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Working From Home:Sticking To A Schedule

Updated on March 27, 2012

Keeping A Schedule

Whether it is taking calls from home, typing up resumes, or surveys whatever your work at home gig is you need to develop a schedule and simply put stick to it. Numerous variables cause us to lead astray from our American dream. Family, friends, and telephone calls are what I find the top disturbing factors when I am trying to work. This is why you need a schedule and stick to it. To make sure you stick to this I suggest turning your telephone off and inform friends and family members in a nice way that this is your work schedule and you will be unavailable during this time. Just as they have a job they go to you have one to the only difference is you do it from your home office. Once you are on the same page with those you love and care about you can move on with your schedule.

When making a schedule you want to make one that fits your lifestyle. If you are a night owl then obviously working days isn't the best solution for you but if you find yourself bouncing around your home in the wee hours of early morning then day hours might be your best time to work. What is most important in all this whether you chose nights or days weekends or weekdays is to have a daily planner. For those of you who will choose the outdoor jobs such as mystery shoppers and court reporters then a simple day planner that you can buy at Walmart or Rite Aid will be perfect for your business. On the other hand for those of you who will be like me and chose to work out of your home office you might want to use something that will be right on your computer. I recommend two cool software programs to use. One is AnyTime Organizer Deluxe Version 12. Put out by Individual Software this neat program can make to do lists, calendars, a day planner, and much more. You can have a ticker that runs along the bottom of your screen relaying all your events that you have planned for the day. You can get AnyTime Organizer Deluxe Version 12 at any computer store I bought mine at a Barnes and Noble store here in Philadelphia. It costs about $20 and it truly is worth every penny. Another program I use now for my both of my work at home gigs is Vue Minder Lite. They have both a free and pay version but personally, I use the free version and find the program to be a Godsend to my home based business. You can easily input important meetings, due dates for various projects, as well as schedule the time you need this done and whether this particular reminder needs to be a continuous reminder or just one time. Vue Minder Lite can also be set to allow a friendly voice to remind you of the different commitments you have throughout your day. You should definitely check this out at www.vueminder.com and click on the download section. You will see several tabs Vue Minder Lite, Pro and Ultimate. The Pro and Ultimate are the paid version of the calendar but the site mentions a 60 day trial period so if you want to check out other features then you could do that as well. My recommendation is to check out and download the Lite version as this is free and will give you all the tools you need for your home based business's scheduling needs. Check it out and tell me what you think.

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I'll take your advice and try that Valu Lite calender, sounds like it'd be a big help with me sticking to a schedule. I love the idea of treating the writing like a job, I can only imagine how much can be accomplished with a laser like focus. Sky is the limit buddy.

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      William Gerace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Thank you. I have to admit I've always worked outside of my home for twenty years and just started working Live Ops the past 3 years. I worked all kinds of schedules from home so I truly appreciate the concept of having a steady schedule. I suggest you try the Valu Lite calender I mentioned in this Hub I use the free version and it's great. It has a voice reminding me of my various meetings and appointments for the day. So working from home does have its challenges but I truly enjoy it. Hopefully my writing piece of this will take off as well as I'm Live Ops gigs has. Thanks again for the great review. Take care.

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Great job with this. This is a very important element in succeeding with home based work. I've struggled a bit trying to find the appropriate hours to begin my writing and work. I'm finding my way thanks to helpful articles like this one. Nice one buddy