We are all busy people. Sometimes it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all that needs to be accomplished.
This is especially true if you’re self-employed and work from home. So many different things are vying for your attention that sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.
Here are seven tips to help you get those most important things done.
1• Develop regular work habits by making a schedule and keeping it.
Habits are powerful influences for good or for evil. Cultivating good habits can make all the difference between success and the poor house. And once you have a daily and weekly schedule, you can know exactly where your time is going to be spent.
2• Make ToDo lists.
If you have a written list of things you need to accomplish, then you’re much more apt to get done what you need to do. Don’t clutter your brain by trying to remember everything. Plus, checking things off your list will make you feel great and motivate you to keep going!
3• Break big projects into manageable tasks.
Getting a few small jobs done can go a long way toward getting a big job finished. How do you eat that elephant? One bite at a time!
4• Use a timer.
A timer can help you keep better track of your time and help keep you focused.
5• Plan for breaks throughout your day.
Work 50 minutes, then get up and do something else for 10 minutes to give your mind and body a break. Drink some water. Get some fresh air. Walk around the block.
6• Create a good work environment.
Have lots of natural light if you can. Close your door to shut out noise and turn off your phone, if possible. Don’t check your email or Facebook every half hour. You need to be able to concentrate on what needs to be done.
7• Remember to look at the big picture.
Remind yourself why you are doing this in the first place. Don’t get so obsessed with the trees that you forget to see the beauty of the forest. Keep photos of your family, motivational sayings, or whatever else inspires you, where you can see them.
What is your motivation?