Work From Home: 8 Productivity Tips for Every Entrepreneur6:26 AM
Start-up entrepreneurs have to maintain high productivity levels throughout the year to keep their b...
Start-up entrepreneurs have to maintain high productivity levels throughout the year to keep their business afloat and enable them to continue their business development. Entrepreneurs can be one of the most frustrated sets of individuals! You want to know why? This is because it can be very difficult excelling as an entrepreneur considering the peculiar challenges that entrepreneurs encounter.
Entrepreneurs who do not learn how to cope with peculiar challenges such as absence of regulatory mechanism, poor internet connection, infrastructural deficits may end up becoming unproductive and eventually frustrated. In this post, you will learn about tips you need to know in order to more productive as an entrepreneur.
But there are those who can fit in their work schedules into their regular home life. Presently, I work at home, and I am still very productive.
Below are the tips that I applied. They can help anybody to increase productivity while working from home.
1. Tell people your schedule--and then "enforce" your schedule.
Interruptions are productivity killers--and when you work from home, your family and friends can be the most frequent sources of interruption.
So be proactive. Share your schedule. Explain when you'll be working. Describe how you work best: whether that's "interrupt me at will" (probably not) or "only interrupt me if it's truly an emergency" (more likely).
Then think about visual cues you can provide. A friend shuts his door when he really needs to focus; that lets his family know that he shouldn't be interrupted. When he's doing less important tasks that don't require a ton of focus--we all have them--he opens his door.
Above all, don't assume people will automatically respect the fact that while you're working from home you're still working. They won't. Help them understand.
2. Create a standard workstation
This is the best way to make the most out of your working time. Getting a standard workstation is best in order to create a conducive work-space that will set the tone for your business. Set up a spare room in your apartment as your work station or even a part of the garage.
You don’t need a space with a TV and cable, you need your computer and your printer (if necessary) by the side and that will be perfect. Preferably, you should get a swivel chair which can easily move you around while seated. This helps you to get work done faster without leaving your seat.
You also need to stock up your computer with the right software to make work less tedious. Sites like Tech.co, Tech Magnetism or Tech Crunch offer regular updates on software and tech news that could come in handy.
Stocking up your PC with the right resources will enable you achieve much more from your seating position and use time more effectively.
3. Buy a great chair
Working from home implicitly means you're a knowledge worker. That means you spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer.
So no matter what else you do, invest in a good computer, a good phone...and the most comfortable and ergonomically-correct chair you can find. If you aren't comfortable you can't stay focused and you can't stay productive.
Don't try to save money on a chair. Economize on a desk (I often sit at the dining room table to write) or other furnishings or frills...but see your chair as an investment, not an expense.
4. Adopt a productivity system
Maybe one of the things you like best about working from home is the lack of enforced structure. That's great--but unless you create your own structure, you'll fritter away much of your day bouncing from task to task and mistaking things that seem urgent for things that are truly important.
So take advantage of the fact that a structure isn't imposed on you to choose the routine that makes you as productive as you can be. One might be the Getting Things Done methodology. (Here's a primer I wore about David Allen's personal productivity system.)
There are plenty of others--so spend a little time creating a system that will work for you. See that effort as an investment in productivity that will pay off for years to come.
5. Minimize distractions
Avoid talking on the phone during your working period. Let the answering machine respond to your calls while you concentrate. Then, you can respond to the important calls later when you are done. Avoid going over to the neighbors’, watching the TV, or attending to your pets during this time.
I often suggest getting another adult or Nanny in the house especially if you are a parent and most especially a mother with infants. Having another in-house adult even if they just work during the hours designated for your work presents great advantages.
6. Avoid Social Media Interruptions
The greatest way to waste precious time or to make the day highly unproductive is by opening up every social media platform. You cannot be on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter purposelessly and not lose track of time. Relegating social media involvement to when you are done working can do wonders for your productivity.
If you work with a team and you need constant communication via a social media platform, it may be better to subscribe to some less popular platforms which you use exclusively with your team.
7. Create a happy shelf
I had a shelf full of old Photoshop books. Haven't opened them in years, so I replaced them with family photos.
Makes me happy. When I'm happy, I do better work. You will too.
8. Include breaks in your schedule.
Your calendar will be full of tasks, calls, meetings, deadlines...but it also should include scheduled break periods. Set a time for lunch. Set break times. Otherwise, your day will get away from you--and so will your opportunities to recharge.
And also plan how you will recharge: a meal, a snack, a quick walk, etc. Never forget that the best recovery is active recovery.
The key is discipline, a great space and less distraction and you will be just fine. Go for it will ya!