Efficiency is crucial when working from home. Without it, you’ll waste time, be stressed out and perhaps you eventually have to go back to your day job. If you are efficient, however, you can free up your time—while still getting a bunch of things done. You’ll be relaxed and reap massive rewards. In this post, you’ll get my top tips for being efficient while operating from home.
#1. Start Early
More and more work is being “freedom-based.” Meaning; you decide where you work and when you work. Now, there might be a problem with the second part—if you want to be as productive as possible.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that when you wake up late—you’re less inclined to getting things done. Here’s what you could be thinking subconsciously:
- What’s the point of starting work now? It feels like the whole day has passed.
- 12 a clock—It’s lunch time. Guess I deserve a 1-hour lunch break even though I just worked for 1 hour.
- The time is already 6 pm. I should stop working—there’s too much noise going on and I feel unfocused. Better to start fresh tomorrow.
- It’s getting dark = it’s time to wrap things up.
Try waking up earlier and see if you notice a difference. Commit to getting up at 5 am one day, and you’ll be astonished about how much you’ve accomplished when the time is 3 pm. Just make sure you get to bed earlier after that. If you’re too tired—you could easily get distracted and sidetracked on activities like social media. Check social and answer messages—but not when you’re the most productive.
#2. Turn Off The Sound On Your Mobile Phone
It has been said that when a person gets interrupted while working—it takes 15 minutes to get back to the same level of productivity. So each time you’re interrupted—you are wasting valuable time.
Turn off your mobile phone, applications and notifications while working. Heck! Turn off your internet (if you don’t need it of course). Let your incoming calls wait and don’t feel bad just because you can’t answer immediately. Be proactive and not reactive.
#3. Use a Timer
Create a sense of urgency by setting a timer. This work needs to be completed within 30, 60 or 90 minutes. Here are some examples of tasks that you can urge yourself to complete by setting a timer:
- I write 1000 words.
- Now I will make 40 phone calls.
- All 30 emails will be answered.
Always bulk your tasks. Multitasking is the most inefficient way of working (remember the 15 minutes discussed in #2).
#4. Take Breaks
Let your mind rest and recharge. If you’ve been working on a heady problem; shake your body, run some intervals, rest or call a friend to get your thoughts on something else. Work in spurts by using the timer—but rest in between.
Have your rest intervals be 10-20 minutes long.
#5. Set a Working Time
Setting a specified working time can be hard when you’re a business owner or working from home. Sometimes you get overwhelmed by work and sometimes—you might have fewer burdens.
But if you are going to be following tip #1 which was about getting up early—then you can’t be working until 3 am. The problem for people that are working from home is that it can be easy to lose the rituals that you once had when you worked your 9-5 job.
If you got kids especially—don’t you want to be present when they are home? So my advice is—don’t lose your working time just because you’re working freedom-based! 7-12, 9-5 or 8-7 aren’t bad times to be working.
#6. Plan Your Day the Night Before
Planning your day the night before has numerous upsides—here are some of them:
- Your subconscious mind will work on solutions for solving your problems while you’re sleeping. This means that you’ll most likely complete your tasks a lot faster.
- You’ll get up and live more frictionless. Know what to do, what to wear and what to eat. This will allow you to save your decision-making energy. We only have some much energy—and yes; your energy is being taxed every time you need to make a decision. So make it easy for yourself by planning as much as possible the night before!
Write down your outcome for the day. Which tasks will you complete and when will you complete them?
#7. Eliminate and Prioritize
Don’t create a list of 20 things you need to do on one day. That will overwhelm you. Instead, focus on 2-3 things. Make sure that you prioritize your activities. Answer this question: Which one action will give me the most results?
Now, this one task—is probably the one that you like to procrastinate on the most. Stop it! Eat that frog as Brian Tracy calls it. At the end of the day, you’ll feel a lot prouder and fulfilled. Even if you only accomplish that thing for the day—oppose to if you were to check off 20 little things.
Goal Setting And Working From Home
We’ve now gone through 7 different tips for being more efficient when working from home. Now, we’ve still not covered the “gold nugget” that I owe a lot to. The gold nugget is goal setting. I don’t know what I would do without it. Here are just some of the goals that have helped me:
- Sales goals
- Income goals
- Action goals
- Personal finance goals
- Business goals
As the saying goes—if you don’t know where you’re going—any road will take you there. You decide your destiny or someone else will decide it for you. Guess what they have planned for you.
So take it upon yourself to create goals. Don’t be one of the 97% of people who don’t have written goals. Here are some free resources that can help you:
- How To Set Goals in Life That Are Achievable and Life changing
- How To Achieve Goals That You Have Set For Yourself
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Take care and I’ll see you in the next post!