4 Tips for Time Management Success
Time management is a hot topic, especially for those of us who work from home. It can be tough to plan your day – with kids and pets nearby and the distracting items of being at home (think TV, radio, interruptions, and so on!) All of this can make managing time a full-time job.
Read along for some best practices in time management skills that will allow you more productivity and extra time to do the things you love.
Set your hours
As much as possible, set your work hours to remain consistent throughout the week. If 9-5 works for you and your family, set it early and work around those times. If 2-10 works better for your lifestyle, that might be the way to go as well. Time management also maximizes what’s best for your lifestyle, family, and other obligations, so factor that in from the get go.
Set your time
Set an alarm or timer for each task that you complete. If you need to do three things for one client, accomplish one, move on to the next client, and so on. Of course, it’s necessary to designate these tasks in order of priority, but you can still set your time.
This will allow you to manage time so you’re allocating enough hours and minutes in the day for each task, helping them to get completed on time.
Multitask – to a degree
Over time, various sources have started proving that multitasking isn’t as good as it was cracked up to be; it can eliminate focus and draw your attention from what you started.
Even though multitasking gets a bad rap, you can do it in a productive manner – especially if you work from home! It’s not difficult to throw in a load of laundry, set your timer for your next task(s), and then retrieve it at the end. While lunch is in the microwave, run the sweeper briefly. It even becomes fun to work chores and other to do items into your time schedule. This is yet another benefit of working from home, and it allows you to truly manage your work and home life time more efficiently.
See where your time is spent
Take a good look at where your time is currently being spent and evaluate it. It’s not always easy, but it’s crucial to trim some time here and there, just as you would trim your budget or amend your health and fitness routine if it weren’t working.
Make sure that you’re billing your hours and accounting for all time spent on certain tasks. When you track where your time is spent, you may realize that you’re spending more time on one task when you thought it was a quick, 30-minute item.
Time management is all about evaluating what needs done, where you’re currently spending your time, and how it can be used more effectively.