From the moment you entered grade school, you learned very quickly that time management was a big deal, and it’s an even bigger deal now that you’re a working adult. If you thought being a working adult was hard, just wait until you tack on the responsibilities of being a working mother on top of that! The level of difficulty increases ten-fold, especially when you work from home!
It’s so funny because people tend to think that just because you work from home that life is easy, and that’s where they have things confused. Time management is a real-life issue for working moms, whether you work from home or commute! Just think about it, you’re trying to build a successful business, maintain a happy marriage, and keep a clean home at the same time. Now that’s the ultimate juggling trick!
The real question is, what is making you want to work from home? Many mothers have a wide array of reasons why they want to work from home, and there’s really no right or wrong answer. The main thing you need to make sure of is that you have all the necessary resources to run your business from home successfully. Do you have a business plan in place? Have you searched for the best website builder? Do you have a designated home office space to increase productivity? Those are all things you have to look at and consider when it comes to running a home-based business.
Regardless of your reasons for starting a home-based business, managing your time effectively is what’s ultimately going to be the key to your success. If you’re a work from home mom and are having a hard time trying to get a handle on your time-management skills, try incorporating these techniques into your daily schedule.
Figure Out When You’re the Most Productive
The fact that you are running your own business means that you can work at any time of the day or night. Pay attention to your energy levels throughout the day and notate when you feel you have the most energy. Is it early in the mornings? Maybe it’s right after lunchtime. For some people, they feel the most energy after 9 pm. If you can figure out when you have the most energy, you’re going to be able to manage your time more efficiently and get a lot of work done during that timeframe.
Carve Out a Weekly Schedule
Sometimes planning out a weekly schedule can feel like it’s more work than it’s worth but trust and believe that if you create a weekly schedule, your life is going to be so much easier, and your work life will thank you for it.
From dentist appointments and soccer games to client meetings and having a spa day to yourself, you will never be able to be everywhere at once. You will miss appointments if you don’t write it down and put it on your schedule! Expectations of mothers is to be here, there, and everywhere, regardless of how taxing it is. As a working mother, you’ll never be able to accomplish half of your responsibilities if you don’t put it on a schedule.
With the subject being time management, what better way to track your time management by keeping track of how long it takes you to complete projects. At the end of your workday, evaluate the times you tracked. Then decide whether or not that was a good enough time for you to efficiently get things done.
For example, as mentioned above, carve out a weekly schedule. Well, in that schedule, it should include your tasks for the day. When you first get your day (or night) started, let’s say you check all your emails, how long does it take you to go through and check your emails? Maybe it takes you an hour to get through them, on average. Your evaluation at the end of the day should be what you can do to cut that time in half?
Identify the Things That are a Waste of Time
There are so many things that you will experience throughout the course of your workday that are major time wasters. The things that might be time-wasters for you might not be time-wasters for the next mom, but the main thing is to be able to identify what your time wasters are and try to eliminate them.
The thing about time-wasters is that you don’t even realize they’re wastes of time until you’ve wasted too much of your time. Things like social media, smoke breaks, talking to friends, and unconsciously eating are things that could be big distractions and take away from your workday.
If you smoke and take four smoke breaks each day, try cutting back on your smoke breaks; instead of taking four, try taking three. You may not realize that you are on social media for 30 minutes instead of the 10 minutes you thought you were taking. If social media is the mental break you need from time to time, consider timing yourself while you’re on social media. Set a 10-minute alarm so you can hop on and hop off in a timely manner.
According to Digital Information World, people are spending 2 hours and 22 minutes on social media per day. Do you know how much work you can get done in 2 hours and 22 minutes! A lot! Yes, you might need a mental break every now and then, but if you end up spending that much time on social media, you definitely need to get your priorities in order.
Wake Up Early
How many times have you worked hard and still didn’t get the things you wanted done, done? It probably happens more often than you would like. It’s as though there’s just not enough hours in the day, right? Well, for most work from home moms, there really aren’t enough hours in the day for you to get everything done that you need to get done!
So how do you gain more hours? You get up earlier. Now, for some moms, waking up early is out of the question because you’re already not getting enough sleep as it is. That’s when you’re going to have to decide what’s a priority to you. If you want to get more done, you’re just going to have to get up earlier to get it done.