So how does this get your home office organized? Trust me, it makes a difference.
This is actually one of the hardest task for new solopreneurs. You started this business so that you could have freedom and now I’m trying to clip your wings by making you commit to office hours. Say it isn’t so.
You don’t have to punch a time clock, but you do need to learn when and how you work best and make sure you are working at those times and under those conditions. For me, I know that I’m a better writer in the morning, so I make sure that I get that done early. Now, can I write in the afternoon and evening, of course, but it flows easier in the morning before my mind gets cluttered with thought of the day. Coaching, I’m better in the late afternoon, early evening, so I schedule me clients accordingly. Does this mean that if I have a client that can only meet in the mornings I don’t accept them as a client, not usually, we make adjustments.
Okay, so I have writing hours in the morning and coaching hours in the afternoon. Those are my set office hours, but that is not all the time I spend on my business. I want you to be flexible with these blocks, but also protect this time you have set for office hours. This right here will be the hardest thing for you initially, so don’t skip this step. This is my most often ignored piece of advice, and it may be my best tip.
Now your office hours can also have an effect on your physical working space. In the example above, I like to write in the morning, so I don’t want my desk placed where the sun is going to come blazing into my eyeballs while I’m trying to inspire to others. This is how office hours have an impact on your home office organization.
Another note about office hours while we are talking about this subject, other people will not respect your time working at home if you don’t. For some reason, if you work from home people seem to assume you have all the free time in the world, but if you don’t actually get work done, then you don’t get paid. When you have set office hours and you keep to that schedule then you will also teach others in your life to respect your working time too.
Now if you struggle with time management, a great resource is Time Management Strategies for Entrepreneurs: How to Manage Your Time and Increase Your Bottom Line. There are lots of wonderful lessons in the book that will get your time organized quickly.