Working from home can provide a great work-life balance but how will I stop myself from getting distracted?
For me it is all about Time Mastery – not time management. You can’t manage time but can you master how you use it. I encourage people to set up a Default Diary – which is blocking out fixed times each day to do fixed tasks and then getting really strict at sticking to these time slots
E.g. from 9am to 10.30am each day is marketing – during this time, I will do e-shots to potential clients, social media posts etc. From 10.30am to 12pm each day is sales – I will call back everyone who has made an enquiry about pet care services…
Attached is an example of what this could look like
The other thing that I encourage people to do is look at the tasks they do each day and plot them against two axis – important and urgent. Any jobs that they are doing that fall in the not urgent and not important box, I would seriously question whether they need to be done at all – these things are time wasters – like looking at personal Facebook!
I’ve been used to working 9-5 and travelling to an office for the last 10 years, can you suggest anything to help me transition into a running my business from home?
Create a workspace at home that ideally you can shut off from the rest of the house- this way you can delineate work and home life.
Set up the default diary as mentioned above.
Log how you spend your time each day so you can see tasks that are eating up time but don’t add any value.
Have a plan – there is an old adage that failing to plan is planning to fail and this is so often the case. If you have a plan for your business it is easier to stay focused. Break down the plan into quarterly chunks and then into daily and weekly tasks to ensure you stay on track and keep the same level of discipline you had when working for someone else.
I often find myself working all day (on and off) and all evening, but I still don’t get through my ‘to do’ list and I don’t get enough time for family. HELP!
The tips above will help with this but another top tip is to write your “to do” list at the end of each day as a way of switching off your business brain at the end of the day.
Categorise the things on the list in order of importance and urgency and make sure they are all things that will help you achieve your business plan.
There is a great book called Eat that Frog which I would recommend reading as a way of making sure you get the most out of each day