Working From Home: Productivity
So I have been working from home for about 2 months – it has been difficult for many reasons. Such as:
- There is no structure
- Working at random hours
So how have I made it through these last few months? Dedication, is one word I could call it. Truth is I have had to create structure, I have had to stop myself from working at random hours and I have had to eliminate any distractions.
How have I done this?
Well in order to create structure I have had to create a to-do-list. I downloaded an app called todoist and it is life changing. You can organise your day completely! Hell, you can organise your life. So I would definitely suggest downloading that if you need a little help with creating structure.
If you struggle with how to break down your day, here’s how I do it!
- Today (critical now tasks)
- Tomorrow (opportunity now tasks)
- Next Week (over the horizon task)
The idea is so to make sure all your critical now tasks are complete before 11 am. That way you have the rest of the day to go through your opportunity now tasks – the idea is to ensure you are always on schedule and also a head of it too.
How to ensure I do not work random hours? It is simple – my working day is between 9-5 with an hour’s lunch in between – the rest of my time I do the things I want to do.
How to eliminate distractions – I am terrible at this, I sit and work while watching Netflix so I may not be the best person to take advice from on this – that is why I need todoist – it keeps me focused. I can track what I have been doing all day – I do have the odd day where it feels like nothing has been achieved but when I look at my todoist I can see that actually I’ve not done too badly.
I have enjoyed working from home but I am looking forward to getting back into the office – I have realised that although freelancing is fantastic and it is something I will always dabble in; I really do like the office environment. So I guess if you truly want to make it work at home, you need a place separate from your home. It needs to be a place where people will knock before they enter, where they will schedule in time to speak with you, because working at home has many distractions and honestly some of them can be unavoidable. I guess we find ourselves coming back to the first thing I said in this blog post – how do I get work done at home? Dedication.
I hope that some of the things I have mentioned have been helpful, let me know if you have any suggestions for this blog post – feel free to email me them or write in the contact box – I will write another post with all your ideas on.