Business, Productivity

Working From Home, No. 4.

Tip No. 4

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I love listening to books on Audible. Last year I had a goal of reading 52 books in 52 weeks and Audible helped me get really close to completing that goal! Going back to school put a damper on those plans.

One of the 52 books that I listened through was Laura Vanderkam’s book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. After listening through that book, I realized how much time that I was wasting and that I really don’t have the ‘I don’t have time’ excuse if I really want to get something done.

Let’s do a little math. Everyone in the world has 168 hours to work with every week. No one can buy or sell time. If you spend 8 hours a day sleeping that’s 56 hours. If you work full time, that’s 40 hours. You still have 72 hours left in your week. That’s more than a full time job left! We truly do have more time than we think we do.

Granted, there are plenty of things that take up those 72 hours, but after listening through her book, I could see how people who make a plan for those 168 hours live purposeful and intentional lives.

Working from home is no exception. Whether you have 5 hours a week to work on your business or 50 hours a week, you still have to have a plan for those hours and know what you have to accomplish during that time frame. I’ve had those days where I have great intentional on getting my to do list together and knocking out a few tasks, but then 5 pm rolls around and I am wondering what I have to show for the day.

My main tip today is for you to Make A Plan and stick with it! I have three practical points to share that I have done and that have helped me with this and have thrown my productivity through the roof.

  1. Make a Sunday Basket. I found Lisa Woodruff’s blog three years ago when I was looking for a podcast on starting a business from home. Her Organize 365 Podcast is one of my absolute favorites! She recently took her Sunday Basket business to the next level and created an entire podcast on how to sort through the paper and create actionable tasks each week on Sunday. Each week that I follow through the system, I’m often going to back to see what else I can do after I’ve check everything off my to-do list. You can click the link here to find out more.
  2. Create a to do list the night before. I use these really fun colorful lined sticky notes or my planner and write out my list the night before of all the things that I want to accomplish the next day. When I wake up knowing exactly what I need to accomplish that day it’s a lot easier to get motivated and going on the tasks for the day.
  3. Turn off my phone. Yes, you read that right. If I can turn off my phone and leave it in the other room, I have fewer distractions in the form of calls, texts, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook notifications all coming in and breaking my focus. I’ll admit, as a millennial, this feels weird at first to be disconnected, but I am always more productive the days that I do this.

How are your planning skills? I highly recommend listening through Laura’s book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think and listening through Lisa’s Sunday Basket podcast.

Do you have other ways that help you make a plan and stick with it during the week? Let me know in the comments!

Also, if you’ve enjoyed this series, be sure to follow me on social media! I’m @dac_balance_llc on Instagram and DAC Balance, LLC on Facebook. I would love to connect with you there when we’re not crushing the plan that we made 🙂

-Lydia

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