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5 Reasons Why You Need A Work-At-Home Schedule

After studying my time and chatting with some other work-at-home folks, I discovered five reasons to embrace the schedule.

One of the attractions of working at home is the vision of freedom; it invokes no time clock, no timesheets, and no one to account for how you spend your time. Yes, it is an attractive proposition, but like so many attractive propositions, there is a serious downside you are likely wasting a lot of time.

My husband spends time every day filling out these large spreadsheets to account for his day. He works for a large engineering company and his day often encompasses work on a variety of projects for different clients.

He loathes the activity, and I have always dismissed it as a waste of time, that is until my home business recently took off, and I realized there weren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish all my goals.

I now have my spreadsheet and agenda for the day, and

I have improved my productivity and reduced my stress immeasurably. If you don’t think you need a schedule for your home business, then think again and read on.

After a spate of relatively unproductive days when my “To Do” list seemed to grow exponentially every time I looked at it, I knew something had to change.

Granted, I was going through a rough patch. My home business was experiencing growing pains and taking up more than usual. My four-year-old was only in preschool part-time. My husband wasn’t pulling his weight on the home front, and my extended family was experiencing several crises. But I’m also old enough to know there is never a perfect time in life; you live the one you’ve got. These are simply the problems I’m dealing with this year. Next year these problems will be traded in for new fresh ones.

After studying my time and chatting with some other work-at-home folks, I discovered five reasons to embrace the schedule:

  • 1. It’s too easy to waste time doing nonpriority tasks
  • 2. It’s too easy to get sidetracked or distracted from your current task
  • 3. Unscheduled work time can often overlap into your free time until you don’t have any free time at all
  • 4. Your free time can overlap with your work time until you fall behind with important projects
  • 5. Concentrating your time and effort on highest priority projects means more gets done

I’m not the only work-at-home business person encompassing the schedule.

I recently took part in an online forum where men and women had moved to embrace it and found it more freeing than restrictive.

After all, you are still the one setting the schedule, so you are free to schedule yourself off for a 3-hour lunch, an afternoon, or a whole day whenever you choose.

If you find it difficult setting up your schedule and priorities for the day and week, perhaps your significant other or a friend can help you set your schedule.

5 Reasons Why You Need A Work-At-Home Schedule

5 Reasons Why You Need A Work-At-Home Schedule

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