Working from home is the dream of many entrepreneurs. Although it can be fantastic, it also has its flats… and, honestly, it’s not for everyone.
There are people who cannot get a business off the ground because they start with the wrong idea of what it means to work from home.
Many are enthusiastic about the idea of working in pajamas and slippers, without make-up, without worrying about start and end times, without having to travel, putting together their own agenda, without having to account to anyone for the work done, etc., etc…
But working from home also has its cons. Too much flexibility can be counterproductive when thinking about issues such as productivity, income, etc.
That feeling of infinite freedom that overwhelms us usually translates into interspersing particular tasks in work hours, sometimes we don’t even establish a work schedule, sitting down to have another cup of coffee while we finish reading that interesting chapter before starting our work and then we add another chapter, totally later we compensate… and before we know it the boys from school arrive and peace is over. A ruined day at work.
But there is hope, you can be productive and run a business from home
How To Be Productive When You Work From Home
Although you don’t need to dress up and put on makeup to go to the office, you should know that changing your nightwear and combing your hair is the first act to face the day with energy. It’s saying to yourself, “I’m ready to start working.”
2.Have A Work Plan
In a job in a dependency relationship, they tell you perfectly what you have to do every day. But when you work for yourself, and especially when your business hasn’t taken off yet, the best way to waste time is not having a specific schedule of tasks to do.
The concept here is to plan and tie it to an agenda.
3.Once You Have A List Of Tasks, The Most Effective Thing Is To Prioritize.
The criteria for establishing priorities usually vary from person to person, but as an indication, it is better to start with the most critical tasks for our work.
Sometimes when we see that a task is difficult or is going to take a long time, we put it off and never complete it.
One of the most satisfying ways to end the day is to know that even if there are pending tasks, at least the most important one is done.
Another alternative is to focus first on the tasks that produce the most money.
4.When Facing Those Priority Tasks, It Is Convenient To Close The Mail And Facebook.
If you don’t keep it at bay, Facebook is the main cause of distraction as there is no way that social activities will not attract our attention.
5.Another Distracting Element When You Are Trying To Carry Out The Main Goal Of The Day Is The Phone.
Here there are several solutions: have someone else answer, put an answering machine, or turn it off (during a task that requires a lot of concentration).
In addition, the phone when working at home has an extra danger, calls from the family (oh mothers…) because they know you are at home and, honestly, the idea of you working while at home still does not finish closing them…
It can also be the other way around if the clients know that you work from home, it is possible that they call you at 11 at night because at that time you are unoccupied… In those cases, it is best to ask for a second line and not answer the family line on scheduled work, or attend the commercial during family hours.
6.Allocate Time To Each Task
This is very important for people who have trouble concentrating. An alternative is to assign periods of time in which you have to do only the task that you set for yourself. This time management technique is called Pomodoro and there are software that help you.
To be productive when you work from home you need to: dress appropriately, remove distractions, limit the phone, prioritize and schedule tasks, and use a timer to manage your time.
If you stand firm, little by little you will establish work habits, and your business will benefit.