How To Work From Home and Be Productive
In todays world, more and more people find themselves in jobs that they either don't enjoy or feel stressed and pressured in almost everyday. With humankind having to adjust so rapidly to jobs being digitalised, rather than completed manually, it's only a matter of time until people start to harness the skills they have learnt throughout their careers and start out on their own.
I hear a lot of people ask me, when they learn what I do for a living, "How do you do get anything done when you're working from home?". The truth is, it can be bloody difficult sometimes! Especially if you're like me and have young children at home. I'm also asked "Do you actually get by just working from home?" which often surprises me as I can think of lots of successful people who built their work-from-home businesses from the ground up and are still doing well years later.
The root to these questions (and many others) about work-from-home lifestyle is often an uncertainty or fear in those individuals that you won't earn anything, lose money, lose time with close ones, etc. etc.
Is it really all worth it?
I have compiled my personal list of top 5 non-negotiables which will help you to work productively, if you are seriously considering starting a work-from-home business.
1. Plan when you're going to work
When you think you have all the time in the world, it's only normal to get swayed into thinking that you can do it later or I'll do it tomorrow. When you're employed by someone and they want something done, you wouldn't just turn around and say "Sorry, no can do, I'm sleeping in till 10am and then doing some shopping, so I might get around to doing that later."
Ha! Imagine... so be strict with yourself, set aside your working hours in the day/week so that you can commit to only focussing on that. At the end of the day, it's your business and I want you to succeed as much as you do :-)
2. Create your workspace
If you're not rolling in all your work-from-home profits yet and can't afford a fancy outbuilding in the garden, you don't need to rent out office space. Simply have somewhere at home that is your 'office'. It can be in a separate room, just your desk or maybe one end of the dining table? Preferably somewhere with limited distractions, so that when you're ready to get stuck in, you're not going to be side-tracked.
The common saying is true, tidy space, tidy mind. I myself, struggle to focus on work when the room or my workspace is cluttered. Invest in some storage or filing solutions, make sure other people in your household know to keep your area free. You don't want to waste time tidying up instead of ticking off your to-do list.
4. Actually have a to-do list!
Not having a plan of action each day is probably the one thing sabotaging your business the most. If you rock up to work and wing it everyday you're not being productive and that in turn won't bring you the success you're expecting to achieve.
Write down a list of what you need to do, include deadlines, roughly how long you think it will take to complete and then prioritise what needs to be done first. You'll feel completely awesome for getting loads done and be showing others just how organised and effective your work ethic is.
5. Eliminate your distractions
Ultimately, social media is the biggest offender here. One minute you're writing a post on your business page and the next you find yourself scrolling through Pinterest looking at cake. (Yes.. I am guilty of this!!) Do yourself a favour and mute/turn off all your social media, emails, texts, calls when you're working. Obviously, for a lot of us, using these websites and devices play a big role in our work. If you fall into this category, then you can use my work hack to get around this!
Look at your to-do list and schedule in one or two 5-10 minute breaks that you can indulge on social media just for fun. Not only will you feel better for taking a break but you're managing your distractions that help you to still be productive and get things done.
Implementing some or better yet, all of these tips will help you to work more productively and therefore give you the best chance to achieve success in your work-from-home business. I hope you have found this article useful and I'd love to hear your feedback and thoughts.