There is one commodity that nearly everyone runs out of and that is time. For some reason when someone opens a home computer business they believe that suddenly their days will have more hours in them than they did when they worked for someone else. Unfortunately, it doesn't take long for them to realize that there are not only the same number of hours in a day, but those hours may seem like they have fewer minutes in them.
Time management is not a skill that can be taught, it is a behavior that has to be learned. Many tools are available to help people manage their time, but they have to take the initial step in getting started before they can make better use of the time they have. Managing their time will help them balance work and home life, which is usually referred to as creating a work-life balance, and to start they need to realize they are closely related. Too many people have a calendar for their work and a separate calendar for their family life. With the two so closely connected, they only need one calendar.
Instead of having to consult with two pieces of paper before determining if you can make a meeting or not, pulling out one calendar can make the decision an easy one. It does not matter what brand is considered the best or the most expensive. The only thing that matters is that you get a planner with a calendar and use it regularly. Before you fill out the calendar you will need to make sure you have your priorities in order. Every day, new priorities will pop up based on emergencies and customer demands.
One thing to consider is that when a customer emergency comes up and is direct conflict with a scheduled family event, you will have to decide on where your priorities are on that specific date and time. If you have a helper who can take care of the customer issue, without conflicting with their family calendar, that's a plus. If not, the customer may have to wait until you get done. Setting daily priorities should always begin with a block of time being set aside as contingency time. That is time set aside to handle unexpected issues and can be as little as 15 minutes.
If nothing happens, you have an extra 15 minutes unclaimed at the end of the day. When it does, handle it without throwing your schedule totally out of whack. The best thing you can possibly do with your home computer business is establish a minimum of 10 minutes every morning and reprioritize items that did not get finished from yesterday's list. This planning session can be the very first task you do when you have your daily cup of coffee.
The bottom line is you need to get into the habit to review your daily plans and then stick to the plan throughout the day.
William is the owner of http://williamdrapcho.com and writes on a variety of subjects. Sign up for his free newsletter on home computer business ideas and opportunities by going to William's website, or go to http://pluginprofitsite.com/main-19493