Working from home presents opportunities to be more productive, but at the same time, it comes with a lot of distractions. When you’re on top of your game, you can fly through work and wonder where the time went.
However, when you allow the distractions that come with working from home to get the better of you, it can affect the quality and quantity of your work.
Time management is quite challenging at any time, but it’s much more challenging while working from home since you don’t have the same parameters as you have in the office.
When you work from home, using time scheduling software like ZoomShift, might help you manage your time more effectively. For many remote workers and business owners with employees, this software has proved to be successful.
As a result, if you’re not using any of the hundreds of time scheduling software and tools available, you’re undoubtedly losing out on a key to improved time management.
That being said, here are ten ways to better manage your time when you work from home.
Make a schedule
If you work from home with your partner, make a plan each day or the beginning of the week to identify who will be working where and when and who will be in charge of any childcare or housework. Using time scheduling software can be effective when creating a schedule for you and your partner.
If your job and employer allow it, you can also try employing a technique known as “windowed work.” You arrange blocks of time throughout the day for work and personal interests instead of a 9-to-5 schedule.
Create a dedicated work area
Designate different rooms or regions around the home for each set of expectations. The desk you set up in your bedroom, for example, is only for work, the living room is only for pleasure, and the kitchen table is only for meals and kids’ schoolwork.
This aids in creating a connection between your physical space and mental focus. If you use your living room for Netflix binge, it may be more challenging to get into “work mode” when sitting on the sofa with your laptop, so figure out the ideal places in the home to work and play and stick to them.
Use a productivity software
Make use of the vast range of technologies available to assist remote workers to increase productivity and eliminate distractions, such as a time scheduling tool, as mentioned in the introduction. These applications not only help you stay organized, keep track of tasks, and meet deadlines, but they also notify you when it’s time to take a break or conclude your workday. This is especially useful in the afternoons when you lose track of time and might otherwise continue working for an hour or more over your scheduled stop time.
Dress as though you’re going to work
Don’t simply put on a pair of sweatpants daily. This may not seem like a time management technique, but sticking to a routine — waking up at the same time every day and dressing in clothing you’d feel comfortable wearing out in public — can help you concentrate on your work-related tasks. And when you’re focused, you can better manage your time.
Treat free time like work meetings
It’s vital to continue taking breaks in the same way you would at an office. Schedule them on your time scheduling software just like any other business meeting, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. Not only will you receive a reminder, but you’ll also be able to set up the app to let your coworkers know you’re unavailable.
Keep social media distractions to a minimum
Do you find yourself being continually distracted by social media? When you’re at work, log out of your social media accounts so you’re less tempted to use them. You may either delete them from your web browser shortcuts or use a private or “incognito” browser to avoid auto-logging into a social network site.
Be transparent with your boss
Again, if you have family duties competing for your time, the average workday may not be the most feasible. You could also discover that you’re more productive during odd hours of the day, such as before the rest of your family wakes up or after supper. Communicate clearly with your boss about availability and work hour expectations, whether you’re attempting to keep to a defined schedule or embracing the aforementioned “windowed work” approach.
Establish limits that work for you
It might be tough to conclude your workday now that your travel home after work may consist of a stroll from your kitchen table to the sofa. Shutting down might be difficult when you still have mobile access to business email and applications.
Set the alarm to remind yourself when your workday is over to maintain an excellent work-life balance. To avoid being tempted to continue checking in, turn your computer off and stow it someplace far away from where you are.
Besides, you can turn off work-related app alerts on your phone at the end of the day. Finally, if feasible, include your working hours in your email signature or as a status/away message. This may reduce the number of coworkers who contact you outside of business hours.
Figure out when you’re most productive
Are you a night owl or a morning person? It might help you be more productive if you feel alert. If you like calm mornings and feel more concentrated in isolation, consider concentrating on more strenuous activities first thing in the morning. Many of us are fatigued after lunch when the afternoon hours arrive, so consider responding to emails or making phone calls then.
Don’t surf the internet
Most jobs nowadays demand you to use the internet, sometimes for the whole of your shift. However, the internet has the potential to become a black hole. Surfing the internet may waste a lot of time, especially if you start going through social media. Turn off your phone throughout the day, so you don’t feel tempted to check it, and take breaks from your computer if you’re tempted to check the news or the weather.
Final Thoughts on Better Time Management
The right mentality is usually the first step toward productivity. Simply making a promise to yourself that you will complete your to-do list or that you will not use your phone while at work can go a long way. Also, don’t forget to include time scheduling software to manage your time better as you work from home.
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