When I tell someone I work from home, they’re response is almost always, “Nice, I wish I could do that”.
Well, it’s actually not so easy because you’re responsible for literally everything related to your business.
The main problem is productivity!
In this article, I’ll share my 5 lessons on how to be more productive working from home.
If you’re someone who currently works from home or you plan to work from home soon, these tips will make it much easier for you to focus on your work and reach your goals.
I’m sure you have noticed that there are times when you feel unstoppable and times when you feel like lifting a pen is the greatest challenge in the world.
Everyone has ups and downs, it’s normal.
See, working online requires a certain level of creativity, and creativity often feels like a limited resource.
It’s easy to feel drained after working on your website for hours.
And when you feel drained, little work gets done!
So here are some tips that will make it easier for you to get back into that productive and creative work groove!
1. Work for a Short Periods of Time
There’s really no need to work non-stop for hours on end.
When it comes to writing articles, I often write for short periods at a time and then take a break and come back for a fresh start.
I suggest working for 20 minutes straight and then take a break for a few minutes.
Of course, that’s not set in stone, and other people recommend working for 90 minutes with a 10 minute break.
Personally, I prefer short periods of work with short breaks.
It’s important to not take too long breaks, the shorter the better, even something as simple as heading to the kitchen for a drink can count as a break.
The point is to let your eyes relax and clear your head a bit.
It really works!
And let’s not forget that staring at a screen can damage your eyes!
2. Use a Stop Watch Count Down
This is a simple trick that expands on the previous tip we talked about.
What I do is a set a stopwatch with a countdown for a certain period of time and then try to get as much work done in the time period as possible.
You could use the stopwatch app on your phone or you could open a new tab and find an online stopwatch.
Below is an image of the one I use most of the time.
I like to set it to 20 or 30 minutes and use that time to focus my complete attention on my work.
Usually, a little notification will be heard when the timer runs out, then you can take a break and reset it.
I also noticed that this encourages me to write faster because I feel I have to get as much done as possible within that time period.
So, it’s a cool and simple trick that you can use to be more productive working from home!
It’s also good for tracking work hours!
3. Ask for Constructive Feedback.
If you’re working on a project, whether it’s an article or a new website, it’s always important to ask for feedback.
I know you probably don’t want people to judge your projects too harshly, but I have found that constructive feedback can really improve your business.
Of course, the problem is finding people who want to take a look at your projects and provide some feedback.
There are a number of forums where you can create a new post and ask for advice.
The problem is that anyone can comment on those posts so it’s not certain that you’ll receive comments from experienced people.
In Wealthy Affiliate, there’s a feature called Site Feedback, which allows people to request and submit feedback on other people’s websites.
It’s a feature I use quite often, and it has provided me with a lot of extremely useful insight into how people react when they land on my website.
You’ll need a premium account to access this feature, but if you can create a free account and take a look at the other features and training material.
Here’s what the Free Membership and Premium Membership provide. It’s my #1 online resource for a reason.
4. Drink Something That Has High Energy!
I’m pretty much useless without coffee, and I feel so much more productive when I drink coffee, it’s my fuel.
Of course, not everyone drinks coffee, so feel free to find an alternative (I do not recommend red-bull or similar energy-drinks!).
Some people like to drink tea, and if that works for you then by all means go ahead.
I discovered it’s a subtle psychological motivation trick to have a drink next to you and take a sip every once in awhile.
Give it a shot, maybe even something like juice can work too!
5. Work When You Feel The Most Focused
Everyone has a different time of day when they feel focused and productive.
For some people it’s early in the morning while others are only able to function during the evenings.
Finding your ideal time to work is important because it means you’ll get more done in less time.
That’s the beauty of working from home, we can make our own schedule, so we can configure it to our personal preferences.
Personally, I like to work in the evenings, I feel more focused, but that’s just me.
I have also discovered that exercise provides a nice new boost of energy and helps center me before I work on my site or write content.
Conclusion: How to Be More Productive Working From Home
To summarize, if you’re wondering how to be more productive working from home, take these tips and implement them into your daily routine and you will see a positive impact.
There are many other tips too, and some that you will have to discover on your own by trying new things!
But these few simple tips should make it easier for you to be more productive working from home and you’ll be able to reach your goals.
Of course, the most important thing is to find like-minded people who share your goals, and that’s where Wealthy Affiliate comes into the picture.
It helps to have like minded people keep you motivated and thinking outside the box.
Wealthy Affiliate is an awesome community based online business training center that’s full of awesome training material and members!
And as always, if you liked the article, feel free to share it and leave a comment. And if you have your own ideas on how to be more productive working from home, we’re all ears!