Working at home balance

Some people seem to find working at home really easy, but there has to be a balance.  If you work at home it can be easy to start working early, and then carry on through until it is time for bed, especially if you live alone.

For those who have to stop working at certain times because of a specific task that needs to be done, like pick up the kids from school, you know how important it is to not let time rush by.  Mastering time is very important.  One of my closest friends sets alarms constantly so that she knows when a task was supposed to be finished.

You can say to yourself “I am only going to spend 10 minutes writing this letter” but if you get really into it 20 or more can go by.  Setting your alarm or having a timer that goes off can be useful.  I use the phone alarm method; I can set weekly alarms, daily ones and ones that run on only specific days and times.  Each can have its own sound so that you know what they are for.  Better to not use your ring tone.

By setting the alarm or kitchen timer to a specific amount of time you then need to watch what happens.  Are you getting what you wanted to accomplish finished with the time frame or are you taking longer.  It can be a good idea to note how long things take.

Once you know how much time you are really taking you can structure your day more. Start to see what are the time takers and if you are able to, delegate. Something that does not bring in a lot of revenue but takes up a lot of your time might be better for someone else to do.  While I am typing that I am thinking of housework, you might be thinking of something else.

This is the first step to conquer your time.  Have you timed yourself or use your alarm clock? Tell us about it.

Written by Katherine Davison

Katherine Davison

Katherine has been a corporate training consultant for over 10 years and had her own business since 2001.

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