on Schedule Working At Home
From Susan Ward,
Your Guide to Small Business: Canada.
Working at home can be a dream come true if you can get your work schedule
organized so that you can actually work at home. Here are more work at
home "rules" to help you accomplish what you want to accomplish.
4) Keep Your Calendar Prominent
On the desk, or on your computer, keeping your work schedule deadlines
visible so you can get organized and stay on task is crucial. Get in the
habit of starting every work at home business day by looking at your
calendar and the deadlines or to-do activities you've listed there; focus
on what you can and can't accomplish that day and prioritize your tasks.
Deciding what to do and when you need to do it will put you in work-mode
and let you work more efficiently.
5) Keep Track of Your Time
Time tracking is obviously important if you're working billable hours, but
you should keep track of all the time you work at home so you can adjust
your work schedule if necessary and see if you're achieving your
home-based business goals. You may have a home-based business goal of
working only five hours a day, for instance, but find that doing so
doesn't produce enough income for you. If you haven't been time tracking,
you'll be in for a nasty shock six months later. The easiest way to keep
track of your time is to use a notebook or daytimer and write down your
hours and tasks throughout the working day as you work at home.
Remember to include work-related activities such as answering email and
paperwork in your time tracking; if you don't list them as "work" you
won't think of them as work, and will put them off. Make these
unappetizing tasks part of your regular work at home routine, so you avoid
having to shut down your home based business for days on end while you try
to catch up on paperwork you should have been doing all year long!
6) Keep to Your Work Schedule
Determine how many hours a day you want to work and when, and stick to it.
The huge advantage of working at home is that you can work when you want,
so if you find the best time to work is afternoons and evenings, work
then. If you're working at home around the needs of your children and/or
spouse, you may find that getting up really early in the mornings will
give you the quiet time you need. But whatever work schedule you
establish, be consistent. Your work will go much easier and more
efficiently if you stay on a regular schedule, whatever it is.
7) Be Realistic
You're not going to be able to put in ten hour days when you work at home,
more than likely. If you work at home, you're the one who's going to have
to deal with the door to door solicitors, the neighbour who likes to drop
in, and whatever house crisis happens, from the plugged toilet through the
delivery arrival. Determine how many hours you can actually sanely, safely
work and stick to that work schedule as much as possible. Remember that
sleep is vital; people who get up in the middle of the night to put in
more hours or who stay up working into the wee hours only get consistently
more sleep deprived, not richer.
And if you have a bad work at home day where the universe appears to
conspire to interrupt you continuously, be kind to yourself. The great
thing about working at home is that you set your own work schedule.
Controlling it rather than letting it control you will increase your
productivity and your peace of mind. And whether you’re looking for
information, motivation, or support, you'll find it in my Home-Based
Business collection of articles and links. Working at home can be like
working in paradise, as long as you control your environment rather than
letting it control you.