Get More Productivity In Your Home Business Part 2

Time FreedomOn yesterday’s post we shared the first five of ten focal areas to master in order to maximize the usage of time in your home business and create the time freedom that you desire.

Today we give you the remaining five. If you make these 10 principles a part of your daily planning, you are bound to see the positive effects both in the quality of your life and your bank balance.

6. Make Deadlines Firm But Adequate
due dateSet deadlines for yourself as a home business owner. The absence of a deadline eliminates the motivation to do a task and places the task at the bottom of the pile of things to do. Be dependable to your customers and business partners by meeting agreed deadlines. Set deadlines for a specific date and time as opposed to a time period. For example “due on June 18 by 12:00 noon” is better than “in about two weeks time”. Make your deadlines adequate, not too tight. Build in a few extra days for the unexpected delays, last minute changes and a crisis in the home or on another project.

7. Protect and Value Your Time
Productive people do not waste time. They guard their time jealously. Get right to the point when talking to people. You risk coming off as abrupt to some people but understand that you cannot afford to everyone all the time they want. Choose who you spend time with. Be decisive. Say what needs to be said, do what needs to be done and move on.Value Your Time

Know the value of your hourly rate, commit it to memory and use it to weigh the effort required for specific activities and the return they will produce against the cost of your time. Weigh your options and always use your time wisely.

8. Stay Focused
One of the habits of successful people is to apply themselves to the task at hand. Work until the task is done. Concentrate on one thing at a time. Avoid going in many different directions. Do not be a talker. Be an actor, a doer. Have a vision and focus your activities to achieve that vision.

9. Set A Production Goal
Steinway makes 800 pianos in its German plant every year. An individual who truly wants to be productive sets a production goal, meets it and keeps going until they can do no more. The renowned author Joe Lansdale says he never misses his goal of writing three pages a day, five days a week. When people are employees, they will pitch up for work whether they feel like it or not. It surprises me that when the same person starts a home business they start accommodating “not being in the mood or feeling like it.”

10. Enjoy What You Do
Love what you doA Scottish proverb says “Be happy while you are living; for you’re a long time dead.” When you enjoy your work it ceases to be work in the typical sense. It becomes your passion. The vocation that you choose must be something that you love to do.

You will not love every project equally of course, but try to balance “must-do” mandatory tasks with things that are more fun for you. Remember we are not talking about you doing a hobby but we are talking business. So train yourself to enjoy what you do by changing your attitude. Attitude can be a trap or it can be freedom. Take your pick. Keep interested in the career path that you have chosen of working from home. It is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

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Get More Productivity In Your Home Business Part 1

Schedule ClockWhen you become a home business owner managing your time becomes that much more important as you now are your own boss and the boundaries between work and personal life can be blurred.

Mastering the art of working faster to produce desired results will introduce efficiency into your home business routine and release more time for you to engage in leisure activities such as reading a favourite magazine, hiking, or play with your toddler.

Here are the first five of ten ideas that can increase your personal productivity and give you the time freedom that characterizes the lifestyle of a home business owner.

  1. Master Your Home Business PC

downloadYou do not have to be a technology geek for you to have a well equipped and organized PC. Use a modern PC with the latest software installed. At the very least have the latest version of Microsoft Office and broaden your software packages in accordance with the specialized work that you do.

Constantly upgrade your desktop to eliminate computer processes that slow downloads of files or web pages. The internet is an indispensable tool for a home business. Get the fastest internet access you can such as an ADSL connection.

  1. Do Not Be A Perfectionist

Be a careful worker who produces excellent work but do not be a perfectionist. Customers do not have the budget for perfection. This does not mean that you be negligent or give less than your best. It means once it is done to the best of your ability deliver the work to your client or customer. Create it, check it and let it go. There comes a point in the production cycle when extra effort is not worth it. If you aim for 100% perfection you will not be profitably productive. A consistent 90-98% quality range will maximize both customer satisfaction and return of investment.

  1. Be A Good Copy Cat

Copy CatMany an entrepreneur has brought ruin upon themselves by wanting to always be an innovator. Be creative but do not place yourself under the pressure of being the first one to ever do things. Do not reinvent the wheel when there is a blueprint that you can follow and still make your customers happy. Most successful home business solutions are just common sense packaged to meet a specific need. Your best is enough without the pressure of your work being different or better than what others have done before.

  1. Inject Variety Into Your Project Schedule

As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life. Arrange your daily home business schedule so you switch from one assignment to another at least once or twice each day. Keep your mind fresh and allow yourself to explore new areas, markets, industries and disciplines outside your area of expertise. About 70-90% of what you do at any time must be familiar tasks within your area of expertise, while 10-30% should be in areas, markets, industries and disciplines outside your current skill base. Allow room for imagination inside your work schedule.

  1. Work Only on Concrete Orders

Before proceeding with a project, make sure it has an existing buyer or customer. Do not waste time working on projects that you think customers might want. Obtain letters of agreement, contracts and purchase orders before proceeding with production. To create a new product line, be guided by results of a sound market survey, not what you think the market wants.

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A Starting Point to Effective Time Management: Track the Time Wasters!

It’s a brand new and hectic morning as always. The children get up, somehow you get them to school on time, you get back home and clean the house, put in a few hours in the office, lunch time, drive the kids to their various extramural activities, dinner, prayers and you fall into bed exhausted!

Another day is gone but there is very little to show for it in terms of productivity for your home business. Now you wonder if you bit more than you could chew by deciding to work from home. Somehow the day just zooms by and at the need of each one you wish there was a way of extending it so that you could accomplish more on the business front.

Time utilization is effective only if you accomplish positive outputs in the critical areas that contribute to the goals you have set for yourself. It is important to keep in mind what your primary reasons for working from home were. Obviously your goals will reflect that and your daily deliverables should feed into those key result areas. Anything short of that is not helping you get to where you want to be.

The best starting point in managing your time effectively is to check what it is that you are doing on a daily basis at the moment. Track your activities, evaluate them and eliminate the time wasters. It is ideal that you create an activity schedule but studying your time utilization patterns even before you put up the schedule will help you establish what negative habits you have developed over the past and work to change those as you schedule.

Below are suggestions as to how you can do the activity tracking and adjustments. It begins with a four letter word KEEN:

Keep an Activity Log
For the next week, keep a minute-by-minute log of the things that you do on each day. Write down exactly what you will be doing and how many minutes that activity took out of your day. Be painfully exact! We really want you to know where your time is going!

Evaluate Every Activity
At the end of the week, list all the activities that you have done. Study each one carefully. In terms of priority, is it high or low? To what extent does it contribute to your set goals? NOTE: Some family oriented activities such as taking the kids to school etc. may not necessarily contribute directly to your career and business goals but they are still high priority, so give them a high score of 5 just like your core business activities. Activities like reading spam emails on your computer or doodling on facebook should get a low priority of 1. Do not get me wrong, not all internet activities are negative or bad for your business so be specific and identify the valuable activities you do on the web. We shall discuss this in detail in another article.

Eliminate the Time Wasters
Add up all the activities rated 2 and below. Eliminate the time wasters by being more organized and scheduling properly. Ladies will id here: if you spent nearly 30minutes in the week looking for your purse or the keys it’s time to reorganize. Have a specific place by the door or on a shelf where your purse and the keys go so you always know where they are. Generally if you find that you have a habit of throwing things without due care after using them; it’s time you consciously dealt with that weakness of character. You spent more than 10hours a week on the computer: Cut down on the goofing aspects of it and focus on productive effort. Come on! You know it when you are goofing, so don’t make excuses!

Nurture and Utilize the New-Found Time
Redistribute the time that you have recouped and use it for more effective or productive activities. Repeat the exercise as often as you see your key results delivery going down or when you need to boost your productivity capacity.

I am interested to know what activities you consider to be time wasters that a lot of people have come to consider as important. Please leave a comment.