When you’re working from home it’s important to find ways to save time and stay organized so that you can focus more on your work and less on outside distractions such as email. In this blog post, I’ll be discussing ways to save time and stay organized while working from home, which will ultimately help reduce a lot of the stress work from home professionals experience. Some of these methods are discussed in the book “Bit Literacy,” by Mark Hurst – please note that while I’ll be referring to his book and some of the ideas he discusses throughout this post, I am not being paid by Mark Hurst or his company, Creative Good, for mentioning the book – I just think it’s an excellent book and wanted to share some of the things I learned from it, and how they can be applied to working from home.
Get your email inbox count to zero, every day.
This is one of the first things Mark Hurst discusses – one source of stress for many people, including those of us who work from home, is the number of emails in our email inboxes, both read and unread. One way to relieve stress as well as save time is to keep your email inbox (or inboxes, as the case may be) as close to zero as possible – preferably at zero. After I read this section of his book, I immediately went to my Yahoo and Gmail inboxes, and decided what I wanted to do with all the emails I had in my inbox – some of them got deleted, others got filed in the different folders I created, and some I sent to Evernote so I could read them more thoroughly and possibly use some of the information in articles I write on other sites such as Hubpages and Yahoo! Contributor Network. Now I strive to keep my email inbox count as close to zero as I can every day – it isn’t always possible for me to keep it at zero, because there’s information in some of the emails I receive that I want to share with others – but as soon as I do, those emails get deleted or filed.
Set a specific time, or times of the day for doing tasks such as checking emails or returning non-urgent phone calls.
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When you have several things you need to do during the day, make a to do list and check the tasks off as you complete them.
Learn the Dvorak method of typing.
Use a bit lever.
I hope this post has provided you with some ideas on ways to save time. If you’re interested in reading more about Mark Hurst’s book, or possibly buying it, you can check it out on Amazon.
If you’ve got other time-saving tips you use, I’d be interested to hear them!