Ring, Ring, ring that dreaded alarm has gone off again and the daily grind of facing 25 kids for 6 hours begins as the new week is heralded once again.
Wait! Hang on one minute my life has completely changed I have taken early retirement and forgot to turn off that ring, ring , the dreaded alarm.
I roll over and go back to sleep. My day can be my day and if I want to sleep in I can.
Finally I raise my head when the bright sunlight gleams in through the large front window. I roll over and check the alarm clock. The bright light shows 9 am suddenly a wave of panic spreads through my body again. The withdrawals symptoms of working 9 to 4 for 30 odd years make me feel uneasy.
What will I do now? Suddenly there are no bells, no structure to my day I have the freedom I have always wanted. So why do I feel so uneasy about the whole thing?
I know I just can’t do anything I want?
My plan is to start looking for a job to do at home away from the hustle and bustle of the traffic, meetings and ongoing professional development.
I eventually discover a work from home opportunity and feel totally blessed. My biggest challenge becomes the time freedom I have always wanted.
I can work where I want and when I want.
The options are very broad and overwhelming. This is the problem suddenly I go from having a very structured day to no structure at all.
So I have decide to share with you my top 10 time management tips | working from home. My five years or so of not being in the main stream work force have taught me a great deal about how to treasure my time.
Build a routine to your day. Yes I know but that is what you wanted to escape from. Unfortunately we are habitual creatures and need a routine and structure to be productive. You will eventually build new habits and become more productive. At least you are in charge of deciding what your routine should look like.
This one covers many aspects and is championed by The Great Robin Sharma begin a journal. Record every minute detail of your day into your journal. You make yourself accountable when you record your activities, challenges and achievements.
Keep track of your time. To find out where your time is going, try keeping a time log for a week or two. How much time is being lost on unimportant activities? Where do most of your interruptions come from? Do they occur during certain time periods or on specific days of the week? Once you have this information it will be easier to eliminate time wasting activities along with distractions and interruptions.
Complete the most important tasks first. This is the golden rule of time management. Each day, identify the two or three tasks that are the most crucial to complete, and do those first.Once you’re done, the day has already been a success. You can move on to other things, or you can let them wait until tomorrow. You’ve finished the essential.
Learn to say “no”. Making a lot of time commitments can teach us how to juggle various engagements and manage our time. This can be a great thing. However, you can easily take it too far. At some point, you need to learn to decline opportunities. Your objective should be to take on only those commitments that you know you have time for and that you truly care about.
Make sure you get a good nights sleep. Most people need 7 to 8 hours to be at their best. If you can’t get it during the night then schedule a nap during your day. This has incredible benefits for your problem solving and creativity so it is not a waste of time by any stretch of the imagination.
Take mini breaks in between your sessions for instance work for 50 minutes of concentrated effort and then lighten up for 10 minutes to recharge yourself. Be sure to plan some breaks throughout your day. Take your dog for a walk or just go and admire the beauty of nature.
Make sure you take action. Procrastination is a time killer. Once you hesitate and put things off it becomes a downward slope. All of a sudden you start putting many things off and find yourself doing trivial things. This is where your journal will help you stay accountable you will see the recorded evidence of what you have achieved.
Do the work that excites you. There are no limits now, you can decide on the sort of work from home opportunity that you want too belong to. When you are engrossed in something you love doing you will not see it as work.