How to create a work from home schedule

To help aid with motivation, inspiration, and maintaining productivity, a work from home schedule can be very useful; especially for those who are really missing the office environment and may be struggling to keep on top of everything. Now, everyone’s schedules may look different, the most important part is sticking to the principles you set for yourself.

Here are the key elements you need in your personalised work from home schedule.

A start time and a finish time

Choose when you start, this could be when you are most effective or motivated, perhaps after a morning walk and a coffee, let’s say 9am. Maybe after you drop the kids to school or set them up for the day at home, would that be 10am? Or possibly you’re an early riser and like to hit the ground running at 7am. Pick your start time and stick to it every day! Then work until your 8 hours is up. Pick your finish time and finish when you’re supposed to. Avoid overworking as you can become exhausted and may mess up your entire schedule from feeling too tired. Tiredness = unmotivated.

Set time aside for having a break (or a few)

Just like you schedule your work, schedule your breaks. This can help bring some order into your day instead of just taking off when you want to or getting distracted by other things you have to do that aren’t work. 12pm or 1pm is a good time to take an hour break to eat away from your desk and potentially move your body. If you’re someone who prefers shorter breaks more often, you can schedule those too.

Set time for doing chores and or other household duties

Being home means that pile of dirty laundry is always in your face and you may feel like you always need to be on top of everything! Set time aside to do house work too. Maybe it could be thirty minutes before you start your day, and thirty minutes after. Or you could use chores as a way to give your mind a rest throughout the day... it’s up to you, but schedule a time and try not to run over that time. Keep on track!

Create a to-do list at the start of the week for every day

Something proven to be helpful for productivity and organisation is to-do lists. Instead of creating one giant to-do list which can seem overwhelming; create a to-do list for each day of the week. This way you know exactly what needs to be done each day, without being stressed by merely looking at your notebook. By breaking up your tasks into days, the week becomes clearer and you will be able to plan everything around what needs to be done, including your break and chore times.