Working from home can be a privilege when you know how to work from home but things can get out of hand and you could waste all the time you had which suppose to be at work to something call instant gratification that sucks up your time in a small scale that combine become the whole day.
I have been working from home for the past 1 month but i can tell you that it needs total commitment and discipline to achieve maximum output and be productive each day in and out. But how to work from home when you have absolute time freedom and no supervision as you may have had once when you were working in an office environment and the supervisors are looking behind your back all the time ?
This is how i work from home and keep my time and activity strictly guarded, guided and hours productively spent.
Plan the day out by hours, every hours.
I still wake up at 6 a.m., get ready by 7 and straight start out the work by 7.05. The first thing that would come to my mind is listing all the priorities list that needs to be done. I divide my early mornings into detail planing in writings, this can be from;
- to call someone
- update an appointment for the day
- email somebody
- follow up on an important proposal
- listing a new product or item on the Internet
- post an article to my blogs
This may sound trivial and tiny little matter, but it does matter when you work from home. Many would say that little tiny things like this can be managed and arrange by the PA (Personal Assistant) or the secretary, but this does not work for you when you are working from home. When you work from home, you are your boss, your own manager and captain of the ship. If you have the resources to hire someone to do this work for you, cases would be different.
Set a definite time to carry out each task and stick to it.
We all have 24 hours in a day, so has all the other successful people who even started with nothing . They too have the same time with you. When you have all the tasks and activities around the day, it must come with a specific time line to get it done. You can’t be spending an hour to take that phone and call somebody, can you ? It only needs a couple of minutes to call unless the conversation takes a while and it goes beyond that one hour (chatting over to build relationship or an clarification that needs to be done over the phone), cases can be vary. Setting a definite time for a task completion can be challenging yet rewarding (in terms of saving time and meeting any deadlines). For example, i set off my day at 7.05 a.m. I must plan each day before 7.45 a.m and start the first task by then. Of course i will not list calling someone at that time to be my first task, it can be writing an article for an hour. Sometimes the article cannot be finished, so what i do is save in a related document and list down the ideas that comes at the time and move on to the next task right away.
Close all the social media tabs or sites that you read for entertainment and stick hard to it.
Opening so many website tabs with different topic interests can suck up hugely of your time without you knowing it. Spending as little as 3 – 5 minutes on every site of your interest topic if sum it up of 5 sites for instance is about 15 – 20 minutes. The temptation can be so high when you tell yourself that you only want to check the latest news feed or who has commented on the posting you this morning or yesterday. Facebook is the number 1 time killer of all the sites. It can be so addictive that it keeps you there even longer than your desired minimum of 5 minutes of ‘just checking’ out. Stop wasting time on this. Close all tabs that is not relevant to your work. Focus is the keyword. It is not easy but it is do-able.
Do not do any regular house work when you have serious business work to do.
Many who work from home tend to plan out some time or hours to do their regular house work. Don’t fall into this trap. Your regular house work must always scheduled on the weekends or even best still outsourced to the house cleaners with a minimum fixed hourly wages. Your time during the standard working hours must be filled with serious money making activities. Remember, an hour gone is an hour gone, working from home has both it’s benefit and also it can lead you to total loss of hours if taken for too much pleasure out of it.
Evaluate your weekly if not daily input and output through measurement how productive-progressive you are.
If you are not making progress even one step at a time, then you need to look back your daily activities. You everyday input must bring improvement towards your main goal. Daily improvement can be even a small steps taken towards your goal. For example let’s say you need some serious prospects to buy your products, then what are you doing in order to gather the list that prospects. Sometimes you may not have the right product when the prospect calls you. But the point is you have a serious prospect who is looking for something that you can find or work out for him or her. You must record and document and pay para – focus to work this out for that prospect until the required object is delivered and case closed. Documenting and recording is important because we tend to forget the caller and miss the opportunity.
Divide your time to spend out your home office at least once a week somewhere else.
Working alone from home can be bored at times, when it is all operated you alone. We don’t need to suffer the solitary all by yourself. Schedule at least one day to work from a nearby cafe, mall or any place that is deem suitable to do your work. It can be mid of the week or end of the week. This will give you a fresh outlook on doing your work itself because having people around although they are not your colleagues or even your friends will keep you stay motivated or even inspired.
Find inspiration to fuel your motivation to keep going when the going gets tough.
No body needs to suffer while work from home. Inspiration can be find anywhere around you. Reading motivational materials or listening to your favorite musics in between the hours of your work from home period can be a booster to your spirit to keep going when the going gets tough. The going will get tough somehow at one point of your journey, you need all the motivation to keep going when no one is there maybe to give you the moral support you need. Working from home can be lonely and haunting but when you have all the ingredients to sustain even the worst weather – you will master the art of working not only from home but anywhere you wish and want.