Scheduling my work week is something I have been struggling with.
I have read all kinds of ideas, tips, and tricks to only realize that nothing I was reading was going to make a difference.
The only thing that was standing in my way was me!
We started this series with how to go from hobby to business and a big part of that transition is scheduling your day.
Start off by looking at your own life and be true to who you are.
Ask yourself a few questions.
Are you a Mom?
Do you have a supportive family?
Do you still work outside of the home?
Do you work well in chaos or do you like structure?
Morning person or night owl?
Dig deep and ask yourself the tough questions and what you are willing to give up. The often overlooked reality of working from home is that it will take perseverance!
Just like you I was scrambling from one thing to the next.
I was working, but I never felt like I was getting anywhere.
Start your day with you and your family. Get your kids off to school, walk your dog, have coffee with your hubby…whatever it is to start your day off on the right foot. I also highly recommend moving your body…yeppers I mean exercise 🙂
Get a calendar and use it!
Get out that calendar and schedule all your upcoming appointments. Once you have those in place look at your upcoming week and set your work hours. Estimate the length of time it will take you to complete your tasks. You can even go as far as scheduling in breaks. For instance, if I have laundry running when I start my day I don’t run to unload it when the buzzer goes off. I’ll grab it during a 15-minute break!
Depending on the dynamics of your business, your work week may vary or remain the same.
For me, every new week takes on its own unique challenges so I look at the upcoming week on Sunday.
Multi-tasking is a no, no
This was a big one for me! I always thought multi-tasking was a good thing, but if you watch yourself you’ll notice how it will shift your focus and eat away your work time. The more I stay focused on working the more I get done…in less time!
This will be difficult for mom’s with little ones at home so be kind to yourself and ask for help.
Start Your Day with Your Own Content
I now start with my own projects before I check in on any of my social media. We all want to support our tribe, commenting and liking others Facebook and Instagram posts, but as we all know it can also eat up our time. Before you know it an hour has passed and you don’t have your own work started. I’m an early riser and feel creative in the morning so it is a must to start with my blog first and follow with easier tasks throughout the day.
Plan Your Day the Night Before
Number five ties in with number two, but it is so powerful that it needs to be on its own! No matter how hard you try, something will inevitably come up. When you plan your day the night before you set yourself up for success. If you have an inconsistent work week then planning the night before will be key.
So go treat yourself to a pretty planner and get planning!
As always I would love to hear from you.
Please share your productivity tips so we can all benefit from each other.