There are unique challenges to working from home. One of the biggest is time management. Balancing family with work is a bit trickier when your office is in your home. These tips will help you manage your time better.
Set a Schedule
Make a schedule and stick to it! List all the things that happen with your family during the day: meal times, nap times, grocery shopping, playdates, etc. Then list the things you need to do each day for your work: e-mails, writing, social media scheduling, etc. Start plugging these things into your daily schedule in a way that works for you. For example, nap time might be a great time for answering e-mails.
Monitor Your Time
Social media can turn into a big time waster. You might think you will just peek at Twitter to retweet something for a client, then suddenly an hour has gone by as you scroll through your feed. Use the controls on your phone or download an app to help you monitor how much time you spend on social media. Use this info to be savvier with your online time.
Depending on where you are in your career and your family, you might find that your family’s needs make it hard to work from home. Or maybe your workload has become so intense that your home is falling into disarray. Get help.
If you can afford it, hire a house cleaner and find a babysitter or childcare once a week. That one day to yourself will make a huge difference in productivity! If you can’t afford outside help, consider forming a co-op with other work at home mamas. You can trade watching each other’s kids so you can get a break without breaking the bank.
You can also get help with your business in the form of social media management or even a website builder. Can’t afford that big quote you got from a web developer? WebWiskee can help you build your own site for a fraction of the cost. Help that costs less and makes you look professional? What are you waiting for?
What are some of your favorite time management techniques for working from home?