Did you start a business or are you freelancing? Congratulations for being in control of your time. Now just make sure you use that time effectively.
When you run your own business or work from home, you have to find ways to stay motivated and get work done. That’s just part of the game. Even if you are still employed, wouldn’t it be nice to be more productive? Below, I have summarized some of the time management techniques that work well for me and have helped me be more efficient than ever before. I’ve found that these methods work best if you have some control over your workday and are able to reduce the number of distractions and meetings.
3 Ways to Optimize Your Workday
The modified Pomodoro Technique – I experimented with doing work intervals and stumbled on my own version of the Pomodoro Technique. In a nutshell, if you follow the original approach to the letter, you pick a task, work on it for 25 minutes, and then take a 5-minute break. I’ve found that I really get into my work flow if I work for stretches of 50 minutes and then take a 10-minute break. During the break I get away from the computer and physically move around. This works best if you are either working by yourself, or are in place where you are not constantly being interrupted. To keep track of how long I work, I use the alarm on my phone.
Focus on one task at a time – For years now I track my time using a free website called SlimTimer.com. You can specify which task you intend to work on and once you click on that item, the timer starts. Just performing this action puts me in the mindset to work. The timer forces me to be productive because I know that the clock is ticking. Another benefit of using SlimTimer, is that it has reporting functionality so you can see how you spent your time.
Break up your day –I’ve found that for me to get maximum efficiency, it helps to split my day into bursts of work. For example, I start my day workday usually between 7 and 9 AM, work for three to four sprints of 50 minutes of work with 10 minutes for a break. After lunch I do another series of work sprints for three or four hours. If I feel really ambitious, I then take a break around dinnertime and do a few work sprints afterwards. This way I am constantly productive and refreshed throughout the day.
I hope that some of these productivity approaches will be helpful to you. I’m constantly looking for ways to improve them. S0, if you have any suggestions or different approaches that have worked for you, please share them in the comments section below.