Working at home used to be an unconventional path to take in building a professional career. Even entrepreneurs find themselves working away from home as required by their businesses. Working from home back then may mean that you cannot fully dedicate your time to your job for several reasons: You might be nursing a child or an elderly, reviewing for certifications, in between jobs, moonlighting, among others. But this is not always the case anymore.
Nowadays, the workforce looks at freelancers and entrepreneurs – or anyone who is not confined to a working schedule. Suddenly, the freedom that comes along with remote working is a goal. Though leader Tim Ferriss pushes the notion that in this current data-driven world, a new category of working class is created called the New Rich. In his book “4-Hour Workweek”, he describes the New Rich as a subclass of the working industry who have the means to sustain themselves with mobility, time and income outside the confines of a 9 to 5 job. He introduces the concept of Lifestyle Design, wherein you can build your work around the life that you desire, and not the other way around.
Whether you are working from home, a coffee shop or a shared space, you have to have the discipline to operate from a structure. This may or may not mean working for 8 hours straight a day for five days, but tracking progress is going to be tricky. Here are some ways that can help to make the best of your time working from home.
Waking up early is ideal.
There is a unique sense of accomplishment when you are able to get things done before 10am and still have spare time to explore something else for the rest of the day.
Do the most important tasks of the day first.
Working smart means choosing the “important” over “urgent”; at the end of the day, that task should be able to answer the question “What is the one thing that you did today that leads you one step closer to your goals?”
Allot 2 minutes to do the easy urgent tasks.
Small things like doing the bed, cleaning the dishes, feeding the dog and the likes can be done in less than 2 minutes. You can do them while you’re on a break. The main point is that they shouldn’t eat a huge chunk of your time.
Work on your main tasks under 1 or 2-hour blocks
This will greatly dictate the work routine that you will be developing over time. Take time to observe how you are working each day for a period of time and try to cut down the working hours without compromising quality later on.
Plan the next day the night before.
If you already have a workflow set out, this will be easy. Set out monthly goals as well, and every now and then make sure that you are working towards achieving each one of them. Incorporate at least one of those goals to your week.
Reward yourself at the end of each week or month.
Make it a healthy goal to reward yourself at the end of each week or month. It can be a short trip to the beach, dining out to your favorite restaurant, binge watching your favorite show during the weekend, whatever it is that makes you happy. After all, you deserve these after all the hard work you’ve done.
Get off your lazy butt and be productive today!