You work from home and it’s a fantastic commute. Some days you wear pajamas to work and others you’re showered and dressed like you’re leaving for the office. It’s a great way to make a living while making your own schedule. What happens when you feel like your day has gotten away from you? Try these time management tips for court reporters:
It’s not actually about managing time. You’ve got the same number of hours in each day whether it’s a workday or a day off. Use them wisely.
- Block your time. Rather than saying you work from 9am to 5pm, try scheduling 1-2 hours for a client, then a break, then a couple hours for another client or project. You will find you’re getting more done in less time because you’re more efficient.
- Create a list of priorities. Don’t just include work tasks, also include dinner with family or friends, go to the gym, and grocery shopping into your daily routine.
- Work with your energy flow, not against it. If you’re a night owl, consider working later in the day when you’re most alert rather than in the morning when you’re likely to be less productive.
- Fuel your body. Mom was right about not skipping breakfast; eating a small meal jumpstarts your body and mind. Opt out of having coffee and try drinking green tea instead. It contains l’theanine which releases caffeine slowly into your body resulting in a longer benefit. And don’t forget snacks and meals containing protein throughout the day.
- Plan your day. Before closing shop for the day make a list of what you want to get done the next day. Maybe it’s the task you didn’t have time to complete or the project that’s been hanging over your head for weeks. Whatever it is, make it a priority the following day.
The more you can plan ahead and make part of your routine, the more productive you will be in your court reporting business.
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