How to keep a work schedule when you work from home, Your Virtual ConciergeI work virtually, which means I do not go into an office every day, other than my work from home office, which presents its own set of issues.  Many people think that working from home means we have it easy.  Let me tell ya, that is not the case!  There are many days that I don’t get downstairs until 6 or 7pm, or sometimes later depending on the day and the workload I have.  Yes, there is the laundry, the dishes, the TV, cooking, the refrigerator, the dog or cat to let out, the mail to pick up, and so on.  Sometimes I don’t pick up my mail until the next day – I have to leave and walk across the complex to the mailbox and I’m not doing it in the dark late at night.  I often find I have to force myself to go make something to eat because I “forgot” and it is already 4pm.  Oops! 

Friends or door-to-door salespeople, or Jehovah’s Witnesses used to come by non-stop when they realized I worked from home.  I finally had to put up a “No Soliciting” sign on my front door just to keep people from even knocking.  You know you’re going to get up and go see who it is when they knock so don’t even say “You can just ignore it.”

I find it very easy not to turn on the TV during the day, so that’s not even a distraction.  I turn it on as my signal that I’m done for the day, but otherwise it stays off. 

I am going to take a page from Marie Forleo’s Marie TV and make a “work schedule.” 

7-8am: Wake up and work out

8-9am: Shower, dress, and eat breakfast

9-12:30: Work and NO email

12:30-1:30: Lunch, take a break, walk

1:30-3:30: Work, Work, Work

3:30-4:30: Take a break, take an hour for housework, dinner prep, take a walk

4:30-5:30: Work

5:30-6:30: Now is when you reply to emails, plan the next day’s to-do list, and close up shop

Some of you are looking at that saying “I can’t work until 6:30, or I need to pick up the kids.”  Whatever it is, schedule it.  Don’t let those things interrupt your day.  Schedule them and work around them.  So you don’t take an hour break for lunch, or your afternoon break.  The schedule is forgiving and changeable, but it’s still a schedule.  As Marie says, try it for 5 days and it will become a habit you will keep!

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