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How to be productive working from home

Proven techniques that work from home, at a coffee shop, in your balcony sunbathing, even while on holiday

You love working from home or outdoor, but have hard time trying to keep focus? Finding it difficult to stay productive working from home? Keep reading.

You like working at a coffee shop or on a balcony over a beautiful view or next door to your kids and the noise of your family, but have hard time trying to keep focus? I’ve got you, darling

When you work without being watched by your boss constantly, your focus can wander around and hey, I get it, it’s totally human. Let me NOT tell you how many times it happened to me.

It actually happens to everyone even if they might not admit it. But if you really have to hit that deadline here are some tips to stay focused and productive no matter where you are.

How to stay productive working from home

Manage your time wisely

Manage time wisely

Work in short blocks of time. Getting a timer is a game changer. Longer period of time can lead to fatigue and stress. But shorter bursts of 20 or 30 minutes guarantee a higher quality of work because your entire self is present and completely focused. I started working in this way while translating a book years ago. I would sit and work, work, work, until the timer would set off. Stand up, go for a walk, make a cup of tea, fold the laundry, you name it. And then after any time between 5 to 20 minutes go back to work and start over. This system helped me deliver the project in less time with such a high quality that as today I’m still doing it.

Silence your phone

Do I really have to tell you how distracting the phone is? As of today I still leave my silenced phone 2 meters away from me while working, because even if it’s silenced, the temptation to pick it up and check TikTok or Instagram can be too much. If I want to finish early and enjoy life more (which is why I work online for myself) it truly makes no sense getting stuck in a two-hours-scrolling-spiral.

Avoid multitasking

Multitasking does not help you being productive when working from home

We all fall into this trap of starting one project and then another without finishing the first. Whether it is writing an article while talking on the phone, or watching a YouTube video while listening to the radio, multitasking is tiring. Unless you are a super functioning ADHDer on a good day, able to handle as many tasks at once as possibly human, then try to avoid it and focus on just the task at hand until you finish. Doing one thing at a time will guarantee higher standard in less time which is everything freelancers or anybody for what matters, look for.

Do the hardest thing first

Whether you are a procrastinator or just don’t like much ALL the tasks you have in your daily work, this suggestion can save you from big headaches and make you go faster and more happily during the rest of day. Can you imagine going on with your day already knowing the hardest part has already been taken care of? What a great self-esteem boost to wear throughout the day. When you take on the most difficult projects first, you can increase motivation and focus for the rest of the day.

What’s your favorite tip? And most of all, will you implement it in your daily life?

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