Time Management Traps for People who Work from Home

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Wednesday was Canada’s unofficial National Work From Home Day. It used to be that you have to be self-employed to be able to work from home. However, nowadays, it’s not uncommon for employers to allow their employees to work from home.

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Some employers begin to realize the benefits of allowing their employees to work from home. For example, they don’t have to maintain an office that cuts down expenses such as rent, utility, etc.

Employees, at the same time, also benefit from this arrangement. They don’t have to commute and have more flexible working hours. As an employee who works from home, you have to avoid falling into some of the time management traps though.

Lack of a schedule

When you have to go into the office, you know that you have to be there by 9 am and leave at 5 pm. However, when you work from home, you usually have more flexibility when it comes to your work schedule. However, this doesn’t mean that you can get up at noon and work whenever you feel like it.

Time Management Traps for People who Work from Home

You should set a work schedule for yourself and stick to it. This not only allows you to plan your days better as you have a schedule to follow, but this schedule also gets your mind into the “work mode.” Depending on your work, your schedule can be as flexible as you want it to be.

For example, now that you don’t have to commute to work, how about starting your work an hour early so that you can finish up early? What about working 4 hours early in the morning and then 3 hours in the evening?

Disruptions

When you work from home, you may be tempted to squeeze some housework into your work schedule, or how about-turn on that TV so that you can have some entertainment while you work? These are a big no-no. Regardless of where you work, you have to be able to focus on your work.

Set up your home office as if it is a real office. You wouldn’t have a washer and a TV in your office, would you? You need to separate your work from your home. Close the door to your home office when you are working if you don’t have an office, set up your work area in a quiet section of your home.

Doing too much at once

We all have many things to do. One of the objectives of time management is to get everything you have to do accomplished effectively. Many people think that they are very good at multi-tasking. However, doing multiple things at once doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re efficient.

When we work on more than one task at once, we often end up spending more time on these tasks than when we work on them individually. Prioritize your tasks and work on them one at a time.

Forget to take breaks

People who work from home spend a big part of their day at home. You don’t get to meet your colleagues like you do when you work in an office (no more water cooler gossips. What a bummer!) Sometimes, this could make you feel isolated from the “outside world.” Don’t stay at home all the time. Go out to lunch or maybe take a walk in your neighborhood. Take a break and call your best friend.

Conclusion

Being able to work from home is a “dream comes true” for a lot of people. However, don’t think that people who work from home have it easy. You have to have excellent time management skills and self-discipline to get your work done. Regardless of where you work, work must be done.

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