After identifying the obstacles to working at home, the next thing to do is identify all the things that are supposed to be done.
I started this process by outlining the things that I need to do on a regular basis. For example:
- make the soap
After identifying the things that need to be consistently done, I went back and organized by frequency. I am not a believer in washing the floors every week on exactly the same day, because I believe in flexibility in the schedule. My way of working this is to allow some built in flexibility, because when I have tried rigid schedules it has failed. This is because by nature I like to adjust my schedule and we know that unexpected events happen that can interfere with the schedule!
Getting organized this year will be a process, I am creating my own system that is best suited for my needs. I highly recommend that each person looks at:
- their individual learning style – are you visual, auditory or kinesthetic or a combination
- personal traits – do you like things planned out? do you like to be flexible?
- Are you a pen & paper person or can you use e-reminders?
- what has worked for you in the past?
- what has failed in the past?
- what kind of environment works best for you? minimal or clutter?