Here are a series of practical tips on how to remain productive when working from home:
1. Use the first few minutes of your home working day to set out your daily goals and objectives:
It’s easy to become distracted when working from home, as you have no co – worker or supervisor framework for managing your time and relationships. A key thing to do at the start of each day is to create each morning a list of goals and tasks that you want to achieve that day. Setting things out in writing helps clarify your thoughts and you can work through the list and tick things off as you achieve them. This also brings a great sense of satisfaction throughout the day when you can review your task list and celebrate no matter how small your progress and achievements. Make use of the many really helpful planning and task management tools within your different software programmes. Google mail has some fantastic features which link back into your email in box so that you are constantly reminded of key tasks within your schedule and planner.
2. Let People Know You Are Working:
It’s all too easy for family members and friends to feel that you are accessible and available when actually you need to be focusing your time on your business, so be sure to let everyone know that even though you’re home, you’re committed each day to building your business. You will ultimately be more popular as a family and business leader if you generate the guaranteed income and prosperity for your family by remaining committed and focused.
3. Schedule your time around your own productivity:
One of the great benefits of basing your business at home is that you can work the hours that fit in with your family schedule and your own personal productivity. So if you have a creative brain storm in the middle of the night and you want to capture that and leverage it in your business, then working in the wee small hours just becomes part of your working day. If you enjoy the tranquility of the very early morning and you’re able to work without interruption and intrusion at this time, then make this a really key part of your day and don’t worry if you then take a few hours to yourself later in the day or if you finish your day in the mid afternoon.
4. Keep Work and Home Separate:
This is a critical part of the discipline needed when managing the home based business. Wherever possible try to keep your work space physically separate from other parts of your home. Create a professional environment. Ensure you have the comfort and physical support of good desking, furniture and systems. Wherever possible ensure your work space has access to natural light and keep all your office resources at your finger tips. Following these simple, proven recommendations will ensure that you don’t become distracted or have to leave your office environment for unnecessary breaks. This discipline is one of the key success factors in those who have generated significant wealth and profitability from their home business. Getting the balance right here will ensure you can attain the life style values which combine income success with contentment and time flexibility.
5. Schedule your day – including the breaks:
As you will not have a co – worker from a near by office asking if you want to walk to the local restaurant or sandwich bar, it’s important that you personally take care of your own well being by ensuring that you get a way from the desk to refresh and re – charge. Personally I like to exercise by going out for a run, going to the gym or walking my dogs. As there are risks to your productivity by becoming overly focused and stale through long hours tapping on the key board, clicking through sites and staring at the screen, it’s vital that you provide yourself with a break, which in turn will magnify your productivity.
6. Take advantage of your advantage:
Working from home means you can be agile and flexible, so take advantage of this by leveraging the wealth of web based support tools that are out there. With the advent of Web 2.0, businesses increasingly need to react in real time, as the most up-to-date information is the most relevant to your business. Be responsive to inquiries and emails immediately, make quick decisions, change the rules, and embrace a new business philosophy of being accessible, open, responsive and supportive. After all, you are not in a hierarchical structure where you need to gain approval from your boss. Personalize your business brand as much as possible. Make, “You Inc” a brand to remember. This is your unique advantage so make the most of it.
So if you’re reading this article and considering your own personal decision to start your home business, you may be wondering what are the factor that are driving so many people to make this change? In my research I found that the following are the main reasons for the explosion of home business success:
– A lack of trust and resentment of large, faceless and often bureaucratic organizations.
– The amazing power of new social media providing individuals with the ability to build personal brands and connect globally with a universe of contacts.
– Social issues impacting the role and values within families and the growing desire to seek stability and security within a tight family unit.
– Green and environmental issues impacting peoples’ personal attitudes towards travel, commuting, quality of life and emissions and carbon footprint reduction.
– A desire to be generally closer to home and your immediate community.