I currently work 3 part-time jobs. I am a Mary Kay beauty consultant, an in-home Special Instructor (working with children birth-3 with developmental delays), and I am now making my blog into my third part-time job!
When I first made this transition, I was like a fish out of water. Seriously. My mind was in a million different places at once, I would work on “everything and nothing” during a day. By the time my husband got home, I hadn’t showered, exercised, or really felt like I had gotten anything actually finished. But I had been working all day!
After a few weeks of this, I realized that I needed more structure. My classroom ran on a strict schedule, and I knew that I needed to make myself a schedule so I could actually accomplish tasks throughout my day. My friends may have laughed at me when I told them that I made a color-coded schedule for myself, but it worked.
I have had to re-work and change my schedule about 3945283 times since I originally made it a few months ago, but here’s what it looks like right now:
**not scheduled: Mary Kay parties/facials. I use the “unscheduled” times to leave open as options for women to schedule skin care classes/facials with me!**
For me, this schedule is not overwhelming. It is actually incredibly freeing, because I am now able to be intentional about how I spend my time every day. I am able to schedule in the tasks that are important for my businesses, but also for my life and my family.
The only reason this works is because I have:
Made it personal
Thought it through
I also have to work hard at using my time wisely, and being flexible. That’s the only way this works! I’ve broken everything down to show you how to make your own schedule:
Think it through
Plan out how much time you want to designate to your different jobs/responsibilities before you try to work out a schedule. I also put in my other priorities – like how many times I want to exercise per week, and time for meal planning/food shopping. I struggle with cleaning, but I know it’s important to my very clean hubby, so I worked on adding a little bit of time in my schedule for cleaning as well. I also am really working at being consistent about times I wake up and go to sleep.
Just jot these things down on a piece of paper like this:
Make it personal
Everyone has different priorities – and that’s OK! It’s important for me to make a home-cooked dinner every night, go to bed at a certain time every day, and try to build exercise into my daily routine. But your priorities are likely different than mine! Maybe you need to schedule time for financial planning, kids’ schedules, volunteering, manicures time, Bible study time at church, etc. This will only work if you can make it work with what’s most important in your life.
Use your time wisely
In this world of technology, it’s so easy to get distracted. Hello, Pinterest? It’s important to make the most of the time you’re scheduled to work, so you can have all of that extra time to spend with your family or work on your hobbies. So if you can, work on getting certain tasks done before you get onto Facebook or Pinterest. Reward yourself with time for all of that when you finish your work early.
Something that also helps to maximize your time is called “batching”. I had never heard about that term until my Mary Kay director explained it to me, but it’s exactly how I’ve found you need to work to fully use your time wisely. Batching means that you do similar activities at the same time. So, I save all of my follow-up phone calls for a specific hour every week, instead of doing one a day. It helps to get “in the zone” and it really helps you be most efficient with your time.
I make lists in my planner that coincide with the blocks I have scheduled for that day. Example – if I have to work on a blog project, I’ll write down a shopping list, and attach it with a paper clip to the day that I will work on my next blog project. Then I’ll know I have to go shopping for materials that day, and then I can actually work on the project once I’m done with the shopping. I cross off what I get accomplished, so I can transfer anything that didn’t get accomplished to the top of my list for the next time I work on that activity. Here’s an example of what one of my weeks looks like:
This is really important when you’re setting up your schedule. If you haven’t exercised a day in your life, don’t schedule exercising in for 5 times a week! Don’t plan on going to bed at 9:00 if you can’t currently get in bed before midnight right now. It’s OK to work on making improvements on certain areas of your life, but take it in moderation. If you do that, you’re much more likely to stick with it than if you make so many big changes all at once.
This is the beauty of working from home and making your own schedule. You need to be OK with letting life happen! Schedule doctors appointments, coffee with friends, hair appointments, etc., without getting bent out of shape. If you want, you can keep track of what you miss with these appointments, and find ways to work that into your schedule in the next few days or weeks.
It’s also good to keep revising your schedule. Keep track of the times that just aren’t working during your schedule. Figure out if you need to add or take away time in your schedule for certain activities. I purposefully keep my schedule on my desktop to reference daily – but I don’t print it out. I think I must change it at least once a week!
Do you currently work from home? I’d love to hear about how you organize and schedule your time! Do you think this system might work for you?
Would you like more information about HOW to work from home? Leave questions in the comments, or e-mail me!
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