5 Tips to Stay Productive while Working from Home

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Being productive is getting more things done in less time. As an entrepreneur, the more projects you complete, the more money you can make. Productivity for those working from home for the first time and/or other distractions can't be easy. Do you have trouble squeezing in more work in less time? You need to know these tips right now!

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Productivity: How to get more things done in less time.

Do you want to make more money, get more clients/projects? But it appears you doesn't have enough time? Does this happen to you? Here's what you need to know on how to be more productive.

The struggle is real when “Working from Home”

The flexibility of choosing your own working hours is one of the best reasons to work from home. You also save travel money, time, effort, shopping for an office wardrobe, and trips to the salon! However, the same flexibility can tempt you to slack off too. Hopefully, these simple tips help you to stay productive while working from home. 

1. Set a Routine

There is a reason children thrive on routines. Having a routine gives one a sense of security. You know what to expect and what tasks are to be done, at a scheduled time. A system gives you a sense of time and therefore, more control over your life. 

I work when my children nap during the day and/or after they go to bed, at night. I also set time side on a project type. For example, I write my articles in the peace and quiet of the night. I also respond to emails after midnight but "schedule send" them doe daytime hours. During the day, my focus is on social media, brand management, hair consultations, processing store orders. Having a predictable routine helps me. 

You may already have a routine –you may just not know it!

Some people are comfortable working in the daytime, some stop functioning after 5 pm, others thrive after midnight. One of the best ways to know how your day goes is by tracking it. If tracking your day manually seems overwhelming, use free tools like Toggl. It tracks and analyses your time efficiently. Find your core productive time and schedule your work around those peak hours if possible. 

2. Work in Work Clothes

Yep! You need to get out of those jammies and into work clothes. It doesn’t have to be a suit and a tie; getting into jeans and a decent dress shirt will trick your mind to be serious. If you continue your day in the same clothes as you were sleeping in then chances of slacking off are pretty high! Get serious. Change into a reasonable outfit and get cracking on those to-dos :)

3. Switch off and Switch on

This is an age-old management technique. When you sit to work, switch off your personal life (in your head). That means you need to tell your brain you are at work and practice thinking only of the task at hand. So while you work, do not think of your grocery lists, the dinner plans tonight or carry on conversations with your imaginary friend. Don’t get lost on social media. Schedule social media for breaks and just scan the articles while you research.

Multitasking is a myth; you can only do one thing at a time. Make sure you turn off email notifications, put your phone on vibrate and kill unnecessary pages on your computer so it’s just you and the task. While at work, work; when at play, by all means, play! Don’t make a sangria out of both.

4: Write, don’t Edit

This pro tip is for my freelance writers! After research, your mind is probably pulsating with new ideas. Vomit those thoughts right away or you may lose them! So just type, type, type. Do not pause, go back, spell check, right-click change spellings. NO. Stop Making Yourself Crazy with Self-Editing. When you edit every sentence before moving forward, it disturbs your trail of thought. So first, get it out of your system and onto paper/Google Doc/Word, whatever rocks your boat. After you’ve you got your first thoughts out on paper, edit your draft after a few hours or the next day even. Then proofread and edit some more.

5: Dedicated Workspace at home

This is one of the most crucial aspects of staying productive while working from home. When you have your own workspace, it gives you a sense of seriousness to work. The couch in your home relaxes you and beds are for sleeping. So bringing your work to your bed will only make you sleepy, lazy or both. Your workspace doesn’t have to be a separate room. Small spaces can make brilliant workspaces. My dining table doubles as my workspace. If you can afford it, then have a dedicated room for workspace.

Important Action Points to Improve Productivity at Home

  • Clear the clutter -  Clutter on your desk hampers productivity, so keep your desk as squeaky clean as possible.
  • Face the wall -  For a workspace at home facing the wall helps you stay focused, with no distractions from a window or an open door.
  • Sip on the water - Take regular sips, not gulps, from a handy water bottle. If you only do one thing this week … drink more water.The oxygen and minerals in the water keep your brain active. You will remain alert the whole time you are at work!
 

Thank you for reading!

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