Six Ways to Gain Control of Your Day Working From Home

12 hours in 90s

12 hours in 90s (Photo credit: Astro Guy)

Working from home is great. Really. But it’s not quite the efficiency fantasy you think it will be, tackling work intermittently from the office and home. You imagine sitting on conference calls wearing your PJs, doing laundry in between conference calls, taking time out from writing reports to water plants, blogging while watching Ellen.

More often, your day looks like this: it’s 5:00 p.m. and you’re still in your pajamas, you haven’t had time to eat all day because you can’t get that email list extracted from the CRM in order to send out that email blast, research took more time than you expected and you’re going to miss your deadline, family members keep calling assuming you can talk–your boss isn’t standing over your shoulder after all–and kids, pets, name-your-distraction pull focus. And I haven’t even addressed Twitter and Facebook.

Your day just ran you, and you feel pretty helpless, lost in the to-dos. And just think: it’s even harder when you have to get 40 billable hours per week in. Continue reading