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5 Ways to Be Extremely Productive Even If You Are Unemployed

5 Ways to Be Extremely Productive Even If You Are Unemployed

A man is measured by what he does with his time. It’s quite possible to hit a rough patch in life and enter a period when you can’t find a job that can pay the bills. Nobody in their mid-twenties wants to live with their parents, but the truth is that if you put your mind to it, you can acquire a set of skills that will definitely land you a job. We live in the age of information and if you have an internet connection, ignorance is basically a conscious choice.

Almost anything you want to do today has a tutorial online. In other words, by fully devoting yourself to mastering a new skill, you can easily become proficient in a new field after only a year. So, here are some approaches you can take while unemployed, and build yourself a better future.

1. Learning WordPress

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    With the arrival of online shopping, and with crowdfunding as a source of financing, the number of small business owners and startups has skyrocketed in the past decade. Any newly fledged business owner is going to need one thing, and that is a website. Most of these websites are WordPress sites, which means knowing WordPress will not only get you a short term job of creating a website, but also they will need someone to update it and maintain it.

    Of course, learning WordPress without any previous knowledge of coding can be daunting, but believe it or not, it’s not that hard. You can go through video tutorials, take one step at a time, and with every small victory you’ll build up your confidence. Here’s another great website for WordPress beginners where you will learn some additional tricks that are certainly going to come in handy.

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    You’d be surprised just how many web design job offers there are on freelancing platforms, and you can apply any one you want. Just make sure you have a website of your own, to show what you are capable of. Again it may seem like investing a whole year is a lot of time, but this is a pretty safe bet, because it is a skill that definitely won’t go to waste.

    Once you manage to find your way around WordPress, all that remains is to get acquainted with some of its quality themes and plugins, and you’ll be fully equipped to take on any job offer. So, if you are in need of a new hobby, start learning WordPress.

    2. Creating your own website

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      As mentioned, once you learn WordPress you should create your own website as part of your portfolio. However, you do not necessarily need to create a website just to display your skills, as a website is a valuable asset on its own, if you have a specific purpose for it. You can create an interesting content, and become a part of an affiliate program. Meaning that you use your website to sell someone else’s products and get a certain percentage of every sale.

      So, even if you don’t know WordPress, you can invest some of your resources into a website and have an online corner of your own that can generate revenue. If you manage to rank well, and create a high domain website, then you can also earn some cash by putting ads on your site.

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      Think about the topic for your website. Do you want to create a blogging platform, or maybe you want to create videos, or post edited images, basically create engaging content for people to enjoy.

      Your website can either help people or entertain them, the important thing is to have a specific purpose and to live up to it. You will also need to pick a name for a website, which will most likely become your brand name at some point, and quality branding is quite important nowadays. So, do not just pick any name at random, since you need something that people can easily discover, when looking for content that is on your website.

      Another thing to look out for when creating a website is getting a quality web hosting services. Web Hosting and website’s code complexity influence its loading speed. If your site needs more than 5 seconds to load a single page, then visitors are very likely to leave without giving it a chance.

      3. Start a blogging career

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        Another profitable hobby is to become a blogger or a video blogger. This is relatively easy to pull off, but becoming an influential blogger is an entirely different thing. If you want to be become a minor online celebrity, it needs to become your full-time job, and just re-writing or spinning other content you’ve read online won’t cut it.

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        Your posts and content you create needs to exceed what can be currently found on the Internet. This is called 10X content, and the name suggests that it needs to be 10 times better than existing content on the same topic. It’s something that’s really hard to create, and it’s very time consuming, but it is definitely worth it.

        If you only want to blog for the sake of blogging you’ll get stuck in the sea of other bloggers. Even just being a common blogger has its perks, but not as many as being an online influencer. Also it would be good to go through some writing tips for blogging, so that you can create articles that are easy to read and engaging for the audience. It’s also good to remember to use quality pictures or infographics to demonstrate your point, use videos and links as additional reading material.

        If you are good at blogging, you can even earn money by writing for paying platforms. Again most of these platforms are after the aforementioned 10X content, but at least this way you’ll secure some income for all that hard work, but on the downside, instead of putting that content on your website you give it to someone else.

        4. Become a freelancer

        If you do not have a job, then there is nothing stopping you from becoming a freelancer. You can be freelance writer, graphic designer, or web designer. There are also jobs for those who are skilled at sound, picture or video editing. However, even as a freelancer, you’ll need to look professional if you are to land a job.

        So, if you have a blogging portfolio, or a website that is certainly going to increase your chances significantly. Also, you should make a deviantart account to present your graphic design skills, and as far as video and sound editing goes, you can go with a YouTube account.

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        As far as freelancing platforms go, you can create an UpWork account, and make sure your profile is fully filled out. You can also do some test related to line of work, you have selected as your field of expertise, in order for potential job owners to see that you are legit.

        5. Learn new skills

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          Lastly, you can learn some new skills in general that do not require you to sit behind a desk all day, like coding, writing, or drawing. There are ways to earn enough money as a handy-man, since there are also job platforms for those tasks as well. Again you can also learn by watching tutorials, and you’ll have a skill set that will always be useful, and you won’t have to feel like you are unproductive.

          If you become a skillful craftsman, you can both repair and create items. You can become a DIY expert and create decorations and furniture that you can sell online on eBay or etsy. For example there are a ton of DIY pallet projects that are quite easy to pull off, but look amazing at the same time.

          Even these skills can work in synergy with the previously mentioned tips, because you can create video tutorials of how to create furniture or accessories, or how to make some common repairs at home. Just make sure you have a quality camera and start recording.

          As you can see all is not lost, there are various ways to be productive, even if you can’t get a job. This is a great coping mechanism if you are feeling depressed, because every project you complete fills you with a sense of achievement and builds up your confidence. In other words, get to work and start conquering new heights. Besides, when you are employed you get focused on one thing, but this way you can be a jack of all traits, which is significantly better, and you will feel much more accomplished.

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          5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

          5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

          Not being able to stay productive at work is a problem that everyone runs into at some point; no matter how much you like your job, there are certain factors that prevent you from staying at maximum proficiency throughout the whole day.

          A lack of productive focus at work can lead to extra stress on yourself, missed deadlines, passed opportunities, raise denial, demotion and even termination.

          So, if you are someone who has trouble with your productivity, here are five effective tips on how to be productive at work:

          1. Take breaks

          First and foremost, it’s important for you to take regular breaks. Trying to work throughout the whole day will tire your brain, which will then cause you to doze off and think about something else.

          If you keep working your brain, it will fill up and get jumbled with information—sort of like a computer hard drive. Taking a break would be like resetting your computer so that it can start afresh, or de-fragmenting the data so that all the information is in order.

          This is a great thing because it allows you to solve problems you were unable to solve previously, by seeing it differently; if you are able to organize your thoughts properly, you will be able to take in new information more easily.

          There have even been studies about methods of saving time and staying proficient, and taking breaks is one of the leading factors.

          According to Christine Hohlbaum, the author of The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World, eating lunch away from your work area every day will greatly increase your productivity. Eating in your work area will give you the illusion that you are working, but whether you like it or not, your brain will begin to wander and think of something else and then you will be working tirelessly with no progress.

          It’s important to take breaks before and during work too: if you come to work in a rush because you woke up late, your mind will not be mentally prepared for the day ahead, and you will spend the first 10 to 15 minutes trying to get organized and composed before you can actually start working.

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          Instead, you should try to wake up 20 minutes earlier than the time it would take you to “just get” to work. Take that time to stare off into space and not worry about anything.

          If you do this, your brain will be empty and ready for all the challenges it has coming for the next few hours.

          If your employer only allows a set amount of breaks during the workday, that doesn’t mean you can’t just get up and walk around for a quick break every now and then.

          Even if it’s only 5 minutes, it will refresh your brain and you will gain renewed energy to do your job.

          Learn more about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

          2. Pace yourself and balance your workload

          One problem that most people run into is that they underestimate the amount of work they have to do, and end up doing 50% of the work in the last 20% of the time they have to do it. This is due to an issue of balancing one’s workload.

          When you receive a project, or are doing a job you normally do, take some time to really plan out your work schedule.

          Consider how much time it took you to do this last time; determine how you can break the project into smaller parts and which can only be accomplished on certain days, and whether anything might come up that could interfere with your plan.

          All of these questions are important for starting on a project, and when answered, they will help you stay productive throughout each day.

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          For example, if you needed to design a project to map out the amount of aid offered in various regions after Hurricane Sandy, you can break it up as follows:

          You will need to know what organizations are offering help to begin with, how much aid those organizations gave or plan to give, which regions were hit by Sandy, and which regions suffered the greatest losses.

          You start this project on a Thursday and know you have until Tuesday to gather this information.

          In order to stay productive, you need to plan out your work week—now you know you can find out which organizations are involved in helping the Hurricane Sandy Victims any day since that information is online, but gathering information on the organizations may require you to call them.

          Since phone calls can only be done during week days, you have to plan on gathering all of that information before the weekend comes.

          That is just one example of a situation in which pre-planning your project will help you stay productive; had you researched the affected regions first, you would not have received the info on the organizations until the weekend, and may have missed your chance to call them.

          That, in turn, would have wasted time you could have spent working on this project to finish it.

          Knowing what you need to do, when you can do it, and how long it will take you, is important in balancing your workload and being more productive and efficient.

          3. Put your work first

          This is an issue that usually occurs with young people who are new to the workforce: they’re often tempted with offers to go out at midday, and then come back lost in thought and unfocused on their work-related tasks.

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          While it is important to take breaks, your breaks should consist of you clearing your mind, not loading it up with other less important information—like sports.

          However, that is not the only situation where you need to worry about putting your work first before all else.

          In a work environment, the senior employees will oftentimes push some of their menial tasks onto the newer employees. If you fall into that category, you need to know that their work is not your work, so if you have tasks that need to be done, you need to do it first.

          If you are a new employee, you must learn to say no to other people even when it means you may not be in their good graces anymore. You can help others out once your work is done, but you are paid to do your own work, not anyone else’s.

          4. Don’t open your browser unless you need them

          In this day and age, everyone is constantly monitoring their social network. This is a major pain point for companies, which is why many don’t allow employees to access their social networks on company workstations.

          When you are at work, disconnect the internet from your phone and keep your browsers closed so you’re not tempted to log onto your social media accounts or browse any sites that are not work-related.

          If you keep your browsers closed and phone tucked away, only to be used in an emergency, you will find yourself being a more productive employee right away. 

          5. Try to be happy and optimistic

          If you always have a negative outlook on life, you will be more distracted and less motivated to get work done, so it’s important for you to start your day off right.

          This can be done by having a good breakfast or by taking time in the morning to watch one of your favorite TV shows before work.

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          If you are happy, you will find yourself able to work much more productively as your mind won’t wander into worrying about something else.

          Also, if you stay optimistic and keep telling yourself that you can do whatever you set your mind to, the tasks will seem much less daunting and will go by much more quickly.

          Take a look at more effective ways to stay positive at work:

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          Happiness and optimism are the keys to being a productive and happy employee.

          All in all, heed the five tips above and you will find yourself being one of the most productive people at your company.

          While you do not need to master them all, each and every one of them will help you become a better and more efficient employee.

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