For those of us who work from home, we all know the temptations. The temptations to just turn on one show on Netflix. To take a long lunch. To sleep in. Etc etc. And while those things are wonderful and the flexibility is part of why we decided to work for ourselves, it can also hold us and our businesses back big time! So let's talk about some tips that implementing will help us work way more efficiently!
Cut out distractions
No Netflix. Turn the notifications off of your phone. Getting notified/distracted every time someone likes on of your Instagram pictures will not help your business day. Shut that background noise out.
Set work hours
I understand that sometimes our hours aren't super consistent. But some level of consistency will actually boost productivity. Let's say you aren't a morning person and plan on starting work at 11am every day. Make that the rule then. That you are going to start work at 11 everyday and end at 6pm. (Or whatever hours work for your life.) Once you have set hours, you are going to be more likely to get everything done before the end of the work day. If you already know that at 6 you are going to allow yourself Netflix and dinner and what not then you are going to hustle more during the work hours so you don't have to work through your Netflix time! You might even finish work early!
Allow yourself breaks
I know this sounds a little counterproductive. But we can all get so into our work that our heads are spinning and we don't remember why we opened that new tab on the internet anymore. It's okay to step away for 10 minutes. To go for a walk. To watch a silly youtube video. Or to grab a snack. Whatever it is you need to do to regain focus. Just make sure to set a time limit on how long you want to allow your break to be. Otherwise before you know it, it'll be 8pm and you've watched 354 youtube videos about cats.
Make a plan
What do you need to get done this week? Make a list of all the things that need to be done. As you sit down to work start with the big things or the dreaded things on the list first so you can spend the majority of your day and week on the more enjoyable things!
Minimize Email Checks
How many times do we check our email a day? Probably dozens and dozens if you're like me! I have limited my email checks to twice a day! I mean if I need to grab something from an email for work then of course I will sign in and do so. But new emails only get read in the morning when I first open my computer and then about an hour before I am done for the day so I can get any new emails answered before I end the day. It saves so much time in my workday to not get sucked into long email back and forth.
These are just a few of the ways to get more done in less time. What are some tips you have implemented in your business? Share in the comments below!