The opportunity to work from home comes with advantages and disadvantages. If you’re going to work from home, especially as a freelancer, then you need to learn some tips that will help you earn more money. These four ideas will put you on the path to success.
Boost Productivity by Avoiding Distractions
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Take a day to pay attention to what distracts you most while you work. Depending on your living conditions, you may find that construction noise, children, and streaming television cause a lot of distractions.
Now that you know what lowers your productivity, make efforts to eliminate them during your working hours. Noise-cancelling headphones can make it easier to concentrate. You can also use apps that prevent you from viewing distracting websites during designated hours. If you know that you will need to work while the kids are home, try to recruit a family member to watch them for a few hours, so you won’t have to worry about them.
Choose a Schedule That Works Well for You
Most people seem to work best during the late morning. They’ve had their coffee and gotten into their routines, so they’re ready to tackle the day’s obstacles.
Not everyone works this way, though. Some people find that they can concentrate best early in the morning before the sun rises. Others find that they prefer working late at night after everyone else has gone to sleep.
Play around with your schedule to find times that will help you become more productive.
Improve Your Workspace’s Air Quality
Dirty air makes it hard for you to focus on your work. In fact, many corporations spend money improving the indoor air quality of their buildings because they want to get more productivity from their employees.
You can strive for a similar goal by having a professional maintain your home’s HVAC system. When you have cleaner air in your home office, you can pay attention to tasks. Clean air will also help you avoid sickness, which is one of the biggest barriers between you and earning more money. You can’t do your best work when you’re fighting off a cold with medicine that makes you feel drowsy.
Use the Pomodoro Technique to Concentrate Better
The Pomodoro Technique encourages you to stay focused on a task for a predetermined amount of time. Once that period ends, you take a short break before going back to work. The technique works well because you know that you only have to concentrate hard for a short amount of time. Practically anyone can focus for 25 minutes. When you break your tasks down into 25-minute increments, the day’s work starts to look more manageable.
You can buy Pomodoro Timers that are shaped like tomatoes (“pomodoro” is Italian for “tomato”) or you can use the Tomato Timer website for free.
Track how each of these ideas affects your productivity. Since it’s all about finding what works for you, keep the ideas that you like and get rid of the others.