Benjamin Franklin once said,“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”
This is so true when working from a home office. In Part 1 of this 3 part series, I talked about Cutting Out Distractions. That is step one in being productive while working from a home office. Once you have a handle on those distractions, then you’re left with how to schedule your day.
If you get up in the morning with no plan – not a clue with what you’re going to get done – you are most likely not going to get anything done.
The key is to create your day so that you have breaks and you are working when you are at your optimal time.
Personally, I am a morning person. I get up early (5:30 am) and am most productive. Knowing that, I plan my day with intention. How? All of my ‘hard thinking’ work takes place in the morning. I have no distractions (radio turned off, all warnings, dings, bells and whistles on my devices are turned off) and I work. I may work on a new blog post, I may be working on a consultation report, and I may be working on invoicing. I just know that during this most productive time I can get a crap-load of things done!
Knowing that I can get a lot of ‘office work’ done in the morning, I then try to book clients or shopping trips for clients in the afternoon. It’s a great time (for me) to get physically moving, get out of the house, and get fresh air. My own personal ‘witching hour’ is around 4:00 – 5:00 pm. It is during this time that I will check on Social Media (like, comment, share, etc.), respond to emails, etc. This is the time I use to wrap up my day with ‘easy thinking’ tasks.
The joy of running your own business is that you get to craft what your day is going to look like. So whether you’re a morning person (like myself), or you’re a night owl – you get to choose how your day is going to look. So, here’s to being productive no matter what your day looks like!
Part 1: Cutting out the Distractions