I love lists, they are my go to for almost everything. I tend to keep a clean and quiet work area too, office with a door that will close and lock if needed (I have kids). Sometimes people get really distracted when it comes to social sites too so I try to avoid them during work hours unless I am on the company pages.
I think the very last point is of utmost importance! If we do everything in the list, our work will be of no use if we do not groom the next generation! If we do not do that, it will fail or die out over time
Great points! In order to be successful you really have to be able to put aside all distractions and actually put effort into it. You won't learn and get better at your skill if you don't care about your work.
Here are the things that I know have kept me successful:
1. Have a To Do list with only 3 goals to work on each day. Anything more will create burnout.
2. Make a habit of sticking to a routine. Successful people simply get up every day and do the same stuff over and over.
3. Snacks. Have lots of snacks!
4. Listen to classical music or a rainstorm while working to quickly quiet your mind and put you in "the zone".
5. The numbers 3, 5, and 10 seem to be magical numbers when it comes to business.
I agree with that. I've even noticed that when I try to force motivation, it leads to frustration and a bad mood. If I fall into a bad mood, I will head off to take a nap (just as you would send a child to bed ). When I wake up, I am refreshed and ready to start again. The power of sleep is real!
In my experience, if you want to be productive, you have to:
1) tell your room mates/relatives/SO to stop bothering your. Just because you work from home, it doesn't mean I have more spare time;
2) block Reddit/Facebook/any browser game during the day (sorry tribal wars!);
3) block the Facebook notifications on your phone;
4) plan each and every task. Don't just write it, write down also how much time it should take and so on.
5) wake up early and work a little before you go to the gym. If you wake up late, go to the gym do some shopping and some chores, then you'll do nothing productive the whole day long.
Routine is a key word for me when it comes to working from home. It's very hard sometimes to be able to motivate yourself, but treat your working day as you would if you had a regular, real world job.
Get up at a regular, early time. Eat, then start work. Take a break, have lunch, then pick a time to finish and stick to it. I've known a lot of people having to work up until 11 pm somtimes because they've got up late. Instead of starting work they've nipped out or made a call to a friend, that kind of thing.
Your working from home. WORKING...and it needs to be treated as such.
I think the main thing is to treat it as your job. At the end of the day it IS your job afterall and if you worked in a store or a factory you'd have to stick to a specific routine. Working from home is just the same.
Run your calendar or it will run you. I own a salon and started an at-home business that has taken off unexpectedly. I have learned to keep everything in a calendar to plan my time. I also keep my vision board next to me. My family knows I am working and they can also see what I am working toward.
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