Among the attractions of working at home is the vision of freedom it invokes — no time clock, no time sheets, and no one to account to for the way in which you spend the time of yours. Indeed, it is an attractive proposition, but like so many attractive propositions there is a weighty downside — you’re likely wasting a great deal of time.

I used to spend time every day filling out these large spreadsheets to account for the day of mine. I worked for a huge call center company and my day often encompassed work on a number of projects for different clients. I loathed the activity and I’ve always dismissed it as a waste of time — that’s until my home business recently took off and I realized there simply was not enough hours in the day to attain all my goals.

I finally have my own spread sheet and agenda for the day and I’ve improved the productivity of mine and reduced my stress immeasurably. If you do not think you want a schedule for your home business then think again — and read on.

Following a spate of relatively unproductive days when my “To Do” list seemed to grow exponentially every time I looked at it I knew something had to change.

Granted I was going through a rough patch. The home business of mine was experiencing growing pains and taking up more than the usual time, my youngest was in Kindergarten at a Montesorri school with shorter hours, my oldest was not pulling his weight on the home front, my husband was always at work, and our extended family and friends were experiencing a variety of crises. But I’m also old enough to know there is never a fantastic time in life — you just live the one you have got. These are simply the challenges I am dealing with this year. Next year these problems will be traded in for new fresh ones.

After studying my time and chatting with some other work-at-home folks, I discovered 5 reasons to embrace the schedule:

  1. It’s too easy to waste time doing non priority tasks
  2. It is way too simple to get sidetracked or distracted from your present task
  3. Unscheduled work time can often overlap into the free time of yours until you do not have some free time at all
  4. Your free time is able to overlap into the work time of yours until you fall behind with important projects
  5. Concentrating your time and effort on highest priority projects means more gets done

I’m not the only work at home business person encompassing the schedule. I recently took part in an online forum where males and females had moved to embrace it — and found it more freeing than restrictive. In the end, you’re still the one setting the schedule so you are free to schedule yourself off for a 3-hour lunch, an afternoon, or a whole day while you choose.

If you believe it is difficult setting up your priorities and schedule for the day and week then perhaps your significant other or perhaps a friend can help you set your schedule.