While working for yourself has many perks, traditional employment has a leg up in one big way: time management. Most managers spend their time figuring out how you can use your time most efficiently. Your workload and rest periods are conveniently portioned out, leaving you mentally free to concentrate on individual tasks.
Working from home can challenge even the most developed time management skills. Constant distractions, too much comfort, and an unrealistic sense of flexibility can nibble away at your productivity. Here are some ways you can control your most precious asset for home-based business success.
Control your environment so you’re less tempted by disruptions.
Turn off the television. Use upbeat instrumental music for background noise, if you really need it.
Take breaks away from your computer. A quick round of the latest online game can easily turn into several hours of wasted opportunity.
Don’t accept personal calls during work hours. A professional answering service can help you screen calls.
Is there such a thing as too comfortable? According to Psychology Today, there is if you actually want to accomplish something. Schedule some time to step outside your comfort zone to increase productivity.
Schedule regular exercise breaks. A brisk walk outdoors is best. If not, jog in place, skip a rope, or dance to your favorite song.
Drink lots of water. Even mild dehydration can affect your ability to concentrate. Bonus: the extra walking from bathroom breaks and refills boosts blood circulation to the brain.
Use peer pressure. An accountability partner will lovingly bully you out of any temptation to procrastinate.
Potential clients love to hear about flexibility. They want to believe that you will do whatever it takes to justify their purchase, no matter the cost to you. Set realistic expectations with your clients and yourself.
Use a virtual assistant to mediate customer contact. They can take care of simple requests, take orders, and route calls to you or a team member.
Put your limits in writing. Return policies, minimum payable hours, cancelled appointment policies, and any other restrictions on your time and energy should be spelled out clearly.
Choose your work hours and stick to them. Think before you accept projects or offers that will require overtime.
Make these small but significant changes in your daily life to reclaim your valuable time, increase your productivity, and get your business tasks completed.