Tips for Increasing Your Productivity While Working from Home

by WorkFromHome on September 6, 2011

Anyone who does work from home understands and appreciates the freedom that working from home affords. Having the opportunity to make money from home is a dream for most. When you work for yourself, you ultimately hold the key to your financial success. You can choose to work part-time, full-time, or as you see fit. Although this is an incredible tool to have, many who work from home would agree that one of the most difficult aspects of the job is sticking to a schedule and maximizing earnings. When you work from home, you have more distractions than you would in a typical office setting. Most have children, pets, spouses, and/or other family members living in the home that often require the attention of the home-based professional.

When you add in a ringing phone, piles of laundry that need to be done, and a refrigerator and television only a few feet away, it can be difficult to stay focused on work and maximize the earning potential. Here are a few tips for increasing your productivity while working from home. Each will help you regain control of your workday and increase your profits.

  1. Be your own boss – While this may sound obvious, if you think about it, do you hold yourself accountable if your wok does not get done? Do you schedule your shift and breaks as a boss typically would? For most that work from home a typical day starts whenever you wake up, have coffee, get the kids off to school, and shower. There is no set time to begin and no end time scheduled. You most likely get up and down to do a variety of daily chores all throughout the day. In order to become more productive, you have to get tough with yourself. Create a set work schedule that fits your lifestyle and stick to it, no matter what. Make sure to schedule in breaks for meals and mini-breaks to stretch your legs and rest your eyes.
  2. Set a timer – For those with more limited blocks of available time, setting a kitchen timer is a great way to push working harder and more productively. If you spend a large chunk of time in front of your computer and you have a laptop, many use the laptop battery as their timer. Freelance writers, data entry specialists, and others who rely solely on their computer for work and own a laptop like to start working when the laptop battery is fully charged and unplugged. They crank out as much work as they can before the battery-low indicator light comes on. This is a similar principle as a kitchen timer. Both methods give you a specific amount of time to work against which ultimately increases productivity.
  3. Remember to reward yourself – If you reach a particular daily monetary goal or work a set number of hours in any given day, be sure to reward your hard work. For smaller goals, renting a movie or enjoying a favorite dessert can be a great reward. If a more monumental goal is achieved, perhaps taking a weekend getaway trip or treating yourself to a massage or spa day would be more appropriate. Rewarding your goals will keep you motivated on your path to becoming more productive.
  4. Inform your family of your daily schedule – For most, family is the reason why working from home was established. Although it can be convenient for family members to have you at home, they have to remember that you have a job to do just like someone does who works outside of the home. Family can often take for granted that you are able to work from home. They may ask you to run errands for them or interrupt your work day with requests for help or assistance. Although it may be hard, it is important to sit down with your family and share your schedule with them. Have them pretend that you are not home during these scheduled hours and that you must be left to your work during these critical times. They will appreciate you more and enjoy the time they are able to spend with you when you are not working, and you can get more done during your workday.
  5. Think of earning money for fun; not to pay bills – Most home business owners or work from home professionals earn money to contribute to the expenses. A quick and simple trick to help increase your productivity is to tell your mind that you intend to purchase something specific for yourself rather than pay for bills with your earnings. Although it is not true, your productivity is guaranteed to increase.

With a few simple tricks and strategies, you can increase your productivity and maximize your earnings without considerable effort on your part.

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