How to make time to work from home

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Give up time-wasters

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Split tasks into smaller chunks

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Find your pace and stick to it

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Create a schedule

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Plan a weekly menu

Get up one hour early

If you’re a night owl this thought may fill you with horror (and probably isn’t the best suggestion for you) but the easiest way to gain an extra hour a day is to set your alarm clock an hour early.

You’ll be surprised at how much you can achieve in that precious extra hour (after a strong tea or coffee to get you started!) when the house is silent. Plus you can start the day feeling satisfied that you’ve already accomplished something.

Take a break

If you find you’re feeling a bit jaded or are stuck on something, take a break. A quick walk around the corner (or even just round the garden) away from work can reinvigorate you so when you go back you’re energised and ready to work at a faster pace. Plus the change of scenery and exercise may give you a fresh perspective that allows you to solve a nagging problem.

Be prepared

Before you sit down to work take a few minutes to make sure you have everything you’re likely to need to hand. Also try to make sure there’s nothing that you will need to get up for, such as taking food out of the oven or unloading a washing machine. This will stop you needing to break off mid-task, losing your concentration and wasting precious minutes looking for things.

Group tasks together

Every time we start a new task we need to break concentration and refocus our thoughts. That’s why it makes much more sense to group similar tasks together, saving us time in switching between skills or mindsets and engaging different parts of our brain.

So look at the tasks you need to do to get your business or freelance career started, and put them into groups – for example, marketing, social media, planning, finances etc. Then allocate a chunk of time to one group of tasks. With your head already in ‘the zone’ you’ll find it quicker and easier to find and act on solutions, getting more done.

It’s also a good idea to devote set time for checking your emails, say once an hour. This stops you getting distracted from a task by reading every email as it comes through and composing a reply.

Be determined

And finally, if you really, really want to get something done, you’ll find a way to make it happen. Ask any successful woman who has launched a thriving business or freelance career while raising children how she did and she’ll probably say she was determined to make it work. Extra hours in the day don’t just magically appear – you need to make them happen and make the most of them.

Do you have any time-saving tips that have helped you to build a successful freelance career or start a business? Share them on our LinkedIn group – and get tips from other members!

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