Think about how much work you get done the day before you go on vacation. Now, what if every day could be that productive?
Working from home, there can be a lot of distractions. The double-edged sword is that you can keep going back into your office, and you can wind up working 16+ hours a day pretty easy. Divide up the gigs you’re actually getting paid for, and you’re making less than you think per hour. Not to mention you’re not living. You’re not spending time with your family, you’re not visiting museums, you’re not gazing out of a window, you’re not watching a horror movie, you’re not planning a picnic in the park… you get the idea. Never chain yourself to a desk. That’s working from home badly.
Have you ever heard of Parkinson’s Law, which states, “…the task at hand will expand to fill the allotted amount of time?” Think about it, what if you didn’t set an allotted amount of time? Then, as you can predict, that task will expand forever. This can include writing for clients, checking your email, Facebook, or anything.
Make this your mantra : “Any task worth doing is worth putting a deadline on.” The solution is to get organized and assign time you’re going to devote to any task, and it’s easier than you think.
Plan Your Days
I have two favorite planners I recommend to people.
One is Erin Condren’s creation that literally does EVERYTHING, and you can customize it with stickers and stuff, which a lot of people have told me they find really motivating to see their children’s (or love of their life or their dog) face’s as they work.
Here’s a snappy video of Erin’s Life Planner.
Another good life planner is Tools4Wisdom’s Planner.
That is the one I am currently using.
It was $29 and when I bought it months ago, it goes from January 2013 until December 2014, so it was just a better deal for me. It has goal planning, priorities, it’s so much more than a date book.
When you lay it open, it shows the entire week from 5:00am until 11:00pm.
For a lot of people, this is minor, but I really liked the fact it has Saturday and Sunday together. It makes planning weekend activities so much easier than having a work week between Sunday and Saturday.
Feeling Overwhelmed? Here’s How to See What You Need to Accomplish
Take a piece of paper or type it out on your screen of your favorite device and write down everything you can think of you want or need to accomplish. It can include everything from health goals, work goals, ideas for new businesses, motivational goals – in short – everything you want to accomplish. Ideas for articles or blog posts. Now take that list, and prioritize it.
If you’re considering starting a work out regimen for yourself, when do you want to start? When do you want to do it daily? If you are considering starting another business or product offering, make some notes for what you need to get it off the ground. Write down the every step you can think of that will need to be done to accomplish a goal. You can add or delete as you move forward.
Then work on doing those are your own pace every day.
If you plan out a day and it’s not working for you, that schedule is failing you, and that’s okay. Just revamp your schedule until you find something what works for you. I get up at 5:30 every morning and in the quiet for my youngest spawn wants breakfast, my guy wants to do the morning conversation thing, and the cats and dogs start demanding face time and food; I get a lot of things accomplished between 5:30 and 6:30. Consider giving up a little of that morning snooze, and see if it works for you.
Get Rid of the Time Eaters
Facebook, Skype, Reddit, your Email, Ebay, Pinterest, and other sites are major productivity killers. If you want to go peruse Pinterest, schedule a start and end time to do it. There’s no reason to check your email 20 times a day. Set a few times and stick with it. Turn off the cell phone and don’t text message, or tweet what you’re doing no matter how badly you want to.
Fine Tune Your Time Management
Get the free app from RescueTime, I thought I was doing good, but this little app told the truth. I was still logging 16% of my time in Social networks and 13% in my email. That’s just ridiculous and I had no idea it was translating into that much of my week. I corrected that quick, fast, and in a hurry. I found I am even more productive.
Once you get into the groove of planning your days, you’ll be amazed at how productive your working time can be, and how much more free time you have to pursue activities that aren’t on a computer screen.
Remember : “Any task worth doing is worth putting a deadline on.”
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