At the moment, many people are either choosing, or are forced, to work from home.
Although this has its benefits, and can seem like a dream come true for some people, it can also have its pitfalls.
When working from home, it can be VERY easy to get distracted, and therefore become less productive.
Distractions are all around at home and there is no boss nearby to keep people on track.
In this article, we will look at the importance of creating a daily task list.
The Importance Of A Task List
As a Lone Wolf Entrepreneur, although this applies to anyone working from home, a daily task list can make sure you maximize your productiveness every day.
Working at home, it is extremely easy to get distracted.
No one is there to stop you watching a YouTube video, finding yourself being lead down the “suggestions rabbit hole” and discovering two hours of your day have disappeared.
Perhaps you get a text or a phone call from a friend or family member.
Another hour could evaporate very easily.
The fridge is mere footsteps away and you find yourself drowsy on the couch after a “quick snack” turned into a full meal.
Perhaps you set out with the intention of achieving this or that amount of work, but little by little, distractions stole time from you and you find yourself having a less than optimum day.
But, I method I suggest is to create a step by step task list, with allotted time frames for each task, every night before bed.
It is a simple and very effective method to maximize your time each day.
At the end of each day, you see how much of your list you achieved, and if there is a shortfall, then look at what distracted you.
Of course, if there was a family emergency or some other justifiable distraction, that’s one thing.
But, if you look at your shortfall and realize that you wasted several hours over the course of the day texting or scrolling through friend’s social media feeds…
This needs to be addressed.
How To Set A Daily Task List
Setting a daily task list is extremely simple.
Take a piece of paper and note down what you want to achieve the following day and how much time you have available.
Put the tasks in order of priority and then allocate a reasonable amount of time to each one.
Do not be unrealistic with your time frames.
If something is a lengthy task, then allocate enough time to complete it in a satisfactory manner.
Do not set time frames that will cause you to rush in order to beat the clock.
But, on the other hand, do not give yourself an hour to complete a twenty-minute task.
I will use a Lone Wolf Entrepreneur running a blog from home as an example.
Check emails = 10 – 15 minutes
*Simply skim over the account and see if there are any important business emails that need replies.
Check social media = 10 -15 minutes
*Check all social media accounts and answer any business questions or comments.
Research post = 30 – 45 minutes
*Gather and check information related to today’s planned post topic.
Create post = 60 – 90 minutes
*Write the actual informational content of the post.
Find stock pictures = 10 -15 minutes
*Visit stock picture site to choose and download relevant pictures for blog post
Edit post = 10 – 15 minutes
*Insert pictures, check for spelling mistakes, and post finished article to blog.
Create social media posts = 30 – 45 minutes
*Create any imagery and add text then post to media accounts.
Check social media = 10 – 15 minutes
Check for any further important questions etc not present earlier.
Create and send out newsletter = 30 – 45 minutes
Create newsletter content and send out to list.
Check emails = 10 – 15 minutes
Check for any important emails not present earlier and address any outstanding non-priority emails from earlier.
That is a total of 3 hours 30 minutes work (210 minutes) on the low estimate and 5 hours 15 minutes (315 minutes) on the high estimate.
Easily achievable in a day with plenty of time to spare to do more work.
How many work at home people do you know that would fail to complete that in a full 8 hour day due to distractions?
Quite a few!
Rest assured, there are plenty of people out there who could easily turn that into an 8 hour day and still not finish it all.
Working From Home Takes Self Discipline And Self Accountability
In order to effectively work from home, you have to be able to keep yourself in line and achieve the results you are capable of.
You do not have a boss standing over you or co-workers to keep you accountable.
It’s all on you.
If you do not work, it does not get done.
Simple as that.
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