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4 Easy Ways to Avoid Procrastination When Working from Home

4 Easy Ways to Avoid Procrastination When Working from Home

I was so happy when I started my career as freelancer. I thought that this was it, that I would no longer have to get up early and that there would be no more commuting. I’ll work when I’m most productive and no one will breathe down my neck. I didn’t even imagine that working from home was very different than I thought it would be.

I can’t say that I lacked enthusiasm; I still don’t. But, soon enough, I found myself under the spell of the comforts of my home. I was postponing tasks until they HAD to be done. In the meantime, I was hunting for snacks in my kitchen, dropping on the couch “just for a second” to see what’s going on with my favorite TV show, etc. After just a few months, I was under the impression that I was working all day and I literally had no free time at all.

Then one day, it struck me. I sat down and decided to do all my day’s work in one sitting to see how much time I really spend working. I was surprised with the result. I somehow managed to turn a couple of hours’ work into a whole day of hard work. That’s when I realized I had a problem with procrastination and I decided to fight it with all I had. These are the ways that helped me stay on track and become way more efficient. If I managed to pull it off, so can you, just bear with me.

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1. Create a Home Office

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    First of all, I decided to limit the comforts of my home by turning a guest room into a small office. If you don’t have one, don’t worry, since you can use some corner that has enough light during the day. In case you are a night owl, make sure to have appropriate lighting, so that you don’t fatigue your eyes.

    I planned in advance. I always had a bottle of water with me, so I didn’t have to get up and get tempted on the way to and from the kitchen. A bowl with a couple of fruits was on the table in case I needed a quick snack before the lunch break. I got my phone with me along with the charger and set it to silent mode to prevent distractions from that side.

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    2. Get Some Productivity Software Apps to Keep You On Track

    All of my freelance gigs involve using a computer in order to complete them. Did I accidentally fall into a magical YouTube circle? Or did I maybe endlessly scroll Facebook’s newsfeed back to the year 2010? I’m guilty, your Honor, put me in jail. I’ve lost so much time doing nothing while sitting at my computer staring at nothing useful.

    I decided to make one user account on my computer that’s going to be used only for work. Also, I made one browser only to be used when I’m working. Now, all I can see are job-related bookmarks and tabs. Furthermore, I did some research and found out some extensions that can really help anyone stay focused.

    Just to make sure that I stay productive, I’ve decided to spice it up with time-tracking software. There are many time-tracking tools, such as Toggl, Tick and RescueTime. In the end, I found that using these apps is very useful, because they also generate a report so that I could easily track my work.

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    3. Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize

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      This proved to be an essential thing to do when I waged my war on procrastination. Many of my freelance gigs didn’t have “actual” deadlines. What I actually did before was governed by the following thoughts: “Oh, cool, I don’t have to get this done by tomorrow, I have enough time.” And then, when that tomorrow came, I had to complete many “tomorrow” tasks in just one day. Staying up late working often resulted in poor quality jobs and sometimes I didn’t even manage to finish everything on time.

      That’s when I actually got myself a board I could attach stickers to and I put it on the wall in front of me. I started organizing tasks in timetables and figured out that there is a reason why we had one back in my ex workplace. This helped me get back into the routine and I started taking my freelance jobs seriously enough. The results were incredible; I did more work than I actually planned for that day. I’ve started getting more jobs to fill in the empty time slots and, in the end, I started earning more money.

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      4. Keep The Focus on the Rewards

      I remembered that there was a lecture about procrastination during a psychology course I took back when I was in college, so I decided to do a little bit of a research and found some really interested articles about procrastination on the web.

      All the experts say that motivation is an essential part of avoiding the temptation to procrastinate, and it didn’t take me too long to realize that I lost my sense of motivation because I used to dwell too much on the hard work I had to do to complete my tasks. Remember my priority – the timetable sticker board I mentioned earlier? I started writing down how much money I will earn after completing each task. At the start, it worked well enough, but in time, it lost the effect it had on me.

      That’s when I replaced numbers with the things I would spend or save my money on. Rewards play an important role in forming good habits. Also, I wrote down all the benefits working at home has for me. All this did the trick. Motivation was there to put my focus on good things instead on the hard work ahead of me.

      As you can see, you are in charge! Keep in mind that all of this didn’t happen overnight for me; there was the incubation process that led to some action. However, it’s important to start doing at least something to start getting back on track. It might not be a bad idea to make a list of things you can do to fight procrastination, then sort it from the easiest to the hardest thing you need to do. Start working on your list and take your time to adapt to all the changes.

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      20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

      20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

      There is normally a lengthy list of things you need to consider when starting a business, and if you don’t manage them properly, your excitement can quickly turn into overwhelm. What can support you to stay inspired and on the right track when starting out? You guessed it: this is your vision statement.

      What Is a Vision Statement?

      A vision statement is like a photograph of your future business, which gives your business shape and direction.

      A vision statement provides the direction and describes what the founder wants the organization to achieve in the future; it’s more about the “what” of a business. It is different from a mission statement, which describes the purpose of an organization and more about the “how” of a business.

      If you were to take a photo of your future business now, what would it look like? What do you want your business to be recognized for one day?

      You need to have a crystal clear vision when you start out, otherwise you can get easily lost in deciding the best way forward. When you are making strategic decisions for your business and even daily operation decisions, your vision statement will give you the inspiration and targeted direction you need.

      The Importance of a Vision Statement

      Without a vision statement, your business will lack motivation to keep going.

      If you don’t aim for anything, you might not hit anything. The more specific and clear you are, the better your chances are at seeing your vision turn into reality.

      The importance of a vision statement cannot be overlooked; not only does it provide long term direction and guidance, but it also gives you the inspiration and the necessary energy to keep going when you feel lost.

      Always keep your vision statement alive by revisiting it regularly and communicating your vision with other members of the team, to inspire and motivate them as well.

      How to Craft an Inspiring Vision Statement

      1. Dream big and use clear language

      An inspiring vision statement should inform a clear direction and priorities for the organization, while challenging all the team members to grow together. Based on our expert sources’ advice, we’ve got some great tips for you:

      • Imagine how you want the business to be like in five to ten years.
      • Infuse the business’ values in the statement.
      • Make sure that the statement is implying a clear focus for the business.
      • Write your vision statement in the present tense.
      • Use clear and concise language.
      • Ensure the statement is easily understood.

      There are many different types of vision statements and there is no wrong or right way to do it. The most important thing is to resonate with it. It will always inspire you and give you a clear targeted direction.

      2. Get inspirations from the successful companies.

      Having researched on a number of successful companies’ vision statements, I’ve shortlisted 20 good examples for the new startups:

      Short vision statements made up of a few words only:

      1. Disney

      To make people happy.

      2. Oxfam

      A just world without poverty.

      3. Ikea

      To create a better every day life for the many people.

      Quantitative statements are based on numbers, quantities:

      4. Microsoft

      Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

        5. Nike

        Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. (*If you have a body, you are an athlete.)

          Qualitative statements are based on qualities that you want to have:

          6. Ford

          People working together as a lean, global enterprise to make people’s lives better through automotive and mobility leadership.

          7. Avon

          To be the company that best understands and satisfies the product, service and self-fulfillment needs of women—globally.

          Competitor based statements – this type is becoming less common, but famous examples are:

          8. Honda – in 1970

          We will destroy Yamaha.

          9. Nike – in 1960s

          Crush Adidas.

            10. Philip Morris – in 1950s

            Knock off RJR as the number one tobacco  company in the world.

            Role Model Vision Statements – using another company as an example:

            11. Stanford University – in the past

            To become the Harvard of the West.

            12. Reach for Success – in the past

            To become the next Tony Robbins in self development.

            Internal Transformations vision statements:

            13. Apple

            To produce high-quality, low cost, easy to use products that incorporate high technology for the individual.

            14. Giro Sport Design

            To make sure that riding is the best part of a great life.

            15. Tesla

            To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

            16. Sony

            To be a company that inspires and fulfills your curiosity.

            17. Facebook

            To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

              Longer and more detailed vision statement:

              18. Walmart

              To give customers a wide assortment of their favorite products, Every Day Low Prices, guaranteed satisfaction, friendly service, convenient hours (24 hours, 7 days a week) and a great online shopping experience.

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              19. Coca Cola

              To achieve sustainable growth, we have established a vision with clear goals:

              Profit: Maximizing return to share owners while being mindful of our overall responsibilities.

              People: Being a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.

              Portfolio: Bringing to the world a portfolio of beverage brands that anticipate and satisfy peoples; desires and needs.

              Partners: Nurturing a winning network of partners and building mutual loyalty.

              Planet: Being a responsible global citizen that makes a difference.

                20. Heinz

                Our VISION, quite simply, is to be: “The World’s Premier Food Company, Offering Nutritious, Superior Tasting Foods To People Everywhere.” Being the premier food company does not mean being the biggest but it does mean being the best in terms of consumer value, customer service, employee talent, and consistent and predictable growth.

                The Bottom Line

                Remember, always keep your vision statement up-to-date to direct your company’s actions.

                Remember, once you reach your vision, it needs to be changed. General Motors overtook Ford as #1 automotive company in the world because once Ford’s goal was reached, they never updated it.

                Keep your vision statement alive and visibly in front of you, revisit it and let it help direct your actions and activities. This is the fun part: this is where you get to dream really big and allow your imagination to fly as high as you want.

                Don’t hold back, let your creative juices flow and give yourself permission to explore what is possible for your business.

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                To your success!

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