Organize Your Home Office

Oct 9 08:12 2008 James Schramko Print This Article

Working from home efficiently relies on being organized and taking the right advice from people who do it successfully.

The work from home experts will all agree that being organized is the key to staying on track with your workload. They may have different approaches,Guest Posting but here is a method I use.

Hanging on my wall is a large dry erase marker whiteboard that is overlaid with a calendar grid. You can buy one of these at any office supply store. When I take on a jew project, I note down the key dates.

For example, if I have a job writing twenty web-content articles about cars that is due in two weeks, then I will write, "Cars - First Ten" on the square for a week from now, and "Cars - Finished" on the square for two weeks from now.

As you are working on the internet and just about all of the details of your work will be stored on your computer, its not necessary to go into detail on your calendar, simply note reminders of the important deadlines.

I used to use a standard paper calendar, but I found that the boxes were too small if I had a lot of projects going at once, plus, when you erase a square after completing that task, it gives you a definitive measure of progress.

Physically displaying your progress can be a great way of motivating youreself, and it is so easy to do. I also keep a running tally of my earnings in the upper corner of the board. Whenever you get frustrated or bored with the work, just look at that number and think about how great your vacation is going to be this year, or whatever your motivation is.

Pick Your Method

It doesn't really matter what method you use in order to keep yourself organized. Some people use calendar programs on their computer, others simply write out a list on a piece of scrap paper. I know a person who keeps sticky notes in a line on his desk and rearranges them as his schedule changes. A system like that would drive me crazy, but it works for him.

There is no problem in experimenting, but always keep your deadlines on track. Once you have this sort of system worked out, you'll be amazed at how easily other things fall into place.

As in any other work situation, when you have established a system that works, you become able to take on new challenges.

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