Working from home for over a decade has taught me many things. The best thing that comes on top is having killer time management skills.
Every day I get many emails from people who want to work from home but are clueless about how they are going to manage kids at home. I cannot stress enough about this one skill that you need to perfect to be able to work from home efficiently.
It’s something that has given me more time to spend with my family, achieve work goals, be more focused on growing my business, and finally have some ‘me-time.’
These are the best time management skills to ace working from home.
Are you spending endless hours doing things that could be done by someone else while you can focus more time on your business/remote job? I am sure more than you know. The whole of the work-from-home tribe is guilty of this most of the time.
It can be hard to let it go and outsource. But believe me, once you take off some of the redundant work from your plate, you can focus more effectively on your business. Especially in business, the ROI of your time is more when you outsource some tasks like social media management, admin work, or any virtual assistance stuff.
When you outsource tasks to experts, you can be sure of getting the work done and also achieve bigger business goals.
Planning is Everything
Working from home is only enjoyable when you plan everything ahead. Whether you work around kids or work alongside your roommate, remote work is only sweet till you are prepared for it.
Plan, Plan, Plan. That’s the only mantra to become a work from home success. Planning is vital to boost your productivity when you work from home. Be it a meeting with colleagues or an online presentation or a daily target to achieve, plan everything.
Planning your day can also mean you have a healthy balance of work and family/personal time, which is the essence of working from home. Use apps like Todoist, Evernote, Trello (great for teams), or start using your Google Calendar to plan your day and make it work.
Of course, everyone thinks working from home is a breeze, but it can be overwhelming sometimes. Taking short breaks is more important when you work from home. Imagine having your toddlers jump around while you are working on an important project.
It seems impossible, right?! Well, you can make this work by taking small breaks when you feel overwhelmed with work or when it’s nearly impossible to focus.
These breaks can give you time to re-energize, clear your mind, probably even play with your toddler:-). A stroll around the corner, a mini TV break, a short playtime with your kid or even a short nap if you can afford one, all these can gear up your mind and prepare you for a whole day of work.
I firmly believe remote workers are the majority of users of smart apps and smart technology.
Whether you work with a remote team or are a C-suite executive, using technology can give you the most productive work environment. The ones which I love are Slack, Zoom, Teamviewer, Dropbox, Now Do This, Grammarly, Pocket, etc.
GoToWebinar/GoToMeeting is also a great tool if you want to connect with your team or make presentations. Another smart tool I use is LastPass, which is amazing for security and storing all your passwords.
Working from home does not always mean you will be at home; most of my blogging peers start their day in a cafe working on their blogs. If you are out working on your laptop, your staple technology kit should include a good power bank, mobile hotspot, etc.
No Distraction Zone
I know it’s hard to do this, but if you are planning to work from home for a reasonable amount of time, then create a separate work-space for yourself.
If you are a family with kids, then it might seem like an impossible task to create a home office, but it’s something that will save your day. Having a dedicated space to work will create boundaries between your work and your family.
It’s not a rule set in stone when you work from home, but having boundaries is something you can always aim.
The freedom to work from home is something everyone wishes, but to balance work and family effectively is a skill in itself. Taking the help of technological advancements and seamlessly managing your work and life is the mantra to become a work-from-home hero.