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If You Work From Home, You Need These 5 Tips To Boost Your Productivity

If You Work From Home, You Need These 5 Tips To Boost Your Productivity

Working from home was not as I thought it would be. I started blogging almost a year ago and I have learned quite a bit.

If you want to be prepared to work from home you will have to be prepared to lose the crowd. Prepare to be isolated and to be out of the social life of the workplace (for at least 5-8 straight hours a day).

However, everyone has their own working time and different personal experience, but what I’ve learned is that some things steal our full potential. They are so small that we don’t notice them, and yet they take a lot of our time.

If you work from home, the next five tips to boost your productivity will help you execute your tasks by 100 percent.

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1. Prepare to be a bit isolated.

As I previously mentioned, accepting your isolation will boost your productivity big time!

Being isolated and accepting it can make a difference in how you deal with it. When I started blogging, I thought I would be able to see my friends all day, call them to give me company, go out and have fun as I did, unfortunately that was all one big fat lie. Working from home is being isolated at least 5-8 hours a day. It’s not like we are going on a deserted island and we need to be alone for the rest of our lives, but we are going to be alone most of the time.

To be honest, I found deep peace while I am alone on my computer every day, and that helped me chase my vision. Although I am more of an extrovert, blogging helped bridge that gap and find a balance between my isolation and extroversion.

2. Coffee helps

It’s not strange that in every movie, all the computer geeks come along with a cup of coffee. Coffee and working from home seem to go hand in hand.

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As scientists claim that coffee is healthy if we drink one up to two cups, this rule has no meaning for home-preneurs.

My own experience with coffee is 2-3 cups a day, and I am not coffee addict type of a guy.

A computer radiates positive ions which mean that it drains our energy and makes us tired just by staring at it. People that work from home need coffee. Period.

3. Have a written plan (I use Momentum app)

Before six months I was sheep in the big city. I was lost all over. I was doing one thing in the middle of another and I wasn’t executing anything. All the tasks I did, at the end of the day, were half-finished and I was nervous all the time.

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I started writing in the notes section what should I do the first second I wake up, until the last second I am finished with working. Not that it only helped me execute all my tasks, but I was finishing my work one hour earlier which gave me an extra for work.

A month ago, I discovered Momentum app. It’s a “new tab” application where you can add your to-do lists; your goal for the day and you can see different backgrounds and different motivational quotes every day. You can check this app at google store.

4. Close all unnecessary tabs

If something helped me focus on my tasks, it was closing all the unnecessary tabs.

First I had opened like 20 tabs that I didn’t even need for the rest of the day. I had one picture opened on Pinterest, checked mail tabs, Facebook comment tab, Quora answered question tab and ten more. They only made it hard for me to find the one tab I was working on and from time to time I was stopping by on the tabs just to stare at them. The most unproductive work I’ve done.

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Close all the unnecessary tabs and you will narrow your focus on the actual work.

5. Phone on silent

I was so harsh, that I sold my phone away just to be without it. I sold my phone since it distracted me for about 2-3 hours a day with twitter notifications, Facebook notifications, calls, messages, WhatsApp, Viber, foursquare and Snapchat.

You don’t have to be so harsh, but the least you can do is put it on silent and put it away. If you have to work you work. Phone needs to be away and you need to force your full potential.

If you follow the five tips above, I guarantee you a 100% more productivity.

Featured photo credit: My via flickr.com

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Bristol is the most congested city in England. Whenever I have to work at the office, I ride there, like most of us do. Furthermore, I always make sure to go at off hours; otherwise, the roads are jam-packed with cars, buses, bikes, even pedestrians. Why is that? Because everyone is working a traditional 9 to 5 work day.

Where did the “9 to 5” Come From?

It all started back in 1946. The United States government implemented the 40 hour work week for all federal employees, and all companies adopted the practice afterwards. That’s 67 years with the same schedule. Let’s think about all the things that have changed in the 67 years:

  • We went to the moon, and astronauts now live in space on the ISS.

  • Computers used to take up entire rooms and took hours to make a single calculation. Now we have more powerful computers in our purses and back pockets with our smartphones.

  • Lots of employees can now telecommute to the office from hundreds, and even thousands of miles away.

In 1946 a 9-5 job made sense because we had time after 5pm for a social life, a family life. Now we’re constantly connected to other people and the office, with the Internet, email on our smartphones, and hashtags in our movies and television shows. There is no downtime anymore.

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Different Folks, Different Strokes

Enjoying your downtime is an important part of life. It recharges your batteries and lets you be more productive. Allowing people to balance life and work can provide them with much needed perspective and motivation to see the bigger picture of what they are trying to achieve.

Some people are just more productive when they’re working at their optimal time of day, after feeling well rested and personally fulfilled.  For some that can be  from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m; for others, it could be  2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

People have their own rhythms and routines. It would be great if we could sync our work schedule to match. Simply put, the imposed 8-hour work day can be a creativity and morale killer for the average person in today’s world.

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Productivity and Trust Killer

Fostering creativity among employees is not always an easy endeavor, but perhaps a good place to start is by simply not tying their tasks and goals to a fixed time period. Let them work on their to-do list at their own pace, and chances are, you’ll get the best out of your employee who feels empowered instead of babysat.

That’s not to say that you should  allow your team to run wild and do whatever they want, but restricting them to a 9 to 5 time frame can quickly demoralize people. Set parameters and deadlines, and let them work at their own creative best with the understanding that their work is crucial to the functioning of the entire team.

Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur who previously worked in broadcasting, noted to Inc that from her experience, “treating employees like grown-ups made it more likely that they would behave the same way.” The principle here is to have your employees work to get things done, not to just follow the hands on the clock.

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A Flexible Remote Working Policy

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously recalled all her remote workers, saying she wanted to improve innovation and collaboration, but was that the right decision? We’ve all said that we’re often more productive in a half day working from home than a full day working in the office, right? So why not let your employees work remotely from home?

There are definitely varying schools of thought on remote working. Some believe that innovation and collaboration can only happen in a boardroom with markers, whiteboards and post-it notes and of course, this can be true for some. But do a few great brainstorms trump a team that feels a little less stressed and a little more free?

Those who champion remote working often note that these employees are not counting the clock, worried about getting home, cooking dinner or rushing through errands post-work. No one works their 9-5 straight without breaks here and there.  Allowing some time for remote working means employees can handle some non-work related tasks and feel more accomplished throughout the day. Also, sometimes we all need to have a taste of working in our pajamas, right?

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It’ll be interesting to see how many traditional companies and industries start giving their employees more freedom with their work schedule. And how many end up rescinding their policies like Yahoo did.

What are your thoughts of the traditional 9-5 schedule and what are you doing to help foster your team’s productivity and creativity? Hit the comments and let us know.

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