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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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