Wednesday, November 18, 2015

catching up

(mural Alice Springs. Pete, River, Sol silhouettes)

Finding time to blog regularly is proving a challenge at the moment.

You see I've made a few new rules for myself and one of them is I no longer go to bed at midnight most nights and let me tell you that makes a million miles of difference to so many things.

It is an easy habit to fall into staying up late while the house sleeps, just so you can have some quiet time to yourself but really nothing can replace good sleep.

Add to that drinking two litres of water a day and you have yourself a recipe for more energy right there!

So, now that I'm going to bed earlier and doing important things like you know watching Madame Secretary with my husband I have to find a new time to blog. And I will! And I'm serious about the watching TV with my husband thing. Spending time together is actually important obvious as it sounds!

The other thing I've done is set myself office hours. The key is, sticking to them. Which I'm doing. This sounds so simple but has been life changing.

Managing your time well when you work from home is one of the trickiest things about working for yourself and working from home.

In my case clearer boundaries needed to be set. There is a time to fold washing, a time to focus on work, time to drink coffee with your girlfriends and time to spend with your loved ones and if you feel like you're constantly chasing your tail it is time to make some changes.

Why am I telling you all this?

Because I just wanted to fill you in on what's been happening, where I've been and because I'm guessing there's a few people reading this who need to set some boundaries of their own. Do it!
It is easier than you think and it pays off in ways you can't even know about until you do it. And it is the small changes that make the big difference.

How is your week? Do you work from home? Tell us your time management tips in the comments. 
I'd love to know what works for you.


  1. Hi Nikki! I have been trying the same, going to bed earlier and drinking water, surprising the difference it makes! I don't work from home, but I have a lot of little projects that I'm working on and it is hard to prioritise at times...

    1. Hi Liz, isn't it amazing the difference it makes! Here I am up late tonight! But it is Friday so that doesn't count :)

  2. It's a challenge working from home! The best thing I've done is have a no email checking policy on my non work days or outside of "work hours". This reduced my stress levels and has helped me be focused on my time with my kids. Good luck with your new changes!

    1. Hi kf, thanks :) I have that rule too! I have always 'clocked off' from the computer once I pick my boys off from school but I used to log back on after I put them to bed and then be in front of the computer for hours at night. It wasn't good! I thought I was enjoying it but really it wasn't all that productive because I was tired!

  3. I am hoping to work from home more this year and I have to say, I'm a little nervous about it. There's something about the office routine that is, well, routine. There's a clocking in and out of a physical space that you don't have when working from home. I'm going to be learning fast.


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