6 Productivity Tips For Freelancers Working From Home

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Working From Home Isn't As Easy As It Sounds

One of the biggest perks of freelancing is the fact that most freelancers get to work from home. It sounds great, and it is but it is not as easy as one might think. There are a lot more distractions. From laundry to dishes to pets and electronics, the amount of things that can take you off focus from your work is much greater at home, plus there is no boss (other than you) to keep you accountable.

Success Requires Focus

The traditional office space was designed to minimize distractions and keep employees focused. Anyone that wants to have a successful career knows that they need to master that focus. For people just starting out in freelancing, productivity is probably one of the biggest challenges in getting your freelance career off the ground.

We have put together some tips and tricks to keep you focused so your freelance career can be as successful as you had hoped it would be, even when working from home.

1.Get Out Of Your Bedroom

Focus is a mental exercise first and foremost. Working from your bed in your pajamas sounds awesome but don’t expect your productivity to be at peak performance. Your bedroom is a place of rest and relaxation. Your brain needs to know it’s not sleepy time, it’s work time. How you start the day will reflect this. Get up, shower, get dressed and act like you are going to work because you are.

2. Have a Designated Work Space

Set yourself up for as little distractions as possible by creating a dedicated home office space. There are a lot of great ideas for transforming even the smallest spaces into a decent home office, like the ones here. Of course, if your apartment is too small or you have a roommate that is distracting you, find a new place. Public libraries and coffee shops are top choices.

3. Have Set Work Hours

Having set work hours helps you have the pressure of needing to finish work at a set time. That slight amount of pressure is actually a good thing, it will help you get your mind back on whatever task you were working on.

4.Track Your Time

There are a million ways that you can lose track of time. Checking emails can use up a remarkable amount of time and takes your focus off your work then all of a sudden you remember you need to pick up groceries which leads you to browse through Instagram for recipes and then you see a picture of destination you want to travel to, then you are booking a ticket and you have lost 30 minutes of work time. Having a time tracking app is a great investment. We are fans of Time Doctor.

5. Time Block

A really good way to stay productive is to work with dedicated time slots. Check emails at a dedicated time only. Use social media at a certain time only and plan your to do list around these time slots.

6. Make A To Do List Every Day

Writing a list of tasks that you can realistically get done keeps you honest and helps you feel more productive as you complete the tasks you had written out. Think of it as a mental contract you are making with yourself. You must complete those tasks. Another tip is no more than 4 tasks should be on your list that are S.M.A.R.T.

There you have it! We hope you enjoyed these tips. For more information on how to become a better freelancer, check out some of our other blog posts.

Author: Tatiana Rivers- Tati Rivs Social Media Marketing

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Posted in Freelancing Tips on Aug 09, 2017

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