Do you need 5 Reasons Why You Need A Work-At-Home Schedule?
by Joseph Stack | on December 7, 2011
One of the attractions of working at home is the vision of freedom it invokes — no time clock to punch, no time sheets, and no one to account to for how you spend your time except for you. Yes, it is an attractive proposition, but like so many attractive propositions there is a heavy downside — you are likely wasting a lot of time and thus losing a lot of money.
My wife spends time every day filling out these large spreadsheets to account for her day. She works for a large school district and her day often encompasses work with many differnt types of students. She loathes this documentation activity and I have always dismissed it as a waste of time — that is until my home business recently took off and I realized there simply wasn’t enough hours in the day to accomplish all my goals.
I now use my own spread sheet & agenda for the day and I have improved my productivity and reduced my stress and mental exhaustion immeasurably. If you don’t think you need a schedule for your home business, think again — and read on with excitement.
After a few weeks of relatively unproductive days when my “To Do” list seemed to grow exponentially every time I viewed it I knew something had to change. And fast!
Granted I was going through a rough time. My home business was experiencing growing pains and soaking up more than the usual time and our four-year-old was only in preschool part-time. But I’m also old enough to know there is never a perfect time in life to start or do something — you just live the one you’ve got and move forward. Never a dress rehearsal. These are simply the problems I’m dealing with this year. Next year these problems will be long gone. I will have new ones for sure and we will conquer those too.
After studying my use of Time and chatting with some other work-at-home people, I discovered 5 very good reasons to embrace the schedule:
1. It is all too easy to waste time doing busy non-$-making mundane tasks
2. It’s too easy for me to get sidetracked/distracted from my current task at hand
3. Unscheduled work time can often overlap into your free time until you don’t have any free time at all. Workaholic syndrome beware…
4. Your free time can overlap into your work time until you fall behind with important projects. The exact opposite of number 3
5. Concentrating your effort/time on highest priority projects means more gets done right now.
I’m not the only work at home business individual encompassing the schedule. I recently took part in an online forum where women & men had moved to embrace it — and found it more freeing & liberating than totally restrictive.
After all, you are still the one setting the schedule so you are free to schedule yourself off for a 2-hour meal, an afternoon, or a whole day at the beach or store.
If you find it difficult setting up your schedule & priorities for the day/week, then perhaps you can take some of these pointers. Or have a friend help you…or the spouse.
Best thing is you will get better at your time management and it will help you make more money.
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