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Time Management.. UGGHHHH!
Out of all of the issues that crop up while working from home, time management is one of the most problematic.
How can you POSSIBLY get all those tasks and projects completed when there are distractions at every turn?
Here are some great time management hacks you can implement so you don’t get sucked into all of the distractions around you:
One Task at a time
It’s so tempting to multitask when you’re at home because you’re more comfortable in your own environment. You might feel a bit more invincible, like “Yes! I can handle ALL THE THINGS!”
Please resist that temptation!
Multitasking can be havoc on your productivity. If you’re working on dual projects or working and taking care of your kids, you’re not devoting 100% of your attention to anything.
Think about the aftermath of submitting a subpar project.
Focus on one task or micro-goal at a time. Giving work your undivided attention makes you far more productive. Try grouping similar tasks together to maximize your time.
Set realistic deadlines for yourself.
When you are writing your to-do list for each day, write two lists. The first list is your comprehensive list, detailing everything you need to complete in the day. Your second list is the first list, in order of importance.
Work on the most significant tasks when you’re at your best. This time is different for everyone and you want to give your work your very best so consider that. It will also depend on when your boss expects tasks to be done though so make sure you check with whoever is in charge to make sure you’re not submitting anything late.
Set timers for each task if you need to. This helps to keep you focused on the task at hand, especially if you’re on a deadline. You’re less likely to get distracted with social media or television if you’re on a time crunch.
Use Online Task Tools
Online Task/Time Management are a golden ticket to establishing a workflow and staying productive and motivated. In THIS post, I recommend several free tools.
Task management tools enable you to keep in touch with your team, organize tasks and see exactly what needs to be completed and when it needs to be completed by.
Task tools help you plan your time more efficiently and ensure you get the most important tasks done first.
I spoke about dealing with distractions in THIS post, but here’s a little refresher:
Distractions are everywhere!
Ringing phones, social media, television, snackies in the kitchen.. endless temptations would make procrastinating a breeze!
It’s important to work in a quiet space away from as many distractions as possible.
Time management doesn’t have to be difficult when you work from home. To minimize the challenge, try any one of the tips above.