Using Your Time Wisely When Working from Home

Written by  //  2013/12/02  //  College Management  //  1 Comment

As opposed to being trapped in the local workforce, the developments of the Internet allow people to telecommute every day. There are many websites dedicated to helping you connect with an employer that is willing to pay you for your time and skill. The most glorious aspect of this kind of employment is the ability to work your own hours. While this will provide you with a great deal of flexibility, it can also come with a price: Focus. 

It’s easy to get side tracked when working for others online. You need to keep yourself dedicated to finishing the task you are being paid for, and it’s much more difficult than many may think. How can you use your time wisely when working from home while juggling your school schedule?

Stick to Schedules

Your college classes are not the only thing that should be scheduled. Depending on how your day unfolds, you need to dedicate sufficient time in order to work from home successfully. Just as missing a block of time for a class can set you behind academically, missing time from work can set you behind financially.

Break up Time Blocks

Instead of dedicating six straight hours of working online everyday, break up the time block into more manageable pieces. Instead of fighting the tedium of sitting at your computer working for six straight hours, separate it into sections of three, two-hour blocks of time. Depending on your class schedule, this may be difficult. However, it can help you spread out the work and relieve the tediousness of staring at your screen for extended periods of time.

Frame of Mind

Working from home is much different than working at a full-time job. There is a different mentality that needs to be adopted in order to stay successful. At a regular job, you are paid hourly for the random things you do throughout the day. Since most online freelance clients and employers pay per job, you don’t see a dime until you are done with the task. Even trips to the bathroom take away from your time to complete a job that you don’t get paid for.

Limit Distractions

Distractions can be as detrimental to working online as they can be while studying for your classes. You need to keep your distractions to a minimum for continued success. If you are worried about others influencing your time, don’t put yourself in a position to be interrupted. Lock the bedroom door, use a computer that doesn’t have the ability to play games, disable the sound on your computer or any other method you can think of to help you focus on working.

Play Time

While you could make a great deal of money if you dedicate all of your time to study and work, you can easily burn yourself out. Like scheduling your classes and work time, you need to set aside at least an hour or so for "you" time. If you don’t give yourself a breather, you could become over-burdened and your school and professional work will undoubtedly suffer.

Working from home is a dream of many individuals around the world. However, many of them don’t realize how much harder the experience could actually be over punching a time-sheet. In most cases, you’re not getting paid if you’re not actually working.

Author Bio:
This is a guest post by Liz Nelson from She is a freelance writer and blogger from Houston. Questions and comments can be sent to: liznelson17 @

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