Running your own business from home can be difficult enough considering all the ways your time can be lost, without you making matters worse. Follow a few simple guidelines to help increase your productivity.
Doing several similar or identical tasks together saves time, and often increases actual performance. Time is saved by not switching from one type of task to another, with the commensurate time spent setting up the new task.
Not only will batching errands save you time - any errand that requires a car is probably going to use at least half an hour, given preparation time and cooldown time at each end - but will also save you money. The price of petrol is high enough that you can easily spend several pounds (or dollars) any time you venture out in the car. This, if you are only doing the one errand, can cause you to go elsewhere and spend more money, just to justify the money already spent on petrol.
Use a Shredder and a Binshredder is a very useful tool here, shred paper with any personal information on, you don't want to risk identity theft if you can avoid it; bin the rest.
Carry a Notebook
It isn't a good idea to jot down ideas whilst driving a vehicle though. In this situation, it's better to risk losing the idea than to risk having an accident.
Have a Project List
Rather than having a "to do" list, have a project list. It is quite likely you will have a selection of different projects at different stages at any one time. With a project list, should you be foundering on your current project, you have other projects you can switch to for a change of pace.