Managing your time becomes crucial when you work for yourself from home. The hours can just slip away from you, and the next thing you know your business will be in trouble. It is best to make a schedule and stick to it to plan what you intend to accomplish on a regular basis.
First, make a list of all of the tasks you do in the course of your business. For me, those include creating new products and courses, writing and submitting articles, blogging, holding webinars and teleseminars, and coaching the students in my mentor program. My goal is to work about twenty to twenty-five hours each week, so it is imperative that I have a time management plan in place.
Next, set some goals in each area. You know what you have accomplished in the past, so use that as your starting point to decide what you want to do each month. I tend to plan by the month, but you can do whatever unit of time works for you.
Finally, eliminate all other distractions. This may sound like an impossibility, but you must explain to family and friends that you are working during specific hours each day. Once they see that you are serious, you will have the time you need. My rule is that I am only to be interrupted if there is a true emergency that requires my attention. This happens less than once a year, so it seems those around me have got the message. That way I am able to give them my undivided attention once I am finished with what I have planned for that day.