The Easiest Way To Get Things Done During The Week

January 29, 2018

Thank you Samsung for sponsoring this post!

In the 6 years I’ve been a work from home mom I’ve loved every minute of it. It often feels like you have unlimited time to get everything done because there’s no real start or end time. My dress code is usually a robe with a bonnet, sweats with a loose top and let’s not forget my fuzzy socks. And what is better than being home with your children everyday, raising them, while also making a career or yourself? But can I keep it real with you, working from home does have it’s challenges. Some of the perks can bite you in the butt and it takes a while to figure out how to actually get work done on a schedule that works for your family. I’ve learned a lot, some the hard way, and I’ve got some pretty good suggestions that will help you get everything done in your week.

Plan Your Day

If your mind easily wanders (ever find yourself scrolling through instagram or twitter for at least 30 minutes before snapping back?), giving each day a structure can help you stay on track. There is always so much to do running a business, and optimizing my time is crucial. The Samsung Connect Home mesh Wi-Fi allows me to work from home efficiently by creating a powerful corner to corner Wi-Fi signal throughout my home for a fast, reliable connected network. When my kids aren’t home I work in my home office most of the time, but when my children are home I enjoy spending time with them but I still have to finish my work. The Samsung Connect Home is a Wi-Fi router that optimizes my signal and delivers a strong blanket of coverage across my entire home aka no more dead zones where the signal just drops!

I’ll take my lap top into their bedrooms while they do their homework on the computer.
I’ll take my lap top into the living room while they watch their favorite shows.
I’ll take my lap top into in the kitchen while they have lunch.
I’ll take my lap top into the sun room or back yard while they ride their bikes and scooters.

I can also manage my Wi-Fi and control my Samsung FlexWash and FlexDry washer and dryer machines with the Connect App while working.  Oh, you didn’t think about doing your laundry on a workday did you? Another great convenience of working from home. And how can I control my washer and dryer from my phone? Because the Connect Home also serves as a SmartThings hub, which means it can pair with any number of smart home appliances and products (like a Nest thermostat or my FlexWash and FlexDry duo) by using the Connect App.

Without my Wi-Fi and planning out my day I am potentially doomed to waste time on things that do not need to be addressed in that moment.

Manage Your Time Better

To become the true master of time, you first, have to plan ahead. You need to sit down and schedule when which days are better for you to handle certain tasks. I remember working in an office environment and because I was sitting at my desk most of the day, taking phone calls and being pulled into unscheduled meetings was the norm. That mentality translates horribly when working from home. I have set days that I schedule phone calls because some of my phone meetings can go up to 2 hours – yes, 2 hours. Imagine how this can impede on my work/home life if I take these types of calls any day and any time. I also have set days that I conduct my photo shoots and video recording sessions.

You can use my journal to help you get it all down on paper. Look at a calendar in front of you and plan for your tasks. I also take full advantage of the calendar in my phone along with the reminders app. No matter how much of a multi-tasker you think you are, you cannot do everything in one day. And just working on tasks in any order is not going to help you complete anything.

Next, you need to prioritize wisely. Order your tasks in order of importance and of course, when they are deadlined. You should find that every day of the week has become full, but you will also see how you can get everything done. And trust me, you will have more time for yourself this way too.

Regardless of what your schedule actually looks like the important thing is that you actually have a schedule put in place so that you’re not working all day or spending the whole day on social media and calling that work.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to delegate. You can’t be superwoman all the time. Any true master of time knows the importance of delegation. Whilst, you may feel like you’re better to do it yourself, you need to learn to let go.

Get It Done During The Week

When working form home it’s so easy to work around the clock and never take a break. I would find myself working every single day and never taking a day off. Some days I’d work all day and others just a few hours but I didn’t have a set schedule because I didn’t have to have one. There was no “office” where I had to clock in or clock out. There was my computer, phone, and powerful wifi. But I’ve learned you’ve got to take a day or two or three of four off weekly. I now plan my days off so that I have a set work week. Every week my days off change depending on family plans, work plans, and personal plans. I make sure to get all my work done during the week and then I have time to relax, unwind, spend time with my family and most importantly take care of me.

Know Your “Big Picture” Goal

Having a wider goal is important to help you remember why you’re doing all this. Whether you’re working towards a better work/life balance, being able to spend more time with your loved ones or getting the essential day-to-day things done so you can focus on a side hustle or a passion project, keeping the bigger picture in mind will help motivate you do get the small stuff done ASAP.

The bigger picture for me changes every year as I make new money moves. Initially in 2012 when I started working from home, my bigger picture was to buy a home. I smashed that in 2014.

In 2014, after buying our home, my bigger picture was to pay off our auto loans to keep more money in our pockets so we could take care of home improvements. We smashed that in 2016.

Last year my bigger picture has changed to traveling the world and teaching others how to grow their brands. I’m working hard to keep my business growing to keep my brand partnerships coming so that I can meet this new goal.

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  • Reply Shelley King January 30, 2018 at 11:08 am

    I am a planner! I plan everything. Sometimes a little too much! I have a son with Autism and planning is very important in our life. I make a plan everyday but not sticking to it doesn’t stress me too much. Then again we pretty much do the same thing everyday! Knowing the big picture is the greatest advice.

  • Reply Censie January 30, 2018 at 11:37 am

    I love this post! For me it is making a list for every day. Then checking off the things that I complete. It is such a great way to feel accomplished every day. Also, I make sure I take breaks.

  • Reply Nadalie Bardowell January 30, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    So trueee, working from home doesn’t really have a start or end time but it is entirely up to you to plan your own schedule and stay on track to have everything completed on time. You’re right, once you establish a routine that works best for your schedule there’s no stopping you from getting all your work done.

  • Reply Aitza B January 30, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    There is so much truth in this. I started working from home last year and it was a struggle to set a routine. Once I got into a groove and set hours when I would and wouldn’t do work, things ran smoothly.

  • Reply robin rue February 1, 2018 at 9:57 am

    I am a planner and a list maker. I plan out my entire day and it definitely helps me with time management and staying on track.

  • Reply Jeanette February 1, 2018 at 10:53 am

    It’s funny that you mention that because that’s exactly what I was talking about this morning. I need to focus and get stuff done quicker. I also would like my kiddo to do the same thing so we’re trying to get more organized.

  • Reply Amber Myers February 1, 2018 at 11:21 am

    I am working on managing my time better. I tend to procrastinate or get lost on Facebook. Oops! I know Samsung can help. I am so impressed that you can control stuff in your home via your phone now. I need to try this!

  • Reply candy February 1, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Sounds like you have it good. Being able to work from home and be with your children. Having a laptop to move around is perfect.

  • Reply Gisele February 1, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    These are great suggestions. I work from home but am still trying to get my business off the ground. There are days when I get discouraged and struggle with getting things done so I’m going to take your suggestions. Thank you.

  • Reply Emily February 1, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Planning my day has been huge for me in keeping my productivity going. It is hard to stay on task at times when working from home, but so important.

  • Reply Joely Smith February 1, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    This is a great reminder! Time management is essential and yes I need to stop working ALL week and make at least one day for ME!

  • Reply Jenn @ EngineerMommy February 1, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    I always plan my day. It’s amazing how much more I can get done when I keep track of goals and deadlines. I rely on my calendar throughout the day too!

  • Reply Heather February 1, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    That’s the thing about being your own boss. Its like you almost have to be two people. You almost have to pretend that you have a boss over you expecting you to get what you need to get done on time because you could give yourself way too much slack. These are my struggles too. I keep lots of reminders in my phone, 2 calendars, a planner and a laminated chore chart to keep me on task.

  • Reply Pam February 1, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I need to plan my time better. I get pretty distracted sometimes when I should be getting stuff done.

  • Reply Amanda February 1, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I have found that writing one BIG goal and two smaller goals for each day helps me stay focused and accomplish as much as possible during the day. Thanks for the motivating post.

  • Reply Anosa February 2, 2018 at 1:46 am

    I am a to-do list orientated person and even though I work 9-5 I have opportunities to work from home or on the go. Its been hard trying to manage that plus blogging but I love it. Time management is my friend.

  • Reply Mimi Green February 2, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Managing my time is at the top of my list for 2018. Time blocking works for me but I need to be more obsessive over the process. This way I have more productive days than non-productive.

  • Reply steph parrell February 2, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Love this! My planner has really helped me a lot with my productivity. Love your ideas of keeping the bigger goals in mind while planning!

  • Reply Farrah Less February 2, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    I normally make plans on what I want to accomplish on a weekend. Though sometimes I get frustrated when something came up last minute then I have to adjust my schedule.

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose February 2, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    I should make plans every week so my mind doesn’t go astray and can keep an eye on my goal. Thanks for the helpful tips.

  • Reply Sara Welch February 2, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I have found that waking up early helps me to tackle one day at a time. Sticking to my schedule is invaluable!

  • Reply Lisa Marie Heath February 2, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    I so needed to read this. I’ve found lately I have no plan, and therefore – no direction or true motivation or goals for the day! I’ll definitely keep this in mind

  • Reply 1stopmom February 4, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    I need to look into this Mesh Wifi. We have dead zones and I never thought there was anything I could do about it. I even ended up buying an ethernet adapter so I would have more reliable internet.

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