-do-lists.

Set your core business hours. The distractions -Groceries still need to be bought, cleaning, washing, school drop offs, after school activities and lunches and dinners need to be made. All this needs to be considered when you are planning your working week from home.

Consider working longer some days so you have days available for the odd lunch or coffee date. Or start later so you can start the day doing exercise or catching up with friends. Working for yourself often means we can fit in work after hours when the kids are in bed or on the weekends when your partner is home or you know the kids will play happily for an hour.

When you look at the core hours you have to work with, ask yourself if that is enough time to get all you need to get done, done. If not, you may have to change some of your social time hours. We think it will be easy to fit all our friends in for coffees but in reality it’s still often better to leave our social time to after school or the weekends. Until you do this exercise you won’t know what is possible. Your week might look like this:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
10-3 9-11 10-3 9-12 9-12 2-4
2-3 2-3

 

Let family, friends and clients know your core hours. It is useful for your clients too to know when they can easily get hold of you. The sooner people who know you know your “work hours” the less they will ask you to join them during those times. Less distractions.

In summary:

  • Have a diary
  • Decide on your core hours each day
  • Let family, friends and clients know what your core hours are

What if something comes up and you need to do something personal in your business hours? I will discuss that in my next blog post. The following blog will be on setting up a dedicated space for your home business.

Kerri Bainbridge

Anywhere Business Team

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