5 Great Time Management Tips for Homeworking
Time management is important. If you choose work from home as your lifestyle, you need to be disciplined. This is because in a traditional workplace, others manage your time. When you are a home worker, you have more freedom, and this comes with more responsibility. There are many ways to make sure you spend your time productively. Fortunately, these are tested methods and you don’t have to re-invent the wheel. Let’s take a look at 5 ways to manage your time.
1. Use a schedule.
Make sure to create a to-do list of the most important action items every day. It makes it easier to tackle challenges one after each other. This is also important to make sure you don’t forget anything important. You can use specialized software, kanban boards, a tiny Excel file, email reminders, or many other ways to keep track of your progress. Use what works best for you, as long as it helps you work better.
2. Check your computer, your webcam and headset in advance.
Turn off the TV. Seriously. While it might seem background noise is enjoyable, it divides your attention and makes you less efficient. It also helps to log out of social media, both on desktop and your phone if you can help it. In some cases, you need social media for your work. In this case, make sure to „hide” in plain sight and turn off notifications and chat for others.
3. Create your home office.
To make the best out of homesourcing, you need a dedicated work area. It can be a bedroom with a desk and a chair, or any room which can be closed. Make sure your friends and family understand you are busy working. If you are in the middle of some work, its very difficult to return to work. It’s almost impossible to continue with the same efficiency as before you were interrupted. If you respect your work time, then you will get more out of your spare time too.
4. Keep in touch with your colleagues.
This one should go without saying. Unless you’re a lone wolf, you must have a team you are working with. Make sure to take part in morning huddles, and catch up with your workmates. A few minutes of smalltalk can be a great way to kick-off the day. It’s also important to maintain work relationships on a personal level too. If you know your team well, you will more easily work together on complex projects.
5. Do not procastinate.
The famous author Mark Twain once said 'Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day’. We certainly do not recommend eating live animals, but we recommend doing unpleasant tasks first. Sometimes you don’t feel like answering an email about a difficult topic. Sometimes you think it’s waste of time picking up the phone. However, it always better to finish important task in time and meet deadlines. Tasks can pile up easily, and they can ruin your day if you leave everything to the last minute.
+1. Take time off
This one is a bonus tip for time management. Always make sure to leave room for enjoying yourself. Staying fit and healthy can make you more productive, so its a great idea to work out. You should also enjoy your hobbies – maybe its reading books, maybe its hiking. As long as it ’turns you off’ for a few days, it should help you to avoid burning out.
These were our pieces of advices today to help you succeed in your career. There are many ways to organise yourself. Feel free to share your ideas with us on social media.