Internet marketing and content strategy work have become incredibly lucrative. The best part of working for an internet based company or blog: you can work from home.
Working from home can be a mixed blessing for most of us. It can be incredibly difficult to focus on your assigned tasks, no matter how simple they may be. The freedom of working from home can quickly leave you with endless procrastination mechanisms and very little accomplished.
As a blogger who works full-time from home, I have found some easy, fool-proof tricks that keep me on task. Although similar to a related post recently featured here on AnsonAlex.com, the following are a few tips specifically tailored for those whose work environment is in the home.
Don’t let the subtitle fool you. This may sound daunting, but I am not asking you to find your significance in life. In fact, this is a pretty easy trick. Because you do have the convenience of working from home, you need to find out when you work most efficiently with a few trial runs. Are you a night owl, a morning person, or best during the middle of the day? If you are writing web content, try to see when you write well and most quickly during the course of the day. Once you figure it out, try to keep that as your target working time. Strive to work during those 6-7 hours (or however long it takes you to finish your work for the day).
It can be easy to slack off or procrastinate if you don’t have established deadlines. Create calendars and notes, which detail how much time you spend on each assignment. My favorite device, which helps me keep track of my day is Google Calendars. There are many different iPad and Android applications that can help you sync your phone to your Google calendar as well. Try to schedule assignments, phone calls, and social events by the hour. You are more likely to work on what you need to if you have it written down in a time block.
Social media sites, news, music, and [insert your interest here] are all so easily accessible online that they can help you stay off task for days. In order to take away these distractions, start using a Chrome extension called StayFocusd. This application can block sites for the whole day or a certain amount of time. If you don’t need your Facebook or Twitter account while you work, block them. This goes for any other sites which keep you off task as well.
If you plan to go out for lunch with a friend, call a long-lost relative, or pick up your dry cleaning during the day, schedule it in to your Google Calendar! If it isn’t on your calendar, don’t allow yourself to do it that day. This may mean you have to turn off your phone or log out of your personal email account.
When you are supposed to be working, keep that as your utmost priority. Don’t let unnecessary tasks or even your friends pull you away from what needs to get done. If you are someone who needs/works well with a break every few hours, schedule 15 minutes of break time for yourself every day. During that time, you can choose to do what you would like. Do you want to call a friend or grab a snack? Make sure you limit it to a short amount of time.
If you do work from home on the web, it is likely that you already have a system set up to keep you on task. Still, if you find yourself working at odd hours, having no free time to spend with your friends and family, and are generally having a difficult time with routine, then it is likely that you need a few tweaks to your current way of doing things to set you on the right track. These are just a few points that you may want to revisit as you work to make your home a healthy and productive environment to get the job done.