Have you recently started working from home? When I started working from home in March, my time management went out the window. I felt like I was getting nothing done, was always stressed, and my headspace was completely crowded. With everything going on in the world, I just found it so challenging to follow good time management practices at home. Especially with my couch so close my.
If you’ve following my blog before, you know that I am (previously) obsessive about time management. At one point I had 3 jobs, I work full time in Silicon Valley, and still get 8 hours of sleep and have a social life. How you ask? Time management.
As quarantine started to hit and my time management fell apart, I decided to go back to basics. Get back into my tips that I started with and the strategies I knew to be true. Within in a few weeks, I was back to my normal routine.
Most importantly, time management takes practice – so be comfortable knowing it will take a few weeks to build up new, but good time management habits at home. In the meantime, follow these time management tips for a productive day working at home.
Follow these time management tips to have a more productive day at home.
The Ultimate Time Management Tips While You Are Working From Home
Meditate Every Morning
You’ll hear me talk constantly about meditation, but I truly believe that if you meditate every morning, you will have better time management. Think of it this way, if you are easily distracted, it’s really important that you are able to be in the moment. That is the exact practice of meditation. That’s why meditation helps so much with time management.
If you aren’t already in a meditation routine, check out the app Headspace or Calm. Guided meditations are an amazing way to get in the routine of being in the moment.
Batch Your Work
It’s been proven that batching your work is one of the best time management practices. For me, I find it really difficult (especially working at home) to simply say, ok, I’m going to work for the next 8-10 hours. No! I want to go outside, eat some food, and more. Try batching like tasks together, so your brain can focus for a few hours at a time.
For example, today – I’m writing some blog posts. This isn’t the first post I’ve written about, but I’m in a writing mood so it’s really easy to flow to multiple posts. This is batching your work!
I don’t have kids, but I imagine if you are a working mom time management becomes even harder. Trying to batch like tasks, while your kids are napping, or while they are sleeping, should make things a little easier.
Turn on the Focus App
Turn on the Focus App if you want good time management at home, this will help you have a productive day. The Focus App is a desktop application that will block websites that are distracting, like Facebook, Instagram and more.
Time management is no easy task, especially with a ton of distractions. Personally, I think there are more distractions working from home than at work. It’s just a new environment to get used to. With the focus app, I’ll batch my work and say ok, I’m leaving Facebook off for an hour. Then I can just focus for an hour, and then check Facebook. It’s a great way to increase productivity.
Make Your Space Your Own
During quarantine, I’ve been working from my kitchen table. It didn’t feel productive, or like a desk. And my time management was awful. But, then I decided to make my space my own. Make it feel like a place I wanted to be. I got a comfy chair, and cute pens – and viola, I didn’t mind sitting at my desk so much. This in turn, made my time management a little easier – and made me more productive.
In general, having a clean space helps with time management. It’s important to clean out around you – to help your mind focus better.
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Write in a Gratitude Journal
Writing in a gratitude journal has helped me so much with my time management. You might be thinking, how does writing gratitude statements make you more productive? Well think about the ways you become unproductive; you could be distracted, maybe your kids aren’t around, or maybe your being negative. If you are having a negative moment (it’s ok, we all have them) gratitude is a great time management tool for you.
Reminding yourself how much you have to be positive about will in turn help you focus on the simple tasks at home. Maybe it will make you grateful for the screaming children!
Shut off at night
Shutting off at night is an important part of having a productive day, and great time management. Part of having great time management is actually not working all the time. Who would have thought? But it is.
So make sure you have a time every night where you shut off, you’re not checking emails and the time can be all yours. Do something you enjoy and your time management the next day will be so much better.
Find things to look forward to
Especially in quarantine, it’s hard to find things to look forward to. Simply things have felt like work, and therefore time management is a lot harder. I try and find one simple thing to look forward to every day while working from home. Maybe it’s the card game I’m going to play with my boyfriend later, or watching a Netflix show. Whatever it is, allow yourself to be excited about something and you will be more productive during the time.
Get outside as much as possible
When we’re stuck at home, because you are working mom or working from home right now – it’s really important to get outside. Clearing headspace is one of the most important part of great time management – and that can happen from changing locations.
I like to take walks once or twice a day, even during conference calls. Whenever I can get outside – the better!
Be realistic with what you can get done
Being realistic in what you can actually get done is a little time management secret that not too many people follow. In fact, most people’s to do list is so long it looks completely impossible and daunting. Don’t do this. Make sure you are setting a realistic to do list (which is why you only write down a few things) when you are starting your day.
Being realistic with what you can get done is a crucial part of time management, make sure you follow it for a productive day.