HANDY TIPS FOR STAYING PRODUCTIVE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME

HANDY TIPS FOR STAYING PRODUCTIVE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME

Do you struggle to be productive when you work from home? As I mentioned last week, there can be many distractions when you work from home. Today I thought I would share 7 handy tips I use to make sure I stay productive when I work from home.

From investing in a good chair to eating properly, check out 7 handy tips for staying productive when you work from home.

1. Get dressed instead of staying in your pajamas all day. Getting dressed and having a shower will help you to mentally get yourself in the working zone before you start.

2. Invest in a good chair. You will be sat in the same chair for about 40 hours a week for the foreseeable future, so it is important to get one that provides back support and is adjustable.

3. Keep your work space tidy so you don’t get distracted by mess on your desk. Mess also makes it harder for you to find things you need, so it can slow you down once you’ve got started.

4. Close the door so you don’t have to listen to your family or housemates. It may feel antisocial, but listening to others talk and socialize is likely to make you want to stop working.

5. Don’t reply to texts or messages from your friends while you work. You may feel that it only takes a few seconds to reply once, but people rarely only reply once, and a conversation could ruin your productivity.

6. Make sure you eat lunch and breakfast every day. You may not feel hungry to start with, but eventually your focus will wane and you will struggle to stay on track for the rest of the day.

7. Keep working even when it is difficult. Even if you don’t feel productive and you don’t want to keep going, try to work for at least one more hour. Knowing you can finish within the hour may give you the added motivation to get through the difficult work.

4 WEIRD DISTRACTIONS YOU FACE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME PART TWO

4 WEIRD DISTRACTIONS YOU FACE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME PART TWO

Do you work from home? Working from home opens up a whole new world of strange distractions, from chairs that are too comfortable to life admin you need to catch up on.

Check out 4 weird distractions you may have faced if you work from home.

1. Your Pets

Every day, at some point while you work, your pet will come up to you and try to get your attention. They could want food, letting outside, a stroke, or simply your attention, but you always end up giving in and giving them what they what. They are too cute to ignore – unlike the seven work emails you need to reply to.

2. Any Food In The House

There is delicious food in your cupboards and fridge, and you could be eating it right now. Maybe you will go make yourself a little healthy snack, like a sandwich or a salad. You travel to the kitchen, and spend fifteen minutes looking in your fridge and cupboard- only to settle on toast.

3. How Clean Your House Is

The floor in your bedroom needs vacuuming, and you’ve just noticed that your office desk has a few crumbs on it. The thing is – you never notice any of the mess until you’re supposed to be doing work. You quickly wipe the crumbs off the desk and try not to think about your bedroom floor. You try even harder to not think about all the dirty dishes and laundry.

4. The Internet

The only reason why you went on Youtube was to put some good background music on, but the recommended video was cute kittens – you HAD to click on it. The only thing is, that was over an hour ago – now you’re reading about different cat breeds on Wikipedia while searching cat hashtags on Instagram.

What did you guys think of this follow-up piece? I thought I would write another post about distractions you can be faced with when you work from home as I really enjoyed writing the last piece. Let me know if you can think of any other distractions that I could be faced with when I work from home!

4 WEIRD DISTRACTIONS YOU FACE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME

4 WEIRD DISTRACTIONS YOU FACE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME

Do you work from home? There can be many strange and surprising distractions in the home, from social media to the kitchen chairs. Sometimes it can just be too difficult to stay focused; check out four of the biggest distractions you face when you work from home.

1. Life Admin

The second you open up your laptop, you remember all of the general jobs you were putting off over the weekend. You need to email your landlord about the problem with the boiler, and you need to call your parents because it’s been over a month since you last spoke to them. You’ll just give them a quick call now, and get straight on with your work afterwards…. Oh, after you’ve given your best friend a ring. After all, it’s been two whole days since you last spoke to them.

2. The Comfort Level Of Your Chair

Or at least, the lack of comfort. The chair in the kitchen is far too hard and unforgiving to sit on for eight hours, but the chair in your bedroom is way too comfortable and squishy for you to stay focussed. You normally sit in your office chair, but that chair just started creaking loudly whenever you move.

3. The TV Show You’re Currently Watching

You’ve just started the second season of Orange Is The New Black and you’re totally hooked. After a few hours of working, your mind slips to the last episode you watched. You just need to watch one episode to see what the next part of the story will be – maybe you will watch one while you eat lunch. Just the one, of course….

4. Your Office Options

When you work from home, you can basically work wherever you want to in the house. Yes, your office is quiet and peaceful, but the kitchen is so warm and sunny in the morning. And the sofa is so comfy after a long morning sat on the uncomfortable kitchen chair – but it provides you with a whole new distraction; the TV.

What did you guys think of this post? Just so you know, I don’t normally struggle to focus on work once I’ve started, but these distractions have all tempted me at least a few times! Especially that kitchen chair. 😉

Life Skills That Will Benefit You Forever Part 2

Life Skills That Will Benefit You Forever Part 2

Earlier this week we covered different life skills that make your day-to-day life and career easier, from time management to sleep management.

Today I am going to cover four different life skills that are equally as helpful – check out four life skills that will benefit you forever once you know them.

1. Being consistent – Whether you are exercising, studying, working, or spending time with your loved ones, consistency is key. Putting hard work in is not actually that hard – the hard part is doing it every day, repeatedly, until you reach success.

2. Minding your own business – Lots of people struggle to mind their own business – other people are pretty interesting, in their defense! However following other people’s journeys is a waste of your time and resources. Instead, focus on yourself and your own journey. Are you working hard? Are you achieving your goals? Are you happy?

3. Asking others for help – you cannot do everything yourself, and trying to will make you stressed out and aggravated. You may worry asking for help makes you seem incompetent or weak, but this is absolutely not the case – everyone requires help in some areas, and getting that help often creates better results.

4. Having a proactive mind-set – Your mind is the tool that lets you stay in bed all day, or get up and exercise and work. Choose to have a more proactive mind-set, and consciously push yourself forward every day. Get rid of the excuses, and instead ask yourself; why can’t you achieve something today? What is stopping you? Is that a valid reason?

What did you guys think of this post? I decided to write a follow-up post, as I think mind-set and perspective can really change the way we live our lives. If you can think of any other life skills that you think are really useful, comment your ideas below and let me know! 🙂

Life Skills That Will Benefit You Forever

Life Skills That Will Benefit You Forever

The best things in life are free; family, friends, good times and a good life skills. Great life skills will make your life both happier and more productive – check out 4 life skills that are hard to learn but will benefit you forever.

1. Empathy – Empathy is an important emotion used to help forge and maintain relationships. Without empathy, you may struggle to relate to other people’s emotions and feelings. Empathy can also help you in the work world of networking.

2. Time management – Time management is an essential skill that is highly valued by employers – and your loved ones! If you struggle with time management, buy a calendar, a diary and keep notes on your phone; if you work at better time management for a few weeks, you will notice a considerable difference before a month has passed.

3. Being in control of your sleeping pattern – many people struggle to fall asleep or wake up, and their sleep patterns are actually making their day-to-day life harder. Try to make sure you get between seven and eight hours sleep a night, and try to get up at the same time on your days off – this will help you to fall into a better sleeping pattern.

4. A positive inner dialogue – What others think of you is rarely important, but what you think of yourself is very important. Your day-to-day life will be easier if you believe in yourself and you are confident about your decisions. If you feel like you have low self-confidence and a negative inner dialogue, ask yourself these questions; why do I feel this way? Should I speak to someone about my feelings? Do I feel like I make good decisions?

Can you think of any other important life skills that make life easier? Comment your ideas below – I hope you’re all having a great week!

5 Ways To Help You To Get The Perfect Work Life Balance Part 2

5 Ways To Help You To Get The Perfect Work/Life Balance Part 2

Do you struggle to find a good balance between work and play? Many people either work too hard or relax too much, and they struggle to change their lifestyles. If you struggle to find the perfect work/life balance, check out 5 more ways you can find the perfect work balance.

1. Limit your work hours

Working extremely long hours isn’t good for your mental health – or your family’s mental health. However, some people have to work longer hours – maybe they are starting their own business, or they run a company. If this is you, set out your work hours at the beginning of the week. Make sure you work 8 hours at least one day of the week every week – if you work late on the other days, you should have no work issues, and this can be something for your family to rely on.

2. Work with your personal energy

We all have natural energy cycles; some people work better first thing in the morning, while others get all of their best work done during the night. Think about when you are most productive and try to work for a few hours during this time. As you will be feeling extra productive and motivated, you will complete more work than normal during this time, freeing up time at different points in the day.

3. Delegate tasks

If you really struggle to take time off work, you may need to delegate some of your tasks to others. From hiring an assistant at work to paying a cleaner to clean your house once a week, these methods can help you to focus on your most important work while still having some time to yourself.

4. Plan a holiday

No matter how busy you are, you can afford to take a few days off a year through delegating tasks. Time off will relax your body and mind, making you a more efficient worker generally. If you can’t afford to take a week off work, book one day off and make plans with your loved ones for the day. This will help you to enjoy your life while refocusing and recharging.

5. Join a club

If you work so often you struggle to maintain friendships, consider joining a club. This will help you to enjoy your time off while also offering you the opportunity to socialize. There are various clubs, from cooking to swimming – have a look and see if anything takes your fancy!

Do you have any advice for anyone who is hoping to find a better balance between their work and their personal life? Comment your ideas below! 🙂

We Debunk 5 Popular Myths About Working From Home

We Debunk 4 Common Myths About Working From Home

Do you work from home? If you do, you may have encountered these common myths about working from home. Here we debunk 4 of the most popular myths surrounding working from home.

The myth – There isn’t much money in working from home.

The truth – There are many legitimate websites offering jobs you can do from home, such as Odesk or Elance. The pay may not be great to start with, but if you work diligently and build up a portfolio, you can decide how much you want to charge. Being freelance means you can choose your own rates – but if they aren’t realistic, you may not get many clients.

The myth – It is difficult to stay focused while working from home.

The truth – It can always be difficult to focus on work, whether you work from home or in an office! If you have an office area you only use for work, getting dressed in the morning and sitting in your work space will often get the creative juices flowing. If you’re still struggle to focus, social media can be the devil – but most freelancers I know love their jobs too much to stay distracted for too long.

The myth – Most work from home jobs are scams.

The truth – There are thousands of scam jobs online – and thousands of legitimate jobs, too. Peopleperhour offers legitimate jobs, and you can find clients in your area who are willing to pay you real money for your work.

The myth – My clients won’t take me seriously if I work from home.

The truth – As long as the product you’re creating is good, your clients won’t care where you’re working from. It is very rare you will even discuss your working environment with clients – normally you will only discuss the work you are completing for them, just as you would in an office environment.

Do you work from home? What are the most common misconceptions about working from home that you have heard? Comment your suggestions below!