Not planning ahead
Planning is imperative to business success from the outset, and since you’re self-employed, you have complete free reign over your goals and timescales. Start from long-term business and financial goals and then extrapolate down, creating a yearly, monthly and then weekly plan. From the weekly and monthly plans and your ‘task-tracking’ data, you can extract a detailed daily list of tasks with a realistic time frame, so you shouldn’t find yourself scrambling around on a Sunday trying to complete your weekly tasks.
Not keeping office hours
Time management at work can be easier in an office than by yourself, as you’ll see other colleagues keeping to routine. But just because you don’t clock in and out, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be strict with your office hours.
Give yourself a morning start time and don’t miss it, even if you’re working from home. While you can plan exactly how long you’ll spend on emails, you’ll need to schedule yourself a bit of leeway when it comes to tasks like viewings, as these can be more flexible than you might think. Office-hour scheduling works both ways, so be sure to schedule in ‘you’ time.
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