I’d have so much more time to (fill in the blank) if I worked from home“… said the person NOT working from home.

design-work-from-home-scheduleWith only 24 hours in the modern day, managing our time and creating a work life balance has become a bit of a constant struggle.

And for many, the idea of working from home seems to be the answer to their prayers.

I’m not here to burst any bubbles… but… as a work from home professional and multi-tasking mom I can tell you that IF you’re not managing your time it will manage you.

Effective time management truly comes down to mindset.

It is scary how much time we can waste watching TV, checking emails, searching the web and facing the day in a general state of poor focus.

Designing an effective work from home schedule is key to owning your lifestyle choice and living a little more stress free.

My days are chalk full of activities designed to meet short and long term goals.  Although flexible within reason, my schedule, laid out a week in advance, is at it’s core, nonnegotiable.

Oh, but I wanted to work from home so I could do what ever I want, when I wanted.”

Sure, I get that philosophy but it’s just not going to get you closer to accomplishing your goals.

In fact that mindset can actually hurt your progress.

I feel that a lot of work from homers find themselves easily overwhelmed and stressed out because of either working way too many hours (lets face it, we’re always in the office)  OR not spending enough hours on activities that produce results.

We all want to do more of what we love – this is one of my primary motivators but it needs to be tempered with the right activities.  I want to finish my book, but sometimes sitting down to write is the last thing I want to do.  A few days ago I took the day off from writing, and you what, I’m one day further away from my goal.  If I don’t write as my schedule has planned than I’m not going to finish my book on time.  However, if I stay true to my daily activities, the book will be finished late spring in plenty of time for the planned back to school launch.

It’s not enough just to commit to the goal, we must also commit to the daily management of that goal, and by extension effectively manage our time and schedule.

So my trick to managing my day is knowing how much time it takes me to do certain activities and planning my week accordingly.

When I plan my to do list I make a note beside each activity of how much time I will give that action.  I work my lunch dates and negotiable activities around my clearly defined objectives for the week.  My schedule not only ensures progress, it instills a sense of accomplishment on a daily and weekly basis.

Today I scheduled a lunch date with my 6 year old.  I met her at the class room door and she and her friends all joined us in the school cafeteria.  It thrills me to no end to be able to do this.  This is not just a product of me working from home, but an example of how time management makes me a hero to one special little girl.  She after all is the reason I started working from home in the first place.

Of course not every day runs like butter down a hot knife but more often than not I’m crossing everything off my to do list and making time for me.

Designing your schedule comes down to personal choice, awareness of the customer’s need of your time and understanding your ability to focus.  Good time management is a good habit and having an effective schedule can make all the difference.  More times than not, this means changing behavior and admitting to some time wasting activities.

Click here for a SWEET TWEET: I’m not sure who said this, but I love it… “Not having enough time is a bad habit.” @tlross_75

Sometimes it takes a good smack down to right the time management ship… and this one is brought to you courtesy of Marie TV.

Marie Forleo is an amazing resource for anyone looking to get the most out of their business and life!

What are your thoughts on the video?

Do you find yourself looking back over a wasted day feeling overwhelmed about tomorrow?

Or have you kicked a time wasting habit and have a best practice share?

Please let us know in the comment section below.



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4 Responses to How To Design An Effective Work From Home Schedule

  1. Angela says:

    I think my issue with time management stems from not having the experience to know how much time I need to complete certain tasks, or not yet being fast enough to accomplish them quickly. This makes me feel overwhelmed and often leads to blocks. However, I find that if I just set myself a time limit and hit start on the timer, then when the bell goes off I at least got something accomplished that wasn’t a Facebook post or having read all the emails in my inbox.

    Great points Tami! Thank you :) Just what I needed to hear today.

  2. Tami says:

    Great point Angela. Looking at a whole project that must be completed in one sitting can create a sense of being overwhelmed even when we have all the time in the world to do it. Managing a project or task might mean breaking it down into bite size chunks and tackling it little by little over the time you give it. It took me 4 hours over 5 days to finish this blog post. I LOVE your idea for setting a timer. It is a great time management tool!

  3. Mom says:

    I enjoyed reading this, maybe I will get organized

    Love Mom

  4. Tami says:

    Thanks Mom, I have witnessed you pull it all together in the 11th hour so I know you have what it takes! :)

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