Four Ways to Free up Time

by Ron P on March 6, 2011

in Time Management, Work From Home


Thought you would have more time when you started working from home?   When was the last time you said, “I just don’t have time to do what I need to do”?  When working from home or outside the home, we can easily fall into the trap of the to-do list that never gets completed. 

What is the problem?  I have come up with some tips to help you free up valuable minutes or maybe even hours to enjoy some time with that beautiful family that needs you.  Pay close attention, we going to free up some time.

1. Plan Your Day

Sit down the day before or before you start your day and make a manageable to-do list.  Don’t add things you know you aren’t going to complete.  Check off the task as you complete them.  Give yourself a small reward when the task is complete.  For things you have to do outside the house, map out your errands and make the least amount of trips possible.

 2. Do one task at a time

Avoid the multitasking thing.  Yeah I know it sounds good and it seems to make you more valuable when you multi-task, but recent research show that less is accomplished by trying to do more.  Purchase a timer and give yourself a set amount of time to finish one task.  It works.  It’s amazing what can be done with just spending 20 minutes on one task.

 3. Get yourself organized

How much time would you free up if you were just organized?  How much time did you spend looking for that one document in your computer?  How much time do you spend looking those keys when you have to leave the house?  Get everything in place and your task will get completed in record time.

4. Add more to your life

I’m sure saying, “How can I add more to my life?  I don’t have any available time now”.  I recently went to a conference at my son’s school.  The teacher asked me to volunteer for an all day field trip because my son had told her I work from home.  At first I thought, I can’t really give up a whole day, but I did it because one of the reasons I work from home is to give my kids those moments.  It turned out to be the best day of the year so far, my son was on a high and seeing them kids have a great time made it all worth the trip

We have heard the saying – Time is Money.  Well time is also those precious moments we need to spend with our families and friends.  Don’t let that business or job steal those moments.  Study how you can get more time into your life to enjoy those simple things.

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