We all work from home for various reasons: Kids, health problems, the need to work in
pajamas, not getting along with other people, etc.
At the end of the day, it often boils down to the fact that we want to have more control
over the hours that we work.
For me it was the fact that I want to be able to work from anywhere.
The problem however, is that working a 9-6 job comes with a lot of structure. Lunch time
might be optional, but people are going to start talking if you spend too much time on
You are now the boss of you and that means that you need to act like it.
So here are some of my tips that ensures that I hit my deadlines.
- Block book your time: My weekly calendar is a kaleidoscope of
colours, filled with work hours, meetings, ballet and pilates classes, study
time, and yes, making dinner. This is so I know exactly what I’m doing when.
- Don’t feel guilty about your leisure time: Working from home
means that you can do in 4 hours what normally would have taken the whole day in
the office. What to do with all your extra time? Well, you could work some more
and earn some extra money, or you could go to the gym. Just don’t spend that
time on Facebook pretending to work. You’ll only be fooling yourself. I find the
best thing to do under these circumstances is to block book my leisure time.
That way it’s scheduled and I have no reason to feel guilty about being away
from my desk.
- Use time tracking tools:My personal favorite is Freshbooks, as
I can flag my time as billable or non-billable and translate my time into an
invoice in about 30 seconds, but a lot of my friends use Toggl and love it to
- Pomodoro method: Break your time up into 25 minute slots, set
the timer (Tomato Timer is cool https://tomato-timer.com/) and once you’re done,
take a break. It is very important that you take this break away from your desk.
Take a walk, do a quick house chore before coming back and starting the next
- Don’t trip yourself: It’s lunchtime and you’ve been grafting
hard all morning. You only have a few thing left to do, so you reward yourself
with an episode of Younger on Netflix. Suddenly it’s 16:00, you have 20 emails
in your inbox and you need to leave for yoga in an hour. Yes, this is something
that has happened to me. Remember, if it’s not in your calendar, it doesn’t
happen, that includes TV time. Add it to your calendar and set a timer. That way
you remain in control of your time.
- Create fake deadlines: All of us have different drivers. I work
better when I have a due date and someone that I’m accountable to. This means
that when I’m working on a personal project (like the workshop that I’ll be
launching soon) I need to set myself a deadline and book a meeting with a friend
to review the work. This way I’m keeping myself accountable and ensuring that
it’s not only my client work that gets done, I’m investing in myself as well.
Have questions about Project or Time Management? Contact me for a coffee or join my next
workshop to learn more about using your time effectively.