Before the global pandemic. One of the attractions of working at home is the vision of freedom it invokes — no time clock, no timesheets, and no one to account to for how you spend your time. Yes, it is an attractive proposition, but like so many attractive propositions there is a heavy downside — you are likely wasting a lot of time.
I now have my own diary and agenda for the day/week and I have improved my productivity and reduced my stress considerably. If you don’t think you need a schedule for your home business then think again.
After a run of relatively unproductive days when my “To Do” list seemed to grow every time I looked at it, I knew something had to change.
5 Reasons you need a working from home schedule
After studying my time and chatting with some other work-at-home, I discovered five reasons to embrace the schedule:
- It’s too easy to waste time doing nonpriority tasks
- It’s too easy to get sidetracked or distracted from your current task
- Unscheduled work time can often overlap into your free time until you don’t have any free time at all
- Your free time can overlap into your work time until you fall behind with important projects
- Concentrating your time and effort on highest priority projects means more gets done
I’m not the only one working at home encompassing the schedule. I recently took part in a Facebook Group where business owners had moved to embrace it — and found it more freeing than restrictive. After all, you are still the one setting the schedule so you are free to schedule yourself off for a morning break to catch up on home schooling your kids is going, taking a slightly longer lunch – being more lient with your time will help reduce stress and pressure from working at home.
If you find it difficult setting up your schedule and priorities for the day and week then perhaps you will find our new course on time management to be helpful.