Is time on your side?
Do you make the most out of your time during a work day? If you work from home you will know how hard it is to walk past a pile of dishes or laundry that needs washing, or bunch of toys scattered over the floor. It can be challenging when you still have little ones needing your attention while you are trying to get work done.
Here are some tips that can help you be more productive throughout your day.
- Make technology your friend - by using online time management apps such as Toggl or the calendar app on your computer or phone, you can keep track of appointments, tasks that require completion, how long you spend on a job, or add reminders to work on different tasks (ie. social media posts or marketing).
- Find a good movie - I know it can be hard having kids home during the school holidays while you are trying to work, especially when you need a good hour or two to finish a proposal or put together a report. If I want to keep my two girls entertained during this time, I pop on a movie or TV series they love, and give them some popcorn.
- Stop checking your email every 10-15 minutes - If you are the type of person who checks your email every 10 minutes try limiting it to a minimum of 3 or 4 times a day (unless your waiting on an urgent email), or you could coincide it with lunch and/or coffee breaks.
- Find the mute button - Turn your phone on silent or vibrate if working on an important and time sensitive job. If someone needs to speak to you urgently, they will leave a voicemail message.
- Resist responding - If you hear you phone dinging with emails, texts or social media posts from your friends - resist from responding straight away, wait until you're having lunch or a coffee break.
- Turn off Facebook notifications - I find there's nothing worse than being reminded of the fun my friend is having on their awesome trip around Australia while trying to get work done. Disable your Facebook notifications so you stop seeing and hearing notifications from your friends on your phone.
- Delegate tasks that cause you angst & pain - It's seriously not worth getting stressed about! If you don't enjoy the task delegate it to a professional who will take less time in getting the job completed then you will, in the long run it will save you time & money!
- Take a break from sitting - If you find yourself spending large chunks of time sitting at your computer, remember to take frequent breaks. While you may not think this is productive, if you sit at your desk for long periods of time it can cause eye-strain, neck, back or shoulder pain, or other computer-related injuries* resulting in tasks taking longer to complete. It's also a good idea to get up occasionally to clear your head, and read over whatever it is your working on with a fresh mind so you can identify any errors.
- Set yourself up with snacks & water - If you are finding yourself hungry or making numerous runs to the kitchen for snacks, it's a good idea to bring a bottle of water and enough snacks that will last you throughout the day to your desk. Getting up from the desk to get numerous drinks of water, or to refill your coffee cup can add up to missed hours.
*For more information relating to computer related injuries - see https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/computer-related-injuries
Note, this post is in no way sponsored by any of the apps or platforms mentioned here.