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Productivity Tips for Working From Home
Are you an entrepreneur or have a new side hustle where you work from home? Seems glamorous right, but it is not as easy as you may think it is. I learned first-hand what it means to be unproductive. You’re not completing your task; you are not where you would like to be in your business and basically you are failing at this whole work from home thing. I did not see results until I implemented these strategies and became more productive instead of just BUSY!
This one is very important! Turn off those notifications.Every few minutes your email is dinging your social media apps are sending you notifications, squirrel there goes a new text. It makes me scatter brained just thinking about it all. Productivity killer number one…getting distracted from the task at hand. Stay focused! this will help you actually complete things faster and not waist time.
Have an Office with a Door.
Yes, you are at home but, you are working despite contrary belief. Maybe even create you one of those DO NO DISTURB signs and write your office hours on the door. If you have kids let them know you will be working from this time to this time and afterwards you will be available for family time. Schedule a few breaks and ask them to play quietly while you are working.
Create a Content Calendar.
Plan ahead and know what you are going to be doing before you are scheduled to do it. Take a day and brain storm ideas so that you have a list of options to choose from when it is time to produce content. Don’t leave daily to-do’s to chance. Write projects to complete and a date. Never write today I will work on this blog post. You will never finish it. You can WORK on something forever! Instead write complete the research for this article on this day. Write the outline for this post on today and don’t end the day until it is completed. Just because you are busy working on something all day does not mean you were efficient and completed the task.
Read emails at 12 pm and 4PM
I owe this nugget to the book The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss. He suggested returning calls and replying to emails at set times each day so that your time is not wasted in an instant message version of email. 😒 You do not want to check your email first thing in the morning before getting your day started. This puts you in a reactive mode versus a productive mode. Complete your necessary task for the day first then respond to others request of you later.
Set intentional time for Social Media.
With social media you defiantly want to get in and get out. You can easily get sucked into the endless scrolling and likes if you are not intentional with your time. These days posting can be done with your favorite social media planning apps. You can create your content a month in advance if you choose. Although, commenting and engaging with your audience will have to be done by you (or your virtual assistant). But if it is you then use your time wisely.
Start Work Early.
Most people are more productive first thing in the morning. Just as if you were going to your 9-5 job, you should get up early and get your day started. As in my case, I try to get started as early as I can to get as much done before the kids wake up. I have a routine of working out early most days of the week then reviewing my to do list for the day. I also find that I am more creative and get my best ideas in the morning. I can be working out listening to a podcast and also needing a notebook to jot down the many ideas I get during this time. So start an early morning routine.
Most successful people aren’t born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don’t like to do. The successful people don’t always like these things themselves; they just get on and do them – William Makepeace Thackeray
If you use to be free to just be on your days off from work, then changing your schedule to growing your business in your spare time instead… is just plan RUDE to others. They don’t get it! It takes a lot of time in the beginning to just learn and grow. So, NO you cannot pick up someone’s dry cleaning, meet for shopping and brunch or watch their kids too. It takes so much time and effort to create something new. If you want to be successful, set boundaries so that people understand this is like a 9-5 job just like theirs where you work on your business from home.
Keep Chores and Business Separate.
Let me tell you. This is me… I am working, I am cleaning, I am working, I am cleaning I am not being productive! 😒 Keep business goals and family to do’s separate. Otherwise you are not being productive nor progressing at all! I know how hard it is to work a full-time job, working on your business and still trying to get all those house chores done at the same time. This is where a schedule and a routine are so important. And when the time comes, and the finances allow hire help! I have a friend with no children, no husband, lives alone but still has a maid. Talk about hashtag #lifegoals!
Because riding on the struggle bus is real and we all need help. Tell me what do you do to manage your time and still be productive while working from home? Comment Below 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽