Your Daily WFH Schedule From Focos
When you work from home, having long-term plans and daily schedules is the only way you can remain productive. Remote work provides a lot of distractions and opportunities to procrastinate, and a good plan will help you overcome them. You can write your plans on a piece of paper and use that as your guide, but why?
Focos provides you with the means to use a multitude of apps specifically designed to help you make a schedule and stick to it, all from the same place. Below, we will discuss some general guidelines you should follow when making a schedule, and then show you how Focos can help you implement them.
5 General WFH Schedule Tips
A good plan will make you more efficient and productive, and this goes double when you are working from home. The only daily structure that remote work provides is the structure that you make for yourself. Here are 5 things to keep in mind when making a daily WFH schedule.
1. Find What Time of Day Suits You Best
Working from home will allow you a lot of flexibility when it comes to organizing your daily schedule. Experiment a little until you find the time of day when you are at your most focused. You probably have around 3 hours per day during which it is easier to concentrate and everything you do is effective. These maximum-efficiency hours are called peak hours.
The peak hour timing varies for people. For most, it is sometime in the morning, but it is not unlikely that you are a night owl. There are many other factors that play into how effective you are, so you will likely need a month or more to figure out what your peak hours are. Once you find them, plan your daily schedules around them. With all of the apps you can integrate with Focos, it will be easy to set your schedule to include your peak hours.
2. Plan Your Day In Advance
Since you are already planning a schedule, it is obvious that you should do it in advance. But undefined items on the schedule will get you nowhere. A daily schedule that consists of – work on a project, take a break, work on a project, exercise – is as useful to you as if you had no schedule at all.
Long-term plans have general items and deadlines, while your daily schedule is the means of how you get to them. The daily tasks should be clearly defined and you should specify a time-frame to get them done.
There are many useful tools you can use from the Focos app to help you with this; we will speak about them later. Forcing yourself to work within a rigid structure will pressure you to focus on each task at hand, significantly increasing your productivity.
3. Start Working On The Most Important Tasks Immediately
If possible, plan your daily schedule so that the start of your workday matches your peak hours. Even if this is not an option, you should start working on the most difficult and important tasks at the very beginning.
The longer you work, the more tired you get – if you start working on the important tasks at the end of the day, there is a strong possibility that you won’t be able to finish on time. Transferring big tasks to tomorrow will only clump-up your work week and force you to scramble to get things done.
Try using the MIT, or most important tasks, method. Determine 3 or 4 tasks that are essential and focus on getting them done first. Most of the time, there are only a few things that have to get done.
Everything else is secondary. Working from home, you will be getting an immense amount of notification that will try to grab your attention, but they can all be checked once the main tasks are completed.
This is where Focos can help with following your daily schedule – it will coalesce all of the notifications on its apps, so you can check them in bulk once you decide to. Using the MIT method does not mean that no other tasks get done, it means that they don’t get done until your essential tasks are finished.
4. Plan for The Pomodoro Method
The goal of the Pomodoro method is to work in short and intense bursts and then take a short break. It allows you to break down large tasks into manageable chunks, and all you require is a timer. There are many time-tracking apps that you can integrate into Focos, designed with the Pomodoro method in mind.
Following the Pomodoro method you will work for 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute break, and every 4 sessions take a longer break. The goal is to up your concentration for the 25-minute work session, while giving you enough breaks so that you don’t become fatigued.
Using this method will significantly increase your output, so planning your schedule with the Pomodoro technique in mind is advisable. It is very important not to stop working during the 25-minute sessions. Do your best to ignore all distractions, and only deal with them during your breaks.
5. Be Flexible
As the saying goes: The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. That is to say, no matter how diligently you plan your daily schedule, something will happen that will force you to change it. While it is important to follow your schedule rigorously, you can’t allow yourself to get stressed out when things don’t go as planned. Be flexible and make adjustments on the go. Nothing is so monumental that it can’t be dealt with, as long as you keep calm and continue working.
How Focos Can Help You Organize Your Daily Schedule
Now that you have read some general guidelines on how you should set up your daily schedule, here is how you can implement it. There are 2 primary components to any good schedule – a tasks list and a timer. There are many apps available that will do a part of the job, but none are good at all aspects of planning.
That is why you should plan your daily schedule from Focos – you can use the best feature from each app, while using them from one integration platform. It will effectively feel like you are using just one daily schedule app, so you won’t get distracted by managing multiple applications on several fronts.
Combine To-Do List Apps
The goal of to-do list apps is simple – they list the daily tasks that need to get done. Most of them are similar and you will be combining a few anyway, so make the primary app one that feels intuitive to use for you. Lay out a clear plan, with well-defined tasks and breaks. Set a few reminders throughout the day to notify you of important events.
If you are the type of person who tends to put their phone on snooze in the morning, there are a few apps that intentionally have annoying alarms that can’t be ignored, so give them a try. Just make sure that the reminders aren’t set so often that they distract you from working.
Use Time-Tracking Apps
Now that you have set up your daily schedule, you should do your best to follow it. This is where time-tracking apps come in. You can set timers for each individual task, or group them together. You need to know how long each task takes you so that you can adjust your schedule, if need be.
If you are the type of person who works best under pressure, set an audible ticking timer that will count towards the end of your work session. An additional benefit of time-tracking apps is that they can generate reports that you can send to your employer, so that they know how much you’ve worked.
In case you are working on a group project, you can use a timesheet so that all members of a team can show how much time they spent on each task. One of the most useful features of time-tracking apps is the Pomodoro timer, which was previously discussed. Not every app has an in-built Pomodoro timer, but Focos allows you to download an app for that specific purpose.
Use it alongside your other apps. The 25-minute work sessions will help you focus and stick to your daily schedule. Because you are working from home, it is unlikely that someone will check-up on your daily progress, so you will need to find your own motivation.
Integrate Your Email and Social Media With Focos
When you are working from home, you will constantly be bombarded with notifications from your email and social media. If you check each one, it will seriously disrupt your workflow, and even the best schedule can’t handle that.
Don’t allow yourself to be less productive due to notification overload. Integrate your email and social media accounts with Focos, and leave them for the end of the workday. All of the notifications will be located in the same place, and you can look at them in bulk after you have finished your other tasks. It will take less time, and you won’t be distracted from your work.
Focos Is Here To Help You Organize
Organizing your daily schedule from Focos will provide you with a solid structure that will help you remain productive. You can get by without a well-defined daily schedule, but why struggle when Focos gives you the means to easily plan one? Increase your efficiency by having a clear daily plan, and let Focos keep it organized.
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