Establishing A Schedule

Establishing A Schedule

One of the hardest things about working at home is keeping the time you have separate for business, home, and personal needs. If you don’t separate your time you may find that you are overwhelmed and running around with your head cut off.

One thing that I do to help avoid feeling this way is setting strict boundaries for when I can do certain things. For example, I allow the first hour of my morning to be for getting things started in my house. This involves getting a load of clothes started, breakfast ready, and assigning task items to work on the day. Once that hour is up, it is time to get straight to work. When working, I schedule a 5-10 minute break every hour or two. During this quick break I allow myself time to grab a snack, switch over the laundry, or doing something quick that needs to be done. After that it is straight back to work until lunch time. During this time, I will get my lunch ready and do one or two quick chores around the house. Following lunch, I will do the same as in the morning, get back to work with a few scheduled breaks. This lasts until a set time (5 o’clock for me). After 5 it is no more work. Just time to finish up housework and get dinner started. Once dinner is over then the personal time begins.

By following a schedule as I described, I allow myself set times to accomplish everything for work and home as well as ensuring I get my much needed ‘me’ time.