Entrepreneur Life – 6 Simple Ways To Be More Productive Around The Home

It’s become the new American Dream – being able to manage your own life and career from a home office. The advantages of a flexible, home based career are many. No longer do you have to punch a time clock, have a boss breathing down your neck, or deal with the litany of unpleasant office politics and fashion shows. You can even stay in your pajamas all day and listen to your favorite tunes as long as your spouse doesn’t object.

Yet, for many entrepreneurs, working from home has its own unique set of challenges. One of the pitfalls of working for yourself on a daily basis is staying motivated enough to be productive. It’s too easy to get into the trap of leisure. It’s equally difficult to maximize this time by getting some actual work done. The reality of the work from home lifestyle is that you alone must find ways to trick yourself into being productive so that you can find success at the end of the rainbow.

Getting Motivated to Be Productive While Working from Home

1 – Establish a Routine and Stick to it.  Perhaps it’s the appeal of being able to set your own schedule that makes entrepreneurs tick? But this carefree spirit can get you in trouble if you start slacking. To keep in track, establish a routine for each day starting with the time you rise, get showered, dressed and ready for work. Set clear work hours to avoid being in the 24/7 work mode; an effort that can help you to focus on work during work time, and family time during off hours.

2 – Get in the Mindset of a Successful Entrepreneur. To become successful, you must convert your mind to thinking like a successful person. Associate with others who are successful, learn from them, and adopt this attitude. Why is this important? Worrying about money and where the next project will come from only serves to distract you from the work at hand.

3 – Set Specific Household Goals with a To Do list. It has been said that planning is the most important aspect of a productive day. At the start of every work period, take the time to jot down your tasks for the day, so you can stay focused on your objectives. Keep this list nearby as a visual reminder, and cross things off as you go along. By the end of the day, you will be amazed at how productive you’ve been!

4 – Learn What Your Work Style is and Use it. For every entrepreneur, there is a peak work time. This may be in the mornings, following lunch, or even late in the evenings. Instead of chaining yourself to your laptop, mindless surfing the net, why not use this time to take care of a few things around the house and then come back to your work when you are fresh? Use your work style to get work done in bursts, rather than wasting precious time doing nothing constructive.

5 – Get Out of the House at Least Once a Week. While you may enjoy the sanctity of your quiet home office, even hermits need some personal interaction once in a while. Take your laptop and head to a favorite coffee shop or bookstore once in a while. Or better yet, find a public Wi-Fi spot near an outdoor cafe or a park where you can be around people and experience nature. This will restore you and give you added energy to be more productive.

6 – Give Yourself Permission to Celebrate Achievements. Remember those recognition certificates you used to get when you worked in corporate America? You are likely to have experienced a sense of achievement, but now as a home based entrepreneur, not-so-much. To become more productive, you must set your own incentives. Plan treats for yourself, such as a day off from working, a short trip, or that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing. This will give you the fuel for achieving more and celebrating your successes.

By using the above tricks, you can become more productive and experience greater levels of satisfaction in your home-based career. You’ll also have more time to get things done around your home you’d like to do, and to spend time with the people who mean the most to you.

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