I have been working from home for four years — even before I got married and had kids. However, it is only recently that I truly learned to work more efficiently. I realized that, to be able to work from home successfully, it is important to have a plan, to be organized and most importantly, to have the determination to finish tasks.
Here are my 6 tips on working from home more efficiently…
Create A Game Plan
The first thing to do is to plan your day because without a plan, there is a tendency to get distracted by other things: e-mails, social networking, etc. It doesn’t matter when you create this plan. You can plan your day a month, a week or a day ahead — the important thing is that you have a game plan.
The plan must have the top goals for the day and the tentative deadlines. This way, you have clear goals and schedules.
Group Similar Tasks
If you check your e-mail every time you receive a notification, it is likely for you to use a lot of your work hours reading and replying to e-mails. To avoid these time traps, try grouping tasks and set a schedule for each group.
Do Not Give In to Distractions
I think this is my weakest point because my distractions are my kids. Thing is, my kids must always come first. So, what do I do? I go back to the first tip, which is to plan my day and to stick to the plan. I work during the kids’ nap times so I get to work continuously without getting distracted by all the cute things they do. 🙂
Always Finish What You Started
Sure, multi-tasking is a cool superpower, but this can be your downfall too. Sometimes, we get caught up with so many tasks getting done all at the same time that we often end up not finishing anything. Instead of multi-tasking, focus on one goal at a time. Do not move on to another task without finishing the first one you started.
Give Yourself a Break!
Never ever ever forget to take a break. In my four years of working from home, I learned that the biggest work-stopper is fatigue. I have this tendency to not work — for days — when I feel overworked. So WAHMs, give yourself time off!
Working from home is awesome as long as you know how to manage your time properly. As one of my favorite go-to websites for work at home moms says, it’s a WAHMderful Life! 🙂
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I am very new to this whole WAHM thing, and still trying to look for a system that works for me. What’s the worst thing that ever happened to you as a WAHM, in terms of balancing your career and mommy duties?
Hi Angeli! To be honest with you, every single day is a challenge (especially now that I have two little ones and no house help). My work hours depend on the kids — if they’re in the mood to behave, then I get to put in more hours for work. If they want my attention, then I really have to drop my work and be with them. There was a point when I had to let go of a number of clients just so I can focus more on my family. My earnings dropped significantly, but my family is my reason for being a WAHM so I try not to let work (and money) take over my life. 🙂
Thank you so much for the insight and the tips! 🙂
I have an almost two year old daughter, so the only time I can work is very late at night till 4am. Which is crazy. You’re right. I will not let work take over my life. I have to cut back on rakets.
Great tips, Kim! The same list also works for WAHD’s like me! 🙂