Work From Home – Time Management Ideas

 Statistics show that people who work from home put in more hours than if they were in the office. With that said, they are also found to be more productive. They are also more likely to go above and beyond expectations.

However, people who work from home also risk the accusation that they spend less time working than making cups of tea and watching daytime television.

Perhaps this is true that they are more productive because they are over-compensating to prove to their colleagues that they are not in their pajamas at home or to prove to their employers that they are a safe investment.

Remote working and work from home jobs has taken off in all but the factory-based jobs. Results show there are both positives and negatives to remote working and when you work from home.

This can be good and bad. The ideal of being able to work from home shows more productivity and saves costs, however, it also creates the struggle for the work from home people to find the time to unwind and relax after work.  They don’t have that ‘switch’ to turn off when it’s “time to go home”. Work will tend to spill over into those leisure and home spaces.

It’s important that if you find yourself with a job that allows you to work from home, then you should do the following to manage your time:

  1. Have a work space that is designated as “the office” and not a space in the living room, or bedroom, but rather in a separate room that can be closed off when you are done for the day.
  2. Set regular hours – as if you are going to work. Dedicating specific hours for your “work from home” job can help deter you from working at other odd hours of the day.
  3. Don’t let household chores get in the way. Don’t do laundry, cleaning, baking or any other personal chores when you are at your “work from home” job.
  4. The last 30 minutes of your day should be your time to line up what you will need to do for tomorrow. This will give you closure for “today’. It will also give you the unwind time needed before you head off to another errand, throwing your mind in another direction.

Those of us who have the great opportunity to work from home, also realize that this is still a job and needs to be managed as one.  There are still tasks to be completed and should be done timely.   Therefore, time management will be crucial to be effective and productive.

It’s imperative that you treat your work from home job the same as one you would leave the home for. You need to still get up in the morning, do your regular routine of getting ready for the day and then enter the office space and stay there as you would had you left your home. Use your time management skill sets and be productive before your leave your dedicated office space and “return home” for the day.

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Good luck in your endeavors to work from home.


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2 thoughts on “Work From Home – Time Management Ideas”

  1. Do you keep some sore of task list or action item checklist when you do a work from home type of job?

    I noticed that I initially went of the ground running with starting my own online business but tailored off because I didn’t know how to manage my time correctly.

    I felt like part of it was not being used to managing my own schedule. Now that I am currently working full time, I am trying to find time both during lunch breaks and after work hours to work on my business. I feel a little more structured.

    Did you have this experience and is it a very common obstacle to overcome when working on your own time for the first time?

    1. Thank you for your comment.  First I made a list of everything that I need to do on a daily or weekly basis, writing this on paper.  Then I create a task for each of these items in my Microsoft Outlook Tasks.  Many of these items need to be done on a daily or weekly basis, so I am sure to set up “recurrances” for them.  For instance, if I want to write a blog once a week, I would create a task entitled “write blog”.  I have it set that it will remind to write at blog every 6 or 7 days after I mark it done.  These tasks keep in order and it’s a virtual list.  I don’t have to manually track what I do.  I can then check my tasks that are marked “done” to monitor how often I do it.   I do find that discipline is necessary.  I decide on a two-hour time line each day, and schedule myself to work on my on-line business in that time.  It’s like making an appointment for a haircut, or scheduling time to help a friend.  I schedule time to dedicate to succeeding in my own endeavor.   Feel free to ask, if you need more suggestions. 

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