If you are a home based entrepreneur, you will need to have an operations guide to help you to function more efficiently and productively.
As a home based entrepreneur, you will need to prioritize your time and plan it accordingly in order to be productive. You will need to be organized in the planning of your day, as well as having a good filing system. Your office needs to be uncluttered and well planned so that you don’t have to waste too much time looking for things.
A suitable space in your home needs to be allocated for work purposes. This should be a well lit area with a spacious desk that you can fit your computer onto as well as have space to work and write. A filing system is also a necessity and this will need to be kept up to date in order to remain highly organized.
Each day before you finish off, you need to write a list of items that you will need to complete the following day. Arrange these items in order of priority and complete the most important tasks first. Systematically work through your list until you have completed all the to do items. Check that everything has been done before you leave your work for the day, and if there was something that wasn’t done, make sure you remember to transfer it over to the next day.
Make sure that you set yourself working hours that are realistic. When you work for yourself, it is easy to get into the habit of working late into the night. You will need to actually schedule time for relaxation, family and keeping yourself fit. Even just fitting in a half hour of exercise a day is something that you should make an effort to get done.
Email is another time swiper that many home based entrepreneurs get stuck on. Allocate no more than twenty minutes a day to this task, or you will find you can easily spend hours wasting time reading unnecessary emails and socializing online instead of being productive. Deal with each email that you open by either deleting it, filing it or answering it.
Every hour, try to give yourself permission to have a couple of minutes to rest your brain, stretch your body and rest for a minute or two. You will then return to your work far more productive than before.