Last week we discussed my quest for productivity and I challenged you to come back with some tips to share with our readers on how to be more productive working from home. I asked around in my blogging circles, to share how they stay productive working from home. These ladies came through with flying colors for me! In fact I had to turn some away as I had too many for one post!
These 10 women are amazing bloggers who work from home and have offered some great advice for us all! They are all moms who know of the struggles we go through all too well!
Jessi Sanfilippo of Shuggilippo
I structure the different activities I need to accomplish in order of priority (deliverable deadlines, phone calls, responding to emails and sending emails (always do those two in separate blocks of time), meals, free breaks, power cleaning, etc.) and have an extensive alarm system set up on my iPhone depending on each day’s in-office/out-of-office activities.
Some things I know will take 15 minutes, others an hour or 3.
I also have an excel spreadsheet that keeps my upcoming next day to-do’s orderly so I don’t try to overdo it on any given day.
Nicole Howell of NurseMommySuperwoman
I have two young children so my work schedule revolves around their schedule.
I have set times, such as their quiet time and a couple hours after bedtime, that I use to work on my site and business.
To stay focused during my work times I use my phone alarm. I give myself a set amount of time for each task.
For example: fifteen minutes for Pinterest or thirty minutes to edit pictures etc. The timer keeps me on track so I accomplish most of my tasks.
Donna Biroczky of Dangerous Cupcakes
I’ve worked-at-home since the mid ’90s and some days I think I have it nailed; others, not so much!
I use a blogger organizer I created, I have lists all over (one for work tasks, one for biz tasks, one for household tasks) and I keep a Google calendar actively synced to my phone with all my meetings/events, both biz and personal.
I keep paper next to my bed and write lists at all hours, it helps me sleep without worrying about forgetting something.
I work at my day job (at home) 8-5pm but I use my lunch to squeeze in a work-out or run errands and as my husband goes to bed on the early side (9-10pm) as he’s up at 3:30am, I use that time afterwards to write more.
Working from home is a juggling act no matter what!
Amanda Smith of BusyMama911
I stay productive when working at home by limiting distractions. Sometimes that takes a bit of planning.
For example, I make sure everyone is fed and all pressing chores are done. Then I turn off the TV or retreat into a quiet corner and……….GASP………..log out of Facebook until I get my work done!
Limiting distractions helps me to focus and get things done faster, which increases my productivity.
Elaine Griffin of Elaine Griffin Designs
I get up at 3:00 am most mornings so I can get a decent amount of my work done before the kids get up.
I spend the first hour or so, on social media, planning posts, sharing, checking email, etc., and then I get a good three solid hours of work time in.
Then when I do have the kids here, I don’t feel like if I take breaks I will fall behind.
Kathleen Clegg of Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Do all of your social media work at the same time each day in blocks. Don’t stay tied to your computer all day long.
Be organized. If you’re writing a blog post, have all your photos edited first, then write up your post.
If you’re working on a craft or recipe, gather all your items at the beginning of the project instead of as you need them.
Nicole Elliott of Wyoming Girl Coastie Wife
Set a schedule and stick to it. With 4 jobs and 2 kids I have to make sure every minute of my day is scheduled out in advance.
Be smart about it though and build in free time and down time and time for those little things that eat up minutes each day that you don’t plan on!
After a few weeks if you discover you haven’t been able to keep to your schedule at all it’s time to step back and re-evaluate! Doing this might even surprise you just how much time you’re sinking into your work that you didn’t realize!
Try, if at all possible, to keep work time for work and play for play.
If you’re a blogger, writer, or have anything to do with social media in your job it’s so easy to blur the lines. You log onto Facebook to check a few messages and spend 15 minutes reading your friend’s dumb survey results.
If you’re working on a page only a great trick is to login as the page admin on Facebook instead of your personal profile, that way you won’t be distracted by your personal notifications and newsfeed.
Anne Newsome of The Saturday Evening Pot
Work away from your phone if needed and close out all your social media tabs to eliminate distractions.
Lisa Cash Hanson of Mompreneur Mogul and SnuggWugg
When you have so many things vying for your attention it can get overwhelming, whether your blog, social media posts, business, etc; Lists are great but I segment mine.
Take the most important things that HAVE to get done and add those at the top. Work through that list and at the end of your day when they are finished you’ll feel very productive.
I find that with the distractions that naturally come from working at home, a list is great for keeping me on task.
Maureen Fitzgerald of Blogger Success Tips
My productivity tip is to batch your tasks – as in do similar tasks all together.
Need to take product photos? Do all of them for the week at once.
Need to film videos? Do them all in one sitting – just change your top for each one. Plus then you only have to do your hair and makeup once!
Now that you have all these fabulous tips what will you do next? For starters make sure you sign up to be one of the first to try GoBoxi and get your email inbox back in order again! They are set to launch very soon!
Now it’s YOUR turn! Share below in the comments how YOU stay productive and save time for what matters!
*Disclaimer: I have been compensated for my time by GoBoxi however all opinions are my own.