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The Importance of Time Management When Working From Home

Here at Modern Garden Rooms, one of the main uses for our fantastic rooms is that of a home office. Whether it’s for a self employed business person, the founder of a new startup or an employee of a company who has been given flexible working, they’re becoming more and more popular.
Thanks to the internet and other technological innovations, there is now nothing to stop a large proportion of the workforce working home completely or at least for some of the week. Those that have made the break to homeworking have by and large enjoyed the move but one issue does raise its head from time to time and that is time management. Out of the structured environment of the modern office, some people can struggle to manage their time effectively which is why we take a look at some simple strategies to do so below.

Prioritize

Failure to prioritize is one of the big reasons that some people fail to achieve the goals that they have set for themselves. Without understanding what is important now and what can wait till later, you’ll find it difficult to achieve anything substantial because you will lack a firm plan of how you are going to achieve your aims. If you have software that can help you with this then great but it’s not necessary. A simple, prioritised list on a whiteboard or even on a simple piece of paper can really help you feel that you are on top of your work.

Leave time for thinking and planning

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when managing their time working from home is to leave some time for thinking and planning. Having the time to think about your activities for the next day is crucial if you’re going to have a productive day. Planning allows you to prioritize our tasks enabling you to work on the ones that are the most important first. Failure to plan and have an effective ‘to-do’ list and you will find it very easy to get lost in your work be productive and find that by the end of the day you haven’t achieved very much.

Work to deadlines

Even if some of your work doesn’t have deadlines, they are an effective way of driving your work forward and giving you something to aim for. Having deadlines can give your day, week and month structure and assist in your planning and prioritization (see above). Don’t think deadlines are there to make sure you’re at your desk for certain numbers of hours per day, as they are actually just as important for making sure you’re NOT at your desk for hour after hour. Working from home, it can be easy to let your working life take over those personal hours at home so by working to deadlines you can help to draw a distinctive line between home and work by getting the work you need done when it’s needed to be done for.

Shaun from Windlesham (April 2018)

5m x 3m canopy room “I just wanted to add that the construction process was seamless and thoroughly professional. Rob and Lewis were an absolute delight to have around, put workers everywhere to shame and did it all with a sense of humour and kind consideration for us. I can’t praise them highly enough. The building itself will be linked up to the electricity supply today….but it seems to me that so far the quality of the materials and the finished product matches the lads who built it - excellent.”    
Shaun from Windlesham (April 2018)

Andy from St Albans (July 2018)

5m x 5m border room “All paid thanks – the room is awesome.”
Andy from St Albans (July 2018)

Mark from Dursley (June 2018)

5m x 4m canopy room The garden room is complete and we are very pleased with it. Lewis & Sam have carried out a first class build and it was a pleasure having them around and watching proper tradesman work - top job!”  
Mark from Dursley (June 2018)

Sara from Brentwood (May 2018)

"The garden room is great, and Lewis and Matt were brilliant. They worked extremely hard, were neat, tidy and polite – we would highly recommend you and the team going forward.”
Sara from Brentwood (May 2018)

Harry from Warwick (August 2018)

"The room looks great and the guys were awesome – very polite and considerate. I’ve never seen builders work so hard and produce a product of that quality – they are a credit to the company.”  
Harry from Warwick (August 2018)

Paul from Rochester (April 2017)

“Mike, Jonny just a quick email to say how pleased we are with the garden room. The whole process from initial contact to completion was first class. Please pass on our thanks to Rob and his team - their workmanship was excellent and nothing was too much trouble. A job very well done thank you.”
Paul from Rochester (April 2017)

Lizzie from Chiswick (June 2017)

“From start to finish it was a pleasure to work with you guys.  You have a straightforward, good product which you sell well (loved all the diagrams you sent at the start) and then when it goes up it looks fab.  The boys had great attention to detail and the finish is top notch. Rob and Harry were brilliant and it was a pleasure to have them working hard in my garden over 3 weeks.  They were super tidy, were polite about my tea and coffee, worked really hard and always came up with a good solution to any problems that arose.  A can do attitude is always so much appreciated by us customers and they had that in spades!”
Lizzie from Chiswick (June 2017)

Simon from Epsom (April 2018)

5m x 4m concave room Hello guys, We are really pleased with the room you did for us this time last year, the room is bedding into the garden well.  
Simon from Epsom (April 2018)

Sara from Brentwood (May 2018)

The garden room is great, and Lewis and Matt were brilliant. They worked extremely hard, were neat, tidy and polite – we would highly recommend you and the team going forward.
Sara from Brentwood (May 2018)

Hamza from Wraybury (June 2018)

8m x 11.5m border room Hi Rob, I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your hard work on the project! It was a real pleasure working with and knowing you. You were extremely professional from day one and very accommodating - a true gentleman. The quality of work was impressive and if you yourself ever needed a personal recommendation for any potential clients please feel free to let me know - I will be happy to take the time to speak with them. I wish you the very best of luck for the future. Please make sure to keep safe when you go riding. You have been a good man to have work on the building and I cant thank you enough.    
Hamza from Wraybury (June 2018)
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