Whether you work in an office or at home, you need to make sure that you get the most out of your work day. For those freelancers and entrepreneurs that choose to work from home or be their own bosses, it takes even more work and drive to be able to stay motivated and get the work done that needs to be done without distractions.
There are some great and easy things that can be done, however, to get work done and not lose time on other things. Even stay at home moms can manage to get their work day done without getting behind, it just takes goal setting and good time management.
Write down your goals of what you need and want to complete for the day. You need to write it down, which helps you stay accountable. Go through your list, one by one, and check them off as you get done. Don’t try to do more than one thing at a time.
Multitasking is really just a myth. If you are doing two things at once then you are neglecting one, or both of them, and not giving your full attention to anything. This means you may not put in your best ability.
Goals will do you no good if you don’t know how to manage your time wisely. Time management starts before you even get to work, because if you don’t manage your morning you just might start work late and that can throw off your whole day. Start by getting up the same time each day and following a morning ritual.
Once it’s time to start work focus only on work and make sure you are working in an atmosphere in which you won’t be disturbed. Obviously phone calls and other interruptions happen, but you want to try to keep them to a minimum as much as possible.
Scheduling Your Day
Part of your time management should consist of setting a daily schedule that includes what you want to do and when you want to do it. Then stick with that schedule.
You may want to do a specific thing until it’s finished, or schedule a specific amount of time to each project. Depending on how much you do in a week, you may want to break up your days into specific projects.
No matter how you do it, schedules and goals may be just what you need to in order to accomplish all of your big business goals each day and each week. Don’t let distractions keep you from getting work done. If you work from home have an office set up, with no TV, and it may help you get more done as well.