When I first started working at home, I noticed I probably sat in front of the computer more than 40 hours a week. That is not good. But, it’s so easy to do. So, what’s the benefit of working at home if you don’t have the spare time to enjoy it? Here are 5 tips to achieve the 20 hour work week:
- Create smaller but bigger contracts and packages: When putting together work contracts with clients, make sure you only include work that you are good at, package it detailing the value of what will be achieved and not the tasks of what needs to be achieved. If you can sell a $500/month package and the workload only takes you 5-10 hours to complete, the value of your hourly income allows you to afford to work fewer hours. This is why I don’t recommend billing hourly for anything if you can help it.
- Block time for work: If ever I feel that I’m spending more and more time on the computer but am not as productive as I should be, I’ll block time for various tasks. Then, I’ll actually block time off and away from the computer, to make sure I don’t slip back into my home office. I use Google calendar and simply calendar my hours in. It’s a great way to hold myself accountable to dedicate the time to work that I need and to dedicate time to myself that I often will neglect.
- Outsource: I mentioned in a previous post that if there’s demand for something that you aren’t that familiar with, you can sell the service but outsource the work. After all, this is when you start becoming your own boss and your business doesn’t own you. If you are able to outsource or hire an employee to do any of your workload, that means you can pick up more clients and delegate more work. Why not right? Just make sure who you pick up is just as dedicated to doing as good a job as you are.
- Schedule priorities: I love Covey’s quadrant methodology. Make sure your priorities are actually listed and you know what they are. Give everything a deadline and make it visual. You will limit the risk of putting yourself in a position where you may have to work a 12 hour day catching up or rushing to complete a project by a deadline.
- Making Personal Life Important: Taking the Covey approach, make your personal life Urgent and Important. After all, this is why you do this right? So, give it just as much urgency and importance as you would a client deadline.