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Why Work Schedules Are Important

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Whether you work from home, are self-employed, or work outside the home, maintaining a consistent work schedule is important. There are several key reasons why keeping a work schedule is vital to the success of any business.

Getting Work Done Efficiently and Cost Effectively

A work schedule is imperative to getting work done in a well-organized manner. Most employers draw up work schedules that aim to reduce labor cost and get the maximum amount of work accomplished in the allotted time.

Meeting Deadlines

When you are working under a deadline, a work schedule is a valuable structure that ensures the deadline will be met. By working each day toward the deadline goal, the project becomes manageable and more easily achieved.

Defining the Work at Hand

By working under a prearranged amount of time, you can prioritize the work that needs to be done. In some settings, employers will lay out exactly what tasks need to be completed during the shift.

Preserving a Work/Life Balance

A work schedule is essential to maintaining a balance between life and work. This is especially true for those who work from home, as it is often difficult to tear yourself away from work and focus on family, friends, and personal time.

Keeping Stress Levels to a Minimum

Stress is an unavoidable part of work and life. Creating a work schedule, however, can help put things in a distinct time frame and allow you to leave your work at the workplace.


Donn Saylor comes from a diverse and eclectic professional background in not-for-profit, small business and corporate environments. He has been a freelance writer since 2007. Saylor's work has appeared in numerous publications, both online and in print.

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