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6 Tips for Success Working From a Home Office

notebook in an unmade bedEvery 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.

Capture Ideas

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.

  1. Wake up Early (no, earlier)
  2. Do What You Like Least, First
  3. 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.

Next Steps

If you need a boost getting started, consider a 30-day free trial to SubCLUBs. You get 90 minutes of coaching calls using the LIFT process and get started on the right footing.

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Week in Review: Posts and LIFT Shares, Dec 14 – Dec 20, 2014

Week in Review 12-20-14

Week in Review November 23 – November 29: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations and SmallBiz Tracks (Almost) Daily Podcasts, and LIFT resources shared on Twitter (@smallbiztracks)

This Week on ConverStations

LIFT Resources This Week

LEARN

IMPROVE

FIND FLOW

THINK

You can catch up to everything we share everywhere from the ConverStations/SmallBiz Tracks Social Stream page.


You can catch a complete review, in addition to top links to give your small business a L.I.F.T by subscribing to Whistle Stops Weekly email newsletter. In 2015, we launch a new podcast: The L.I.F.T. Weekly Podcast for Small Business Owners. The SmallBiz Tracks (Almost) Daily Podcast is now included with select ConverStations Posts.

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Pages Turning Near a Toasty Fire

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“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.” – author Angela Carter

This time of year is a season for celebrations and gathering. It’s also a time for recreation and re-creating. A good time for a book and a toasty flame (and a favorite beverage).

May the pages turning at this time, whether book or calendar, bring you joy and re-creation.

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Happy Holidays in LIFT Clips

There are lessons to be learned from many movies and shows. The holiday season has an abundance of lessons, too.  Here are some favorites:

LEARN – Something New - White Christmas

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IMPROVE – Working Together Makes Us Stronger - It’s a Wonderful Life

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FIND FLOW – Take Things One Step at a Time - Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

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THINK – This Could Be Your Year - All Aboard? - Polar Express

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Collaboration and Innovation Makes for Beautiful Noise. Have Fun Experimenting.

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We are always looking for ways to give small business owners a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow.

As a youth, Saturdays were filled with visual candy of cartoons in the morning and movie matinees in the afternoon. Now, we practice sharing Saturday videos from TED, subscriptions from YouTube, LIFT clips, and other videos shared via feeds.

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LIFT Clips: Skillshare Classes for Learning and Teaching

I’m a big fan of Skillshare for several reasons.

Skillshare offers a great way to continue learning. It also presents business owners and freelancers a great way to teach others what you know and build a presence.

Below are a few of the best classes and you can take them during a free month of membership from Skillshare (Use this link and we each get a free month).

If you have a desire to Learn, Improve, Find Flow, and Think, Skillshare has courses that will give you a LIFT. Here’s a preview of a few of the courses.

LEARN with Seth Godin


An Online Skillshare Class by Seth Godin

IMPROVE with Guy Kawasaki


An Online Skillshare Class by Guy Kawasaki

FIND FLOW with Tiago Forte


An Online Skillshare Class by Tiago Forte

THINK with Tanner Christensen


An Online Skillshare Class by Tanner Christensen

HAVE FUN with Aaron Draplin


An Online Skillshare Class by Aaron Draplin

We are always looking for ways to give small business owners a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow.

As a youth, Saturdays were filled with visual candy of cartoons in the morning and movie matinees in the afternoon. Now, we practice sharing Saturday videos from TED, subscriptions from YouTube, LIFT clips, and other videos shared via feeds.

Note: Every Sunday afternoon, our Whistle Stops Weekly newsletter is sent with at least one resource or link to L.I.F.T. your presence or practice. Subscribe today.

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