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  • It really comes down to setting boundaries on your time

  • and having long spans of uninterrupted time.

  • Boundaries can be great for creativity and productivity.

  • The constraint of knowing you only

  • have X number of hours to work on something

  • can force you to focus.

  • But how do I do all the little things

  • like mail, and house chores, and errands?

  • This one can be a bit tricky, especially

  • if you work from home, like we do at Team Gantt.

  • It's really easy to see the unmade bed or the pile

  • of dishes or the long grass in the yard and think,

  • I can just take a few minutes and get this done or that.

  • But those distractions can often lead to long stretches

  • of unproductive time.

  • Then at the end of the day, you feel

  • stressed because you didn't get as much

  • done as you wanted to at work.

  • Try to do as much as you can on your lunch break

  • or put it off until after work.

  • Trying to get all those little things done during the day

  • can be a real time killer.

  • Even if the tasks are short, it can take you a long time

  • to get back in the zone and start being productive again.

  • Talk it over with your family.

  • If you work from home, it takes everyone in the household

  • to be on board.

  • Talk about how a structure like this

  • can benefit the entire family.

  • While you may not be available 24/7 like you were before,

  • they'll know that your time outside of those work hours

  • will be higher quality because you

  • won't have work on your mind.

  • You'll be done for the day and can devote your full attention

  • to family or friends or non-work related tasks and projects.

  • But people keep emailing, or chatting, or tweeting,

  • or Skyping, or whatever-ing me.

  • To put it simply and bluntly, they can wait until tomorrow.

  • Now I know not all companies have the same culture that we

  • do here at Team Gantt so your mileage may vary here,

  • but for us, no one expects a response

  • from anyone else outside of work hours.

  • Try it for a week or so and see what

  • happens if you wait until the next day to respond

  • to emails and chats.

  • Does anyone freak out or did it maybe

  • go better than you expected?

  • How can I get all of my work done in just 40 hours?

  • Five, eight hour days a week is actually a ton of time.

  • You can get a lot accomplished in that amount of time,

  • it's just that too often, much of that time gets

  • sucked up in meetings, interruptions

  • from instant messaging, or a quick chat

  • when another member stops by your cubicle or office.

  • A lot of those things don't need to happen.

  • If you can reduce those interruptions

  • and get real work done for 40 hours,

  • you can accomplish so much.

  • It's also a matter of focusing on the big rocks,

  • like Franklin Covey teaches.

  • David mentions this in his podcast

  • and we couldn't agree more with him.

  • Nathan took the Franklin Covey course at a previous job

  • and it stuck with him.

  • He's since made those ideas a big part of the culture

  • a Team Gantt.

  • Big rocks is a simple strategy of identifying

  • your most important tasks and dedicating time

  • to work on those.

  • Block out your calendar and don't allow any interruptions

  • during the time you're working on those tasks.

  • Turn off slack, close your email,

  • put your phone on do not disturb,

  • and just work for an hour and a half or two hours at a time.

  • You'd be amazed how much can happen

  • with that much focused time.

  • This was part two of a three part series

  • on achieving a healthy work life balance.

  • Stay tuned for part 3 about the top benefits

  • of a structured work time.

  • What tips do you have for keeping your work and life

  • in balance?

  • Let us know in the comments.

  • We'd love to hear from you.

  • And make sure you like this video

  • and subscribe to our channel for more great content like this.

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