4 WAYS TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF WHILE WORKING FROM HOME

It can be tough to work from home. Unlike in an office, there are no co-workers or bosses – but there is a TV filled with new episodes of your favorite TV shows. If you struggle to work from home, use these four methods to become more productive.

Organize your day
It can be very useful to plan your day before you start. Many people who work from home struggle to switch the laptop off and stop working (or start!), and they often forget to take breaks or eat food, which leaves them feeling burned out. Plan your full working day before it starts, including breaks.

Don’t be unrealistic
It is important to be ambitious, but being unrealistic can demotivate you. It would be great to complete 12 hours of work each day before working out at the gym – but it is unrealistic. Instead set daily working goals that are both achievable and challenging.

Share ideas
If you work from home it is likely that you work alone. This can be demotivating as it sometimes feels like you have no-one to share ideas with. If you feel this way, consider speaking to your house-mates about your work or joining a forum where you can share and discuss ideas with other people.

Reward yourself
You can motivate yourself by planning rewards for completing difficult tasks. You can reward yourself with a snack, or a quick break, or even a glass of wine during the evening. Try telling someone else about your goal so that you don’t feel tempted to cheat!

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HOW TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE WHEN WORKING FROM HOME

 

It can be hard to be productive when you work from home. There are distractions everywhere, from the lay in you could be having to the tempting television. If you struggle to stay productive when you work from home, check out these 4 tips.

 

Wear something that isn’t your PJs

Sure, it is pretty cool that you can work from home in your comfies, but it can also ruin your productivity. Get yourself into the right mind-set every morning by putting on proper clothes to signal the beginning of your working day.

Create a commute

Plan a small trip around your block or to your local shop before you start working. This helps you to set a work day ritual, and it gives you the chance to plan out your day before you start.

Make your own work space

Working from your bed or sofa can give you back problems, and it makes it harder to get into a productive mind-set. Set up a desk and chair with good lighting in a free space that you can use. Consider taking your work outside your home occasionally by working in the park or a coffee shop to give you a change of scenery.

Take breaks

Just like anyone who works in an office, you need breaks. Little breaks help your mind to stay refreshed and focused, and it will boost your mood – no-one wants a stressful work day!

 

Do you have any other tips for people who work from home? Let me know with a comment!

2 EASY WAYS TO MAKE YOUR RESUME STAND OUT

Searching for a job is extremely tough. It involves a lot of work; crafting your resume, searching for job listings and online job boards, writing countless different cover letters, preparing for interviews and finally, interviewing.

If you are what to make sure that your resume stands out among the rest, check out two essential tips you should follow.

1. Show off your personality
It often seems like there are too many people and not enough jobs. Many people apply for hundreds of jobs without even securing an interview, which can feel demoralising and frustrating. Make sure your resume stands out by filling it with your personality. Include any volunteering or networking that you have done, and include some character in your cover letter. If you make the interviewer smile, they are much more likely to remember your resume later.

 

2. Take any advice you get

 

If you applied for a job and didn’t get the position, email the company to see if they can provide you with any feedback. It could only have been one thing on your resume that stopped you getting the job, and if you change that now, you are more likely to get hired later. Sometimes it can be hurtful getting constructive criticism, but remind yourself it is just that; it is constructive criticism, designed to help you improve.

 

Do you agree with this? Do you disagree? Let me know with a comment! I hope everyone is enjoying the new year!

4 WAYS TO FIND THE PERFECT WORK-LIFE BALANCE

4 WAYS TO FIND THE PERFECT WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Many people struggle to find the perfect work-life balance. The best way to create a balance between your work and your personal life is to focus on the long-term; you may have to put more energy into either work or your personal life for a few days, but over a long period of time you should have found a good balance between the two.

Check out 4 ways you can make sure you have the perfect work-life balance.

1. Use technology to be flexible, rather than permanently connected

Technology has completely changed the way we work. However, whether you use technology positively or negatively while you work is up to you. Constantly checking work emails and notifications when you are at home can make it feel like you never really left work, making it hard for you to find a balance. Instead, use technology to be flexible – check your work emails while you commute, and make a Skype call if there is an emergency. If not, put your work phone down – or even better, switch it off.

2. Treat a day off as a vacation

Treat all of your days off like a vacation. This will help you to put away your work phone without feeling guilty, and you are less likely to waste your free time. Instead you will try to have as much fun as you can, so when you go back to work you can say you truly had ‘me’ time.

3. Create a compromise between the two

Some days you will have a heavy workload and you will need to stay late, and some days you will have an emergency and home and you won’t be able to go into work. If you have to put a lot of time and effort into either work or home, put the same amount of effort into the other later down the line. This compromise helps you to succeed in both your home and work life.

4. Set a time to finish work for when you work at home

If you still have work to do when you get home, which is the case for many people, set a finish time for home. For instance you may leave the office at 5 to work at home, but your home finish time is 7. This means you can still get work done from home without losing your chill-out time.

4 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY TO YOUR BOSS

It is very useful for your boss to respect you as it means you’re more likely to move up in the company, and your ideas are more likely to be implemented. It also makes the workplace a less stressful and more enjoyable place to be. However there are actually a few phrases that you should avoid using around your boss – check them out here.

1. “I sent the work out last week, this isn’t my problem”

Passing blame onto co-workers or the boss is a real problem for some people. If your team are slacking and it is slowing you down, openly and calmly speak to your boss about the issue. If you need your boss to do something so work can be completed, remind them. It can be very frustrating to chase after others, but it is much better than silently seething about the issue while work is being affected.

2. “Oh that wasn’t a big deal”

If your boss compliments you, take the compliment! You have worked hard and you shouldn’t shrug it off. Accept the compliment – it shows self-confidence and acknowledges your hard work.

3. “This isn’t the way we used to do it”

Worrying about change and trying to stick to old methods rarely bodes well in the work environment. Most companies are looking to move forward in many ways, making technological and environmental advances. It is great if you have suggestions – this can show you are interested and invested in the company, but complaining without offering a solution will only come across in a negative light.

4. “I’m late because my yoga class ran over”

Yoga is great, but your boss probably won’t accept this as a reason to be late. Many people use half excuses which don’t really excuse them from their duties – instead, it shows their priorities. “I’m late today because my boiler exploded” is a totally valid reason, but “I’m late because the queue at the coffee shop was really long” probably isn’t.

What do you think of this list? Have you ever said something really bad to one of your bosses? Let me know in the comment section! I hope everyone is having a great day! 🙂

5 AWESOME GIFTS FOR WRITERS

5 AWESOME GIFTS FOR WRITERS PART TWO

Hey guys!

I thought I’d do some more awesome gifts to buy for writers – or if you are a writer, some great items you can treat yourself to. Last time I wrote about waterproof paper and a zero-gravity pen; check out 5 more awesome gifts for writers.

1. Katana Book End

Katana Bookend

Even if you’re not a writer, this is a pretty badass way to store your books. Invest in this if you or a friend have way too many books – it’s sure to get a few compliments!

2. Writer’s Calendar

writers calendar

Writing down my goals and a to-do list helps me to be a more productive writer every day. Make your life more productive and efficient by investing in a calendar!

3. Paper Nib Bookmarks

paper nib bookmarks

These paper nib bookmarks are a great way to stylishly save your page. While they are not an essential, they are a pretty fun way to enjoy your reading time.

4. Laptop Stand

Laptop Stand

This practical gift makes it easier for you to look after your laptop and keep it safe – and it has the added bonus of making your screen easier to see. Perfect for any writer who works on their laptop for more than 25 hours a week.

5. Cube Inspiration Starters

story cubes

Do you know a writer who is struggling to come up with new, fresh ideas? Treat them to these awesome story cubes that will help them to come up with awesome new ideas.

Would you guys use any of these gift ideas, or none? I love the idea of the story cubes, even if they are for children – it’s nice to have a youthful mind :p

Thank you as always for reading my post!

4 important rules of being a successful writer

4 Important Rules Of Being A Successful Writer

Do you want to be a successful writer? I asked four successful writers what rules they think are important to being a successful writer – from loving your work to being persistent, check out 4 of these rules here.

1. They refuse to take ‘No’ for an answer. Every writer will experience rejection emails and letters, but successful writers will use these letters to improve their writing, rather than get disheartened.

If you are struggling to get published, consider taking a short writing course to improve your skills. If you can’t afford to spend money, look online; the internet is filled with articles filled with tips on how to improve your skills as a writer – all for free!

2. They always set aside time to write. Many people wish to become writers but already have full time jobs or families. While it is reasonable for these other commitments to be your first priorities, if you dream of being a writer you must always make time for writing.

If you are struggling to set aside time for writing, decide at the beginning of the week how much you want to achieve; would you like to write two articles? Would you like to finish off the first chapter of your book? Decide what you want to do, work out how long it will take and break the chunks down and do a little each day.

3. They write for love, rather than money. It is difficult to have a successful, full-time career in a job you don’t enjoy, whether it is writing or something else. Are you writing for money and feeling continuously frustrated and upset, or do you enjoy and feel proud of the content you create?

4. They seek out feedback. Successful writers always want to improve their skills and writing style, as this is the only way they will advance in their career. They always ask editors and publishers for feedback, and they carefully read and analyse their own work to see if they can improve their own work.

What do you think of these rules? I think they are all pretty important to being a successful – and happy – writer! Can you think of any other rules that you think are important? Comment your ideas and let me know – I may do a follow-up article if people share their ideas! Hope you’re all having a great day 🙂