One of the attractions of working at home is the vision of freedom it invokes — no time clock, no time sheets, and no one to account to for how you spend your time. It’s an attractive proposition, but like many attractive propositions there is a real downside — you are likely going to or are wasting a lot of time.
My friend spends time every day filling out large spreadsheets to account for his day. He works for a large engineering company and his day often encompasses work on a variety of projects for different clients. He loathes the activity and I have always dismissed it as a waste of time — that is until my home business took off and I realized there simply wasn’t enough hours in the day to accomplish all my goals.
I now have my own “spread sheet” and agenda for the day and I have improved my productivity and reduced my stress immeasurably. If you don’t think you need a schedule for your home business then think again — and read on.
After a period of unproductive days when my “To Do” list grew every time I looked at it I knew something had to change.
Granted I was going through some rough times. My home business was experiencing growing pains and taking up more than the usual time, even though I was mostly retired. I say mostly because I retired as a senior executive and I was consulting as well as getting my home-based business going. These problems I was having were actually nice problems, because I was growing my online business, learning new “stuff” and seeing a nice potential income stream coming my way.
So, after studying my time and talking with other work-at-home folks, I discovered five reasons to embrace the schedule:
1. It’s too easy to waste time doing nonpriority tasks
2. It’s too easy to get sidetracked or distracted from your current task
3. Unscheduled work time can often overlap into your free time until you don’t have any free time at all
4. Your free time can overlap into your work time until you fall behind with important projects
5. Concentrating your time and effort on highest priority projects means more gets done
I’m not the only work at home business person encompassing a schedule. I took part in an online forum where men and women had embraced a priority and time schedule — and like these other folks, I found it more freeing than restrictive. After all, you are still the one setting the schedule so you are free to schedule yourself off for a 3-hour lunch, an afternoon, or a whole day whenever you choose.
It is very important that you organize yourself based on your goals desired in your part-time, or even full-time home based business. It’s hard, no one said it would be easy, but the rewards can be extremely gratifying. Whether you use a smart phone, a tablet, or a computer to organize yourself, or you’re like me, still using pen and paper, it doesn’t matter. It only matters that you do it, and do it now.