It is important to Make The Most Of Your Home Business Time. Regardless of what kind of home business you have, you are always going to have the same difficulty and obstacle: managing your time wisely. You have no boss to schedule you or delegate specific tasks and deadlines, you are on your own. You have to focus on getting things done and not just dealing with the crisis or stress of the moment. The following post is full of ideas you can use to accomplish this.
Define time between work and play
You have to establish boundaries around your work time. Primarily, this is going to be drawing a line between your personal time and your professional hours. It is not enough that you know you need to do this, you need to schedule these hours and put them on the door to your office so that everyone else who lives with you respects and honors this boundary too.
Learn to prioritize and you can be more successful
Inside of your established professional hours, you have to write out a list of your priorities. This is going to usually break down into four quadrants of two categories: urgent/not urgent and important/not important.
Most of your time is going to go to the urgent and important activities.
Set aside time for all four quadrants in your planner. If you never deal with the not urgent/not important, you are going to wind up with a pile of mail to open that topples over and buries you. You do have to clean, and you never know, there might be something valuable in there. The important but not urgent category is the one that needs at least twenty percent of your time, regardless of the urgent matters. This is where you are actually doing things that will eventually grow your business.
Do NOT check your email constantly!
Never have your email open all the time. Set certain points in the day for checking email, like the top of every other hour. If you get caught in the vortex of eternally refreshing your inbox, you will never get anything else done. Unless you are a spammer that makes money off of every email, this does not work.
Getting into a routine is your ultimate goal
As you can get in a groove over a couple of weeks, or even months, the day to day tasks are going to get pretty habitual for you. Once you start sailing into this routine, you can start really taking control of things. You will know how many hours you have dedicated to your business and how many your daily actions take. The difference is your professional free time where you can work on longer range projects that are the ones really likely to boost your business into the big time.
Write it down, plan it out, knock it out, achieve your goals
Write out a list of the projects that you want to do. The smallest and simplest ones are good candidates to start with, as are any projects that are prerequisites of other items on the list. Think about the realistically best case scenario for how short a time frame they could happen. Then, think about how long they would take in their worst case scenario. To schedule a realistic time frame for their completion, pick a point that is about 65% between the shortest and longest estimates, but leaning in the direction of the longest time frame. The projects you get done faster than this will leave you enough hours to compensate for the ones that run over.
There are several powerful tools that can help you manage your goals and help you track them. This may help to organize what is going on in your business and help you to organize tasks. I recommend either using Monday.com or Trello. Both are great at creating and tracking goals, assignments and workflows.
Time management is the key
When it comes to home businesses of any kind, time management is really the most essential factor. It really does all come down a numbers game, but this article covers that game in depth.
As you begin to grow, you can look at other ways to potentially outsource some of your routine tasks. You can find people on fiverr that would could be assigned to complete task, produce content, or work on projects. This is all for a fee of course. But it is an easy way to automate some tasks and save yourself some time.
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