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There are many reasons for working from home. Probably the top reasons are to stay at home with your kids, be your own boss, and getting to wear pajamas all day. Okay, so maybe not the last one. Being at home though creates it’s own set of challenges. I find that I am often spread very thin between work, taking care of my daughter, driving her to school, and taking care of household tasks. Finding ways to save time are very important to me and today I want to share my top 5 time savers when working from home.
- Have a Plan – Everything needs a plan from meal planning to what work you are going to do in a day. Sit down and create a list for the week for work, activities, and meals. Knowing that Tuesday is spaghetti night will save you a lot of time from staring into the fridge wondering what you are going to make for dinner that night. Having your work week mapped out as well will keep you from staring at your computer blankly in the morning or worse yet, goofing off. Which leads us to number 2.
- Save Social Networking for certain times of the day. Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking platforms can be valuable to your business. Heck, Twitter is how I get my news most days, but they can also be extreme time wasters. Turn them off and schedule in times when you can use them. Perhaps as a reward for getting 3 tasks done on your to do list or when you finish writing an article or blog post.
- Clean Your Home Throughout the Week. There are many different systems that you can follow: Flylady or Motivated Moms comes to mind. Basically instead of spending 3 hours in one day cleaning your whole home and doing laundry, these takes are spread through the week in small chunks. I find that I am much more productive when my house is clean and my sink is empty of dirty dishes.
- Get Help. Ask a family member or friend to watch your children for you occasionally or invest some of the money that you are earning to do the task around the home that you don’t care to do or don’t have time to do. Stop thinking of having a house cleaner as an indulgence, see it as freeing up your time to be able to work more.
- Have small tasks that you can work on. While my daughter is in school, I can devote hours at a time working on a project. When she is home however, I can never be sure how much time I will have to work. I may get a half hour stretch while she is engaged in play or I may endure an hour of being interrupted every 5 minutes. I find that having a number of projects that only take 10 to 15 minutes to complete allow me to get actually accomplish some work while she is around.
I hope that these time savers when working from home help you out. Please share your time saving tips in the comments below. I would love to hear them.