Managing time is crucial
When I started blogging two years ago the aim was to help me find a way, any way, to stay at home. I tried a few different things, took a few courses and found myself working as a Social Media Manager. I was able to leave my admin job and am now officially self employed. I thought I would start sharing some of the things I have learnt along the way.
I work from home, have a toddler to contend with and would like to pretend I have a social life, or at least the potential for one, so I have to be organised. Ridiculously so! So I make lists, lots of them, here are just a few of my list tips.
- A full to do list. Everything that comes in and needs to be done for work gets added to the list and ticked off as it is done. It is long and never gets finished so isn’t great for moral, but it means that nothing gets missed.
- A weekly overview. This one gets pinned to my notice board for all to see, a quick overview of what I plan to do each day, be it a swim lesson, a blog post or a job for someone. It helps make sure I’m not double booked and to keep me focused. I always plan in a day off, it is important to see that in front of me.
- A detailed day plan. I get two days a week when the boy is at nursery, these days are planned to a ridiculous level. Everything goes on the list. EVERYTHING. From the nursery run to having lunch, it’s all on the list. I do it as it’s great to have some easy to complete items but it also stops me from being disappointed if I don’t get everything done because I planned in too much.
- A Diary. On my phone and in paper format. Every planned dentists trip, holiday or meeting is in their, alongside articles planned in advance and jobs for clients. I need to plan a long time in advance to make sure I don’t take on more than I can handle!
- Book in time off. The most important reason I make lists is so that I can get a day off, sometimes they have to be used to catch up when things go awry, but if I didn’t have it booked in to start with I’d be in bigger trouble. I’m running in catch up mode at the moment but I had booked in buffer time so I won’t be missing deadlines, phew.
If you work from home do you keep lists? What tools do you use?