When you start a side business, you need to be productive. Even more so than your job.
Because, probably, you already work a 40-hours-per-week(or more) job. If you spend only a couple of hours a day to work on your business, you need to make them count.
How To Be Productive
And here are my top 5 tips on staying productive while working from home:
1. Plan Your Day
Use a calendar to plan your day. To-do lists just don’t work. Believe me, I tried a lot. You need to specify the exact time you want/need to devote to your task.
Ever heard of Parkinson’s Law?
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
- So if you plan to spend one hour to write a post, it’ll take one hour.
- If you plan to spend 10 hours to write a post, it’ll take 10 hours.
- If you plan to spend one week, it’ll take one week.
You see where I’m going with it? And it’s not that there will be a big difference because you’ll be wasting most of the extra time.
So define the minimum time you need to complete a task, add a 15-20% extra time for buffer and then, put the task into your calendar.
I use Google Calendar for this, but if you don’t like it, there are other apps online.
2. Set Up An Office Area
Working from your bed or your couch isn’t a good – or efficient – way to work. It may be your only alternative at the moment, but as soon as possible, set up an office area in your house.
Maybe you can’t dedicate a room for this, but at least, you can get a desk and an office chair. And preferably, an ergonomic chair.
3. Work Out
Sitting for hours on end is bad for your body, so how about spending 5 minutes every hour to work out and take a break before you burn out?
It doesn’t have to be anything too much. Just a set of jumping jacks is okay.
Set your priorities right!
Spend 20 minutes to make a list with everything you need to do and start with the most important task. Not the one that takes the least time to complete.
5. Avoid Procrastination
Yeah, I know. It’s more easily said than done. Avoiding procrastination isn’t that easy, but then, there are solutions to it.
For example, have you ever heard about the 2-minute rule?
If you want to read more about the topic, check this out: How To Be Productive Working From Home