Timing Yourself

With no opportunity – or need – to “clock in and out” of the office, and the temptation to work an irregular schedule, those of us operating from home can often find it difficult to gauge how many hours we’ve really worked in a given week. A useful and possibly very revealing exercise is to take a sample week and note down, each day, the time you spend actually working.

This gives you a better understanding of your work inputs and working hours, which you can use to assess your productivity and plan your timetable better. You can simply record the number of hours you worked every day, or break down your week into hours and really analyse what kind of work is taking up the bulk of your time. If you’re a teleworker, this kind of written record can also be helpful if you need to convince skeptical colleagues that working from home does not mean working less.