When you are working form home, you know that being able to work on a schedule becomes one of the most important things. You’ve probably thought all about how great it will be to have the freedom to work whenever you want, but remember that when this happens you are actually going to be causing a lot of chaos in your own head. Working whenever you want might be great, but imagine if you don’t’ have a work schedule. The temptation to not get your work done on time is hard to pass by, and so is the temptation to work 24 hours a day, in order to either catch up or to do even more than you’ve been doing in the past. This is why having a concrete work schedule is a great way to make sure that you’re on top of things.
There are several ways that you can do this. First of all, the best thing to do is to figure out how much time each week you need to devote to your business. Are there certain things that need to be done every day, or only ever week? Can you get by with only working a few hours each day, or do you need a full work day in order to get things done? some people choose to have full work days two or three days a week, and take the rest of the days off. However, with some businesses you simply need to be at work each day, so this tactic would not work for you.
Once you know how much work time a week you need, you can develop a schedule. Make sure that you’ve got your weekly tasks and your daily tasks posted somewhere, so that you can keep track of things. Remember that even though you have a work at home schedule you should make sure it is rather flexible, because part of the joy of working at home or owning your own home business is that you can take time off when you want and you can build your own hours.
For the most part, the best thing to do is to set a schedule and stick to it. If you need 15 hours per week to do your work, set those hours and be sure that you stick to them. You might want to make allowances to give yourself time to do extra work, or to take on additional projects, but remember that allowing yourself to work longer hours is just one step on the slippery slope of allowing yourself to work each day and each night. Soon you’ll find yourself even more burnt out on your home business than you were when you worked in that office.