Entrepreneurs need to manage their time wisely in order to make the most out of their at home working hours and live a life that they love. In this blog post, you’ll learn five important strategies for mastering your work-life balance as an entrepreneur that works from home.
Create a work space that is dedicated to your home office in a style that you LOVE
As an entrepreneur, your home is your office. Without a separate space for working, it can be difficult to find the time and mental energy to focus on work when you’re surrounded by comfy beds and sofas. Make sure to create a dedicated space in your home where you work without interruption, whatever that may look like for you, whether it’s an office with dedicated desks or simply separate tables where you place all of your electronics.
Have set hours for when you are working at home so that it becomes part of your routine and share that information with friends and family so they also respect your working hours
Let’s be real…you don’t love it when your best friend or a family member drops in unannounced while you’re on a call with a potential client right? Save your relationships by setting specific hours for when you are working at home. By doing so, you’ll build healthy boundaries around your work time and prevent interruptions from outside sources. If someone is unable to respect those boundaries, it might be time to reconsider whether or not that person should be part of your life.
Keep distractions out of sight or find ways to deal with them before they become distracting
Do you have shiny object syndrome, where the slightest distraction has you turning around and doing something else? What if I told you that there is a simple trick to nixing those distractions in one fell swoop? While it may sound somewhat ridiculous, the best way to deal with distractions when you’re working from home is by keeping them out of sight. If your work space is set up in an area where anyone can walk by and potentially distract you, having a separate table or desk for working will not only help with your time management but also prevent these annoying distractions from pulling you away from your work.
What about all those notifications for email, Facebook, Instagram, What’s App! You hear the “bing” and you just have to check what it is. What if you did this instead: mute your phone or put it on airplane mode while working on a project and turn off email notifications that pop up on your computer screen. By doing this you are controlling the noise of distractions, not letting them control you.
Avoid multi-tasking because it will take up more time than just focusing on one thing at a time
Really…It’s simple. When you stay focused on one thing, you will do a better job and get it done more quickly.
It takes more time to do multiple things at once, so don’t. Keep your focus on a single task until it’s finished and then move on to the next thing. If you have a hard time with this, it might be time to start using a timer so that you stay on task.
If a single task is too daunting right away, break it up into smaller tasks. The time spent will be less than if you spend hours trying to finish the entire thing in one go.
Set limits for yourself when doing certain activities, such as being online or checking emails. This means that everything has a time frame assigned to it so that there’s no unnecessary work getting done while at work. By giving yourself strict regimented periods of time for specific tasks, you not only reduce your workload but can set limits so that there are breaks built in between certain things so you don’t get burned out — which is a very real
Use a timer and take breaks every hour so that your brain can relax and recharge!
Whenever you feel yourself drifting off track with your work , use a timer and take a 15 to 20 minute break to do something relaxing, such as reading a book or exercising to keep your mind sharp
Staying productive for eight hour stretches can be tough without some occasional mental breaks! To prevent your concentration from wavering, use a timer set for hour remind yourself that it’s time for a short break. You might want to spend your break time doing something creative, such as drawing or writing. Or you can take a quick walk outside to clear your head and stretch your legs!
If you want to live a better life and make the most of your at home working hours, it’s time for a change. Not only will this help with productivity, but also mental health so that you have more energy to do what matters in your personal life. Start by eliminating distractions from work-related tasks as much as possible. Use these helpful tips on how to manage time wisely with mindfulness and discipline — then watch as everything starts coming together!