Transitioning from working in an office to working at home takes adjustment and discipline, but doesn’t have to be difficult. Whether making the best of having to work at home or starting a new venture that allows you to work anywhere, you’ll need to stay organized and utilize time wisely. Using work from home time management will definitely help with productivity.
Create Designated Areas for Working
In order to have and work/life balance at home, it’s great to have designated areas meant for tasks and others for leisure. This allows you to have spaces to only focus on work and others for free time.
I set up a desk/work station in a corner of my apartment for me to get things done without distractions. This space allows me to lay out all the projects I’m working on. I also mounted a dry erase board and pinboard over my desk that help knock out tasks and projects.
I like to move around while I’m working so I set up another work station option in a corner of my sectional. This area is great for me because it faces my windows and I enjoy looking outside while working. The key to setting up shop here is making sure I don’t get too comfortable. I sit up straight, keep all distractions like my TV and music off, and when I feel like I’m getting a little too comfy from sitting with my feet up too long, I move back to my desk.
Make sure your designated working areas at home are only for work.
Since creating these spots it feels weird to sit at my desk and watch Netflix or to sit in my work spot on the couch to relax. Now, my mind thinks that I should be working when I’m in these areas, causing me to want to be productive.
Work in Time Slots
If you’re used to working in time slots at an office, transition that system home for good work from home time management.
It may be a little different at home, but utilizing and staying on a schedule will help with productivity.
It’s easier for me to get distracted at home, so I use methods like putting my phone on do not disturb when I really need to focus or setting alarms in order to make sure I don’t stay on a single task for too long.
I also use a Passion Planner to help me stay on track. What I like about this planner is that it has built-in time slots ready for you to use each day. Writing down my tasks helps me remember what I need to do not just for work but for my daily life as well. It allows me to brain dump and declutters my thoughts, which really helps me get and stay organized.
Don’t Work Where You Sleep
Piggybacking off of the first tip, it’s really important to avoid working where you sleep. I’ve tried working in bed only to find myself slowly sink into my pillows and fall asleep.
If you don’t have a designated area for you to work, try to avoid working in places you know you can fall asleep easily. If you take naps on your couch, don’t try to work there. It may be better to sit on the floor and use the couch as back support. Use your kitchen’s island or bar area. Sit at your dining table. Use your coffee table. Wherever you need to set up a working space in order to avoid catching zzz’s in the middle of completing tasks, do it. Let’s be honest, working can be boring and falling asleep at an office desk is easy to do. Working on boring tasks at home where you’re used to relaxing? That’s difficult.
Don’t get too comfortable; it’s downhill from there.
Use Tools to Stay Organized
I like using tools to keep me engaged and organized. Trello is an amazing project management tool that allows me to stay on track with all of my tasks for my clients and this blog. I’m able to create lists, set deadlines and layout all of my projects, allowing me to keep order.
I already mentioned my Passion Planner, but man… I can brag about how helpful it is keeping me organized. It allows me to lay out my day by the hour if I want which really helps me manage my time. I can visually see the commitments I made for work and life, decreasing my stress levels.
I used to be bad about over-committing because I would say yes to everything and have overlapping deadlines and events. Now, my Passion Planner shows me when I need to say “no” in order to prioritize.
Organization lowered my stress-levels tremendously.
Since I can work pretty much anywhere, it’s easy for me to mix business and life together. If I didn’t use these time management skills, my life would be a mess.
The climate is forcing a majority of the world to mix work and home life right now. What are some work from home time management skills you use?