Working From Home: A More Efficient Use of Your Valuable Time

 Time Piece

Flickr Photo Credit: M. Shades

Not only is working from home of greater benefit to your clients and employers, it’s of greater benefit to your schedule as well.

Telecommuting saves your boss from worrying about whether you’ll arrive at work on time due to bad weather or traffic. But does it also not save you the same stress as well? And what could you do with that extra hour’s drive time twice a day? Maybe finally squeeze in time for exercise or creative writing? How about a little extra time for your kids or getting an economical soup ready for the crock pot instead of shopping on the way home for an expensive take-out meal?

Have you ever known that while you were too sick to go out in the freezing rain or snow to work in an office, you could have cranked out a decent amount of work in your PJ’s with a cup of soup by your computer? How about the amount of time spent fiddling with hair and skin treatments? (Guys, this includes you too.) I get dolled up maybe once or twice a month if I have to have a coffee meeting on grocery shopping day. With that extra 30 minutes a day, I can check clients’ emails sooner, squeeze in a couple of extra sales calls, or write up a quick press release. Work at home moms doing the cloth diaper thing might want to use the time to deal with that. Whatever fits your situation.

One area of time availability I found greatly impoved by working from the house is a category I call “incidentals”. What I mean by this is those little blocks of time that are completely wasted and unproductive in a traditional corporate work environment. Walking from one office or conference room to another. Standing in line for the photo copier or coffee pot. Wait time for late-starting meetings . . . you get the picture.

Working at my home, the maximum number of people waiting in line for coffee is two. Ever. If I’m walking down the hall between the office and my chosen comfy writing space of the day, chances are I can pick up some dirty laundry or do a little dusting along the way. On hold call time is a great opportunity to fold laundry, refill my coffee or clip coupons.

See what I’m getting at? Normally, after a long day’s work in the traditional employment world, I’d still have to come home to another “job” of all the necessary household items I was not home to get done during the day. Through streamlined use of my time, I now have my nights and weekends free to spend time with my husband, pets and other family members doing something fun and rewarding.

Having one of us at home has provided my husband and I not only with a greater quality of life, but greater control over our family time and finances. If you are at all able to do this for yourself, I highly recommend the work at home experience.


  1. Lisa says:

    Amen, lots of good ideas. Being a writer who works from home I can say it does afford me the ability to get more done in a peaceful and quiet environment. Like you then I have my evenings and weekend more freed up, or I have the freedom to do a middle of the week run to Target when there is no crowd. A real gift when I think of the rest of the world having to fit these things in after work or on the weekend. The downside…I feel like I am constantly surrounded by all the things I should be doing in my home and this requires learning to let go and just focusing on my writing for the hours it requires and to be pleased with the accomplished chapter, rather than the fact that the laundry is still not folded.

  2. myscha39 says:

    You really touched on one of the major benefits, in my opinion! Being able to do errands when the rest of the world isn’t. Woohoo! It’s an ENORMOUS time and stress saver, I agree.