Time management isn't a new topic around here. In fact, Holly did a whole Google Plus Hangout on social media time management tips. It was also discussed a bit in the posts on working smarter not harder and time saving tools. But, I thought it would be good to cover some work at home time management tips. Especially since it's back to school time and our routines are once again changing.
Work at Home Time Management Tips
Make a realistic to-do list
I used to have a love/hate relationship with to-do lists. On the one hand, they reminded me of what I had to do. On the other, they made me feel overwhelmed because there was so much on there. This changed once I figured out to make daily to-do lists that were realistic to accomplish. Instead of putting 20 items on my to-do list for Monday, I plan them out through the week. Now, I have a few tasks for Monday, a few for Tuesday, and so on.
So, make daily to-do lists for yourself and don't overload them with tasks you know you can't accomplish in one day.
Set up your own space
If you're working from home, you need a dedicated space to work. This can be a desk, the table, wherever you are comfortable but it needs to be yours so you can spread your stuff out as needed. At least until it's time to eat dinner, then you should probably move your laptop if it's at the dinner table (which may or may not be where mine is right now).
Schedule your social media
I've found one of my biggest time sucks online is when I go to share my new posts on social media. I get distracted by the news feeds and soon I've wasted my time. For my cocktail recipe site, I post 3 to 4 times a day on my Facebook fan page. That's a lot of distracting if I live post all of that. Instead I schedule my updates for 3 to 4 days at a time. Sure, it takes some time up front to find and schedule everything I want to share, but I only do it once or twice a week instead of everyday.
Using your editorial calendar, schedule your social media for your new posts. While you're at it, you can also schedule other updates/links/pictures/etc. you want to share during the week. You might want to also figure out what you can automate for your social media to make it even easier for yourself.
Set up office hours
I never really understood the importance of office hours until I went through the Mom Blog Money Blog course and actually started doing it. While I can't say I'm completely firm in my office hours, I do try to not respond to work related emails in the evenings and I rarely check my email on the weekends. It's definitely allowed me to feel like I was off work, which is something that's hard to feel as a work at home mom (or at least it was for me). It also helps me stay focused during my office hours.
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What are your best work at home time management tips?
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