Working From Home: My Ideas for Staying on Task
Working from home as a professional photographer has had it’s rewards for the past 10 years. It is really practical and convenient since I am a very small business and I run most everything myself. I love it – most of the time, however, there are times when working from home is not helpful and I can become less productive. That said, here are some ways to shake it up.
1- Get dressed for work.
This may seem obvious when working from home, but it was not for me. If you spend most of your days working from home, it is very easy to just throw on your comfy jeans, a pair of slippers and get down to work. Most days you may do fine, but, if you feel stuck or uninspired, try dressing up. Wear what you would normally wear if you worked in pubic, or at least, what you might wear out to lunch with a friend. This makes a huge difference for me. I feel more awake, energized and professional. This past Monday was a very blah morning for me. So, I dressing up for work. I went down to my office re-energized for the whole day. What a shift! I highly recommend it.
2- Make a plan the night before.
When I do this, it really helps me stay on task. I put the plan in my iCal and make alerts sounds to remind me. Set a reasonable time-frame for each task, if you go over time, that is ok. (The plan is in place and you can constantly check on or adjust your progress.) I find that writing it down does not work that well for me, especially if I am in a groove editing photos, I tend to loose track of time (and pieces of paper). Those little beeps from iCal help keep me on task. Plus, all my apple mobile devices are synced so I get 3 beeps from my computer, iPad and iPhone. Much harder to ignore.
3- Take small bites out of your tasks.
I love this! Try spending a shorter time on each task and go to the next one, etc. etc. It has helped me to get all my tasks done each day. I don’t get stuck in one thing and loose my energy. I think the brain gets refreshed by a new job to do. If you have a ton to do in one day, take a bite out of each one and keep rotating with a fresh start through all of them until you finish. Even if you don’t finish, the work has started on all your tasks. You can even try to finish certain ones completely and know that you did start the others, so the next day you are not beginning from square one again. This is big. Try it!
Hey, I just got a beep on all my devices telling me finish up with this blog post and start my last task of the day! I better get on it! 🙂
Please share your helpful tips if you work from home- no matter what your line of work is.
Here is another link to a HUBSPOT post if you are interested in more ways be productive working from home.