If you’re a blogger like me, you are probably working from home. But the problem with blogging and any job where you are working from home is staying productive. Here’s a few tips on how to stay productive and separate your work time from home time.
Get Used To The Sound Of Alarms
I’m not just talking about waking up on time either. Although admittedly, that would be a good start. If you want to know how productive you are, there’s a simple test. Estimate how long it should take you to do a task and then find out how long it actually takes. For instance, it should take you approximately ten to fifteen minutes to type 500 words if you are quite a fast typer. If it’s taking you half an hour, you’re moving too slowly. It’s time to pick up the pace! You can do this with any task that you need to complete while working from home and make sure you aren’t stretching your breaks too far.
Plan Your Day, Month And Year
It’s a good idea to buy a diary or calendar when you’re working from home. That way, you can set different goals and things that you need to get done in a certain amount of time. The Busy B Calendar 2016 could be the perfect accessory for your home office. You can write how much content you need by the end of the week. Or, you can set yourself a deadline to get a second blog up and running. How about making a goal of how many followers you want by July. If you don’t set yourself deadlines, you’ll be surprised how little you get done throughout the year. Christmas will come around again, and you’ll realise you’ve wasted an entire year. That might sound difficult to do, but you’d be amazing how fast time goes.
Treat Your Home Like An Office
It’s a good idea to treat your home like an office. If you like, you can pretend there is a boss always looking over your shoulder. There are certain things you can’t do in an office. You can’t switch on the TV for half an hour and chill. You can’t browse the internet and go on sites unrelated to work unless you’re on lunch. You shouldn’t spend your time browsing Facebook. You get the idea. If you treat your working at home job like any other, you’ll get a lot more done.
9 To 5
Lastly, it’s important to think of your work day with a set time to start and finish. Similar to the office rule you wouldn’t leave at three so don’t stop working from home until five. You’re still getting a longer evening than most people because you won’t have to fight rush hour traffic.
I hope you found this advice helpful and hopefully we can all work towards a productive 2016.