Monday, 12 March 2018

Ways to Work from Home Effectively

I am really lucky that over the past few years I have been able to work from the comfort of my home, supporting our family income by doing everything from running an eBay shop to writing a blog. We are a family who love little luxuries (and big ones too if I'm honest!) so being a pro at time management is essential in our house if we want to keep making extra money to fund these treats (namely Disney holidays, I will admit!). 

Honestly, I have pretty much worked through every nap that kiddo has taken, every morning she spends at nursery and pretty much most evenings too! It's a way of getting stuff *done* without having to worry about paying out for expensive childcare or having kiddo in nursery for longer than she needs to be. 

Being careful with how I spend my time 'working' is always something I am very conscious of. I hate the feeling of wasting time, especially when you are super busy and have a huge 'to do' list!

There are a number of methods that I like to use when it comes to making the most of my time when working at home and today I wanted to share a few of these. Just a few simple steps that make all the difference for me! 

Firstly, preparation. I never go to bed without making a firm 'to do' list for the following day. Identifying what needs to be done and how many hours I have to get it done in is crucial for me in having a successful working day.

Next, having a designated (uncluttered!) work/office/desk space and getting ready properly in the morning really helps me get into a super productive mindset. If I am ready in the morning (no pj's here!) I am more inclined to work harder and be more productive when I am sat at my computer, especially with no or minimal distractions! 

Finally, effective communication! I don't have an awful lot of time where I can work without distraction (kiddo is at nursery for just 15 hours) so I like to stay on top of emails and phone calls when my time is completely my own. Replying to emails as soon as I can and making sure that I can make quick and efficient phone calls are essential. If I need to ring my mobile or insurance company for example, I like to know that I can call them directly without having to wait for ages on the phone. This site has thousands of contact numbers that enable you to skip the queues and get through to your chosen company directly which saves so much time leaving you to concentrate on the more important aspects of your day! 

Do you work from home? How do you manage your time and what are your top tips for working efficiently when you are your own boss? Let me know in a comment below! 

1 comment

  1. I'd love to work from home when I have kids of my own, and your ideas are really useful for getting motivated for office mode, even if you don't leave the house. Getting out of pyjamas and having a proper breakfast are key, I reckon, and a to-do list is the most effective way for me to smash tasks, whether in the office or not!

    So glad to see that you're making this work for you!

    Steph :)