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WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JAN. 25, 2015
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Where Do You Find The Time to Work at Home?

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Working at home is a considered a ‘luxury’ but finding the time to complete your tasks can be a major problem. Since there are a lot of distractions, you have to organize yourself, prepare a working schedule and follow it strictly. However, even with a schedule and dedication to your work, it sometimes becomes impossible to find the time need to get everything done. An effective method of creating time is eliminating your time wasters and finding balance. Below are simple, effective tips of finding time to work at home.

Reduce TV Time

Television programs, series or movies consume a lot of your time. Reducing your television time is a great way to start finding time for working at home. Furthermore, some of the things you watch are not beneficial and do not add any value to your life. You don’t have to cut back your entire television time, just minimize some of it. Convert that time to working time and earn an extra hour or so.

Avoid Unnecessary Online Websites

Another major time waster is unproductive online websites like social networks. This problem mostly affects people who use the internet to get their work done. Going over Facebook posts, making comments, tweeting, viewing YouTube videos and other entertainment sites consume a lot of our time. You are not prohibited to visit such sites. However, ensure you keep them under control. Avoid visiting the sites for hours or numerous times throughout the day. It is advisable to set specific times to do that. For instance, when you feel bored or tired and need to refresh your mind a bit or when taking a break. Ensure online time wasters do not consume much of your time during working hours.

Avoid Distractions from Family and Friends

A main disadvantage of working at home is the presence of your friends and family. We all enjoy conversing and spending time with our families, and this may come into play when you sit down to work. As family members move around the house or friends come over, you will be tempted to attend to them, especially children. Before you realize, you will have spent half of your day interacting with them. Talk to your family and let them know that you have to work during specific hours. Note carefully that this tip does not tell you to ignore your family and friends completely. On the contrary, it advises you to spend time with your family and friends but learn to balance between family time and working time.

Manage Your Time Efficiently

Time management is an important aspect of creating time. Getting things done when you are scheduled to do them enables you to keep your time under control. You can begin by setting limits to activities especially those that suck up your time more than they should. As aforementioned, having a schedule is another fix it method of finding time to work at home. Set targets on what you need to achieve each day.

The major tip to finding time is to avoid getting dragged into a casual mood that exists when working from home. Additionally, iron out the clutter that slows you down. What other tips do you have? Share them with us below!

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