Productivity Boosting Tips (continued)
6. Keep Distractions at a Minimum
There's no way you can avoid distractions, especially at home. Things will pop up either within the home or on the outside in which your attention will be divided. If working in a house with other people, let them know your office hours and ask that they only disturb you for important issues, like a repair or to ask quick questions. Make sure they know that you are working and can't be disturbed for idle conversation. If you have neighbors that come by, also let them know your office hours. Try to keep any conversation to a small amount of time and then politely excusing yourself.
7. Quiet/Background Noise Environment
Some people like to work in a completely quiet environment and some people work better with background noise. Make sure you set up your office in the environment you enjoy the most. If you like working in a quiet environment, make sure your office is set in a quiet area where you won't be disturbed. If you work better with background noise (like me), make sure it's kept at a low volume and you won't get distracted by it. Don't listen to music if you know you'll do more singing than working and certainly don't turn on the TV if you'll more watching than working.
8. Eat Your Meals
You would think making sure to get your three daily meals would be easier at home than at an actual office. Truth is, just like working for an employer, you may get into the groove of work and then end up skipping one meal or even more by working hard on a project. Take an hour or two before you start your day to eat breakfast - the most important meal of the day - and drink your coffee. Always take your half hour or hour lunch at your designated lunch time and don't take any calls that may come in during those times. Do call any missed callers back once you have finished.
9. Get Out of the House
You may think working from home literally means working from home. However, with the use of remote desktop and other remote services, you can work from anywhere. This is a good idea actually. Sometimes, a level of cabin fever might set in, getting out of the house, even for a few hours is good to get the creative juices going and can break the level of monotony. Grab a cup of coffee at the local coffee shop or go out to a park to work.
10. Keep Positive
In any type of work, the most productive way to work is to keep positive. The suggestions above with help you keep your productivity up, but it's all for not if you aren't happy. It is too easy to get stuck working from home on a daily basis for weeks, months, and years. Spending time with friends and family, especially if having a stressful day or week at the work place, can give you a moment of clarity.
Along with taking small breaks, you should also take a vacation. Make sure that you forward any important phone calls to your cell phone and leave a message that you will be gone. Let customers know when you'll return and if you are answering calls while away. Also let them know if they can contact you on your cell phone or by email.
Boosting the productivity for your home business isn't difficult in words, but may be in practice. The important thing is to keep organized, while giving yourself a break once in a while. Keeping these suggestions in mind, you'll find the more organized you are, the more productive you will be.