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Improve Your Time-Management Skills When Working Remotely – 7 Tips

Working from home might keep you productive but it also comes with its own distractions. If you’re finding yourself working late or on the weekend because you’ve been slacking on your time management lately, you may need to set up a routine to help you stay efficient and focused during the work week. We have seven tips to help you improve your time management skills and get you back on track to a successful WFH schedule

Proper time management means you perfected the art of efficiency and focus and are productive – ignoring everything else around you that may cause your focus to be elsewhere. Simple distractions like laundry, social media pings and phone calls should be taken care of prior to (or after) your workday to help you pay attention to your projects during work hours. 

7 Tips to Help Improve Time Management Skills 

Follow along for helpful tips that will keep you focused and free from distractions. 

Tip #1: Create a routine 

Having a good routine is a game changer when it comes to prioritizing and managing all your tasks. Instead of rolling out of bed and grabbing your laptop, create a routine where you set an alarm, drink your coffee, have your breakfast and get ready for the day so you can get unwanted distractions out of the way before you’re at your desk.  

Tip #2: Avoid personal distractions 

Take care of all your personal messages and phone calls before your workday. Put your phone on “do not disturb” so you don’t get tempted by notifications that come up during the day. Additionally, distractions could also include unfolded laundry, clean dishes to put away, and other household chores. Try to remove the habit of doing these during the workday and have a designated time every week to take care of these things. 

Tip #3: Keep a priority list 

A to-do list is a must to make sure you are on track with your projects and goals. Design your list according to priority so you can finish the most important tasks first and then work your way down to the others. Keep it manageable and try not to spread yourself too thin. This is why you need to focus on prioritizing your day so you don’t get overwhelmed. Always aim to give yourself enough time to work on the tasks at hand. 

Tip #4: Identify peak focus time 

Everybody has a unique way of working – some work best in the mornings, while some get their creative spark in the afternoon. Identifying what working hours are your strengths will help you be the most productive. For the other hours of your day, you can focus on meetings, emails and other work that may require less focus.  

Tip #5: Have a defined “office” space 

If you work from your bed, chances are you may end up taking an unwanted nap or find yourself distracted by the TV. If possible, create a designated area for you to work in. When you are in that workspace, it will” “resignal your brain that it’s time to work and stay focused. By being consistent with “going to work” in your designated space, you will start to feel more productive and be more focused during the day. 

Tip #6: Set boundaries 

Setting the right boundaries means unplugging when you are done with the workday. Your friends and family are important and so is your mental health. Switch off and do something you love or make some plans outside of work. Additionally, take that vacation and use your sick days to care of yourself. Your manager is here to support you so be transparent with them and have an open dialogue so you are able to manage your schedule accordingly. 

Tip #7: Schedule breaks 

Just as you would if you were going into the office, take a lunch break and eat a healthy lunch. Make sure to also take short breaks if you need to step away from the screen or need a midday walk to refresh.

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