6 Must-Have Time Management Resources for Work-at-Home Moms

When you go to the office every day, you may spend some time chatting with colleagues and surfing the Internet.  However, most of the time, you're probably working because you know your productivity and output is being monitored. 

When you make the switch to working at home, one of the greatest challenges is managing your time.  After all, if you decide not to work and instead clean the kitchen, do the laundry, or even catch some rays on the deck, there's no one to stop you.

If you're struggling with time management or you want to be more productive, you can't go wrong with these resources:

1.  Attack Your Day Before It Attacks You by Mark Woods and Trapper Woods

The authors understand that old time management rules no longer apply to our busy, digital, super-connected world.  Instead, they offer a unique way to manage your time while incorporating technology.

2.  Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too by Mandi Ehman

One of the ironies of being a work-at-home mom is that you may have initially decided to work from home in part so you could spend more time with your family.  However, as your business grows, keeping family time at the forefront can become more and more difficult.

In this book, Ehman offers time management strategies for juggling family and work time as well as specific strategies to optimize your time when working, even if you feel like procrastinating.  (Her solution is to implement productive procrastination.)

3.  Toggl

Do you look at the work you accomplished at the end of the day and ask yourself, "Why didn't I get more done?  Where did the time go?"

If so, then Toggl may be the tool for you.  Toggl is a simple, free way to easily track the time you spend on different tasks.  Each day, at a glance, you can look at which tasks you spent your time on.  As a bonus, you can also use Toggl to record your billable hours.

4.  Rescue Time

Rescue Time also keeps track of the time you spend online, but unlike Toggl, Rescue Time runs in the background.  You don't have to start and stop the timer when you start and stop tasks.

Rescue Time is free if you just want to track time spent on websites, set goals, and get a weekly e-mail report.  However, if you'd also like the ability to block certain sites (such as making Facebook unavailable during the afternoon so you're not distracted when working), you may want to look into the paid version that runs $9 a month or $72 per year.

5.  Pocket

If you've ever taken a break from work to surf the web only to leave 20 tabs open to articles that you plan to come back to read, Pocket is for you.  Rather than leaving open so many tabs, you can tuck all of those articles onto Pocket and read them when you have time.  Best of all, they're accessible even when you don't have internet access!

Pocket basic is free, while Pocket Premium runs $4.99 per month or $44.99 per year.

6.  Evernote

Do you routinely have to do lists all over as well as half completed notes on your latest project?  Evernote can help you put all those materials in one place, saving you time and making you more organized.  Evernote is free, though you could also opt for the premium version at $5 a month or the business version at $10 a month.

What time management tools do you rely on?

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