April 30, 2014 | Vol.54 N.18

Organize Your Home "Office Day" the Easy Way

As a professional organizer and business owner, I do a lot of work from my home: writing classes, blogs, twitter, client notes…

I even have writing a book on my list of dreams & goals! It’s a luxury to work at home, but it can also be a double edged sword. It can be easy to get distracted by a full dishwasher waiting to be unloaded, a dryer full of towels that really should be folded, phone calls, emails, texts and so on. I have to be careful to go at my day in an organized way to keep from being scattered and working randomly. So what do I do that can help you too?

Get up early. Sure enough, if I stay in bed too long, that throws off the whole morning.

To get up early, I have go to bed at a good hour to get a good night’s sleep.

I write a master list of the most important tasks I need to get done that week. I look ahead in my calendar to see what’s coming up so I don’t miss anything I need to prep for like an upcoming talk. I don’t want any surprises!

I then use a separate piece of paper to write down the tasks that I want to perform TODAY from my master list.

I schedule those tasks by putting them in order and assigning them a timeframe for completion. For example: “Write 3 blogs from 9-10 am.” This provides a flow to the day and allows me to see if I am being realistic about what I can get done in a day.

I strive to work on my most pressing projects first which includes projects that affect my bottom line.

Organize your home office day and enjoy a more productive and profitable business!

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