It’s very difficult to stay organised when you work from home; it doesn’t happen only to you, it’s a common occurrence to us all.
I try to stay on top of my game so that I don’t feel overwhelmed, but even so, I always manage to have a week or two in the month where I’m so lost and end up leaving things for the last minute. This is not fun at all, as then, I have panic attacks and just want to hide and cry.
I’m sure you don’t want to feel the same way, so finding a method that works for you is important. Find something that motivates you or, at the bare minimum, keeps you on track.
For me, that’s hour-blocks schedules.
I plan my days by the hour. No matter if it’s a smaller task of bigger one, I prefer to give myself an hour for each one. This will help me if I take a little longer on something and my next task is one that will take me 20 or 30 minutes.
I never plan on writing this one email to one person. I always plan as in “answer and send emails” or “prepare lessons” – it’s not just one individual task/action but a couple or several of them that are all in the same topic/subject.
By creating hour-blocks schedules, you’re giving yourself something to focus on during the day and because sometimes you’ll finish a task really early, you get to enjoy 30 or 40 minutes of break time. (I don’t recommend doing this always, but it feels nice sometimes!) On the other hand, I also like to get onto my next task and finish earlier in the morning or evening. Having a couple of hours left in the day with nothing to do is the best feeling ever and you’ll still feel productive because indeed, you worked hard and you deserve that glass of wine now!
How do you plan your schedule? What tips and tricks do you have that you can share with us?