Every year, more and more people are working from a home office. Whether as a distance worker, a freelancer, or starting a side hustle – free agent nation continues to rise rapidly.
Statistics show 40% of the American workforce will be freelancers by 2020. The forecast might seem unlikely until you compare it with these 2014 numbers on independent workers in the US and UK .
Make Your Bed Every Day. If your bed is a mess, your day will be a mess, too.
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Segmenting your day or working on a theme-a-day schedule are good ways to start from a structure until you find what works for you and your life.
Here are some tips to make sure of success while working from a home office and getting the right work done:
Make Your Bed
You are what you do every day. And frankly, if your bed is a mess – your work day will be, too. Make your bed. Make it tight. This small task leads to bigger results. It doesn’t take long. It starts the day with a small task done. You are less likely to be tempted to return to it midday. It allows you to get into a fresh bed each night. Small thing? Maybe. Big Difference? You bet.
Get Dressed for Work
Every day, get dressed for work. There might be a certain romantic notion to work in casual clothes (pajamas?) every day. You might get to the point where that works. If you’re just starting your home office (or getting dizzy in busy in your current home office) – get dressed daily. Now you’re ready to take a Skype call or get to a last-minute client call that much quicker.
Outreach Every Day
It might be tempting to hide and hover for just a day, but that can develop into a non-productive, unprofitable habit real quick. Have an outreach program, with goals each day. Whether it’s visiting a client, calling a prospect, setting up a Google Hangout or Skype with collaborative colleagues, or sending out an email query or follow-up – make efforts to reach out daily.
The idea of capturing ideas seem to be the same as journaling, I don’t believe it’s the same thing. A journal might get 1-3 entries per day. You probably get ideas 20 or more times every day – probably more.
Capture them with Evernote, your smartphone camera. Day One app. Post-it notes. A Waiter’s Pad. A scribble card – which I use a lot. I can jot notes, quotes, and outlines on a plain 5×8 index card using both sides. I then transfer those notes in an organized fashion into a journal system I’ve found to be fantastic.
Keep a Ledger or Journal
I’m a big fan of the Bullet Journal system. I keep a journal for two reasons. To chronicle and organize my ideas and tasks, but also as a review. By looking back at days or weeks that were off-the-charts productive or profitable, I can eliminate down days and avoid overwhelm and getting stuck.
Seek first the things that are good – and you will find them and be able to replicate or at least resemble those things.
We all have to-do lists that seem to never end and always grow. Focus on three.
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Trigger and Switch
I don’t about you, but as hard as I try to anticipate bumps and hurdles, I have yet to be able to consistently design a day without an interruption. So I plan for those interrupts. I have triggers and switches that allow for a pivot so the interruptions don’t knock me on my apathy.
- Wake up Early (no, earlier)
- Do What You Like Least, First
- Strike 3 Things From the List
We all have to-do lists that seem to never end and always grow. When the list gets too big, focus on three. The most urgent one. The hateful one. The easiest one. Get those done. The list will get smaller.
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