One of my big worries about working from home is the discipline required to achieve everything I need to do with the numerous distractions at home.
While Oliver is small and sleeps or feeds most of the day, I have three full days for coding where Isabel is at nursery. I also have my evenings, although I like to get to bed for a sensible hour. This feels like a decent amount of time but compared to the distraction-free run of days at your standard 9—5 I feel like I’m already against the clock.
I’ve been using FreshBooks to track project times:
…which is helping to ensure I’m tracking time for client projects, and meeting my expectations/guestimations for project time length (so that I don’t under-charge). This doesn’t help with general time allocation though; it doesn’t stop me from spending 15 minutes of an hour tweeting when I could (should) be working which for a full days coding, putting me at a deficit of 2 hours or more!
I’m trialling Evernote to keep track of my notes and to do lists (which I used to use at work to keep me on track) but I don’t want to put myself in a position where I’m spending more time managing myself than I am just getting on with stuff.
So what’s a girl to do?