Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Working from Home: How to Organize Your Time and Space to Best Meet Goals

If you own or manage an online business, you may already be aware of the benefits of working from the comfort of your own home. As your own boss or manager, it’s important that while you reap the rewards of your flexible agenda you also get the best out of each and every day on the job. Here are some tips to keep an effective schedule and environment for all of your work from home endeavors.

Organize Your Time

1. Make a set schedule and stick to it.
Starting and ending your work day at the same time every week will help you determine the exact amount of time you have to complete your tasks. Like punching in a time card at the office, have a set period of time that you must work every day. Not only does this apply to being on time every day, it also means leaving at the same time so you don’t over do it. Part of the joy of being your own boss or manager is the flexibility of the job, so keep a schedule that works best for you. Many find that a 9-5 schedule helps to keep work days more productive. Chances are that others within your life may share a similar schedule- making it easier to keep in touch with them when the work day comes to an end. Having a set schedule will also help to keep those around you aware that during a certain period of time every day, even if you are at your own home, you are busy “at work”. Also, a good tip for all “work at homers” is to take weekends off. Make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy life outside of the proverbial office.

2. Set deadlines to meet and goals to accomplish.
Have a list of goals, whether short-term or long-term, and devise plans to meet those goals. Even though you may not need them, a set group of goals will help to better accomplish your daily tasks. So, stick to deadlines even if there is no major repercussion for not meeting them. Small deadlines and goals often lead to much larger rewards although you may be unaware of their significance at the time. For example, if you want to learn more about Search Engine Optimization- make a goal to read one article once a week. You’ll be amazed at the amount of information you’ll acquire and the things you will learn within just a few short months. I once heard of a man that wrote one page of a book, once a week. It may seem like a small goal yet within one year he had written a great 50-page paperback that was later published. You will often find that the benefits of meeting your goal will more than compensate for the obedience needed in accomplishing that daily or weekly task.

Organize your space
1. Separate your “work” area from your “living” area.

Create an office space separate from any other area of your house. That space must have privacy and be void of any and all distractions, such as computer games and sometimes the biggest distraction of all- other people. Declare the space off limits during working hours. Not only will separating this space help avoid distractions from other elements, it will help you set the mood for your “office” in knowing- once I am here, it is time to get to work.

A set of goals to accomplish with an established setting to accomplish them in will help make the best of each and every day on the job. And finally one last tip, enjoy the opportunity you have in working from home and make sure to take many breaks. You may even want to take one to count the gas money you’ve saved and to revel on how much you love the boss you work for!

Stacie Leonard completed the Texas Creative program, receiving a degree in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and is now happily employed with Volusion, Inc. http://Volusion.com/

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1 comment:

Beginnings, Middle and Ends said...

My dream is to be as organised as your article describes! I do have my own space and set times to write yet chaos seems to follow me wherever I hide. I've got to say that though I do love my boss!

cheers
TrishA
Independent Writer
[hiding in a corner of my house]