Those of us who work from home can tell you that sometimes it’s not an easy thing to do. There are constant distractions – whether from pets, a spouse or child, or just the house itself (let me throw in a quick load of laundry before I…oh and the dishes need to be done….I’ll just do that real quick before I……).
Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to boost your productivity by leaps and bounds.
1. Work in 45-50 minute increments with a 10-15 minute break every hour.
Why does this help? The human brain is only really capable of concentrating/producing at a high level for about 45-50 minutes. The break that you desperately need to take gives you a few minutes to change over the laundry or let the dog out without feeling guilty that it’s digging into work time.
2. Use a timer.
Ok, this is an oldie but a goody. I like to use Focus Master (www.focusmaster.com) but any timer will do. This way you can stop constantly watching the clock and let you mind go free to tackle the task at hand. I’ve got a timer set right now as I write this blog post and it’s really helping me stay focused.
3. Create a daily, weekly and monthly to-do checklist.
By putting everything you need to get done onto a checklist, you can easily breeze right through your day knowing that the things you’re doing are the things that will bring in the revenue. No more wondering what to do next – it’s all right there on the list.
4. Drink water. Yes, really.
What? Drink water? I know, right? It sounds silly to have “drink water” listed as a time management tip but hear me out here. The more hydrated you are, the better your brain works so you’ll be able to get more done in the same amount of time than you would if you were dehydrated. Most Americans function in a constant state of mild dehydration which is part of why they get the afternoon energy slump. You can avoid the slump altogether just by making it a habit to drink water. It also makes that 10-15 minute break every hour much appreciated!
5. Post your goals and what it will take to reach those goals somewhere that you can see them constantly.
You’ll be less likely to goof off with time wasting activities if you remember why you chose to be a work at home entrepreneur in the first place.
BONUS TIP – Keep track of what you’re doing and how long it takes to do it.
After a few days of doing this, you’ll find time you didn’t realize you were wasting and be able to reassign it for more productive activities.
Try these out of a week and let me know just how much more productive you were able to be in the comments below.
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