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Work From Home Productivity

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Working from home while remaining productive is an up-hill struggle for some. However, it really doesn’t need to be that way. With the right mindset and discipline, you can conquer your working day and get much more done than ever before, and because you’re at home, you can then reap the rewards of not having a commute, and enjoy being in your home environment. It’s no exaggeration in saying you could save HOURS every day. You’ve read the book. Now it’s time to look at the other tools, books, and resources that can help you on your mission.


What you will learn…

Module 01: Introduction – Working From Home Is What You Make of It 

Module 02: How to Structure Your Working Day to Get More Done

Module 03: Productivity Hacks: How to Motivate Yourself to Work

Module 04: Finding the Inspiration (The Key to Incredible Productivity)

Module 05: Optimizing Your Health and Wellbeing

Module 06: Creating the Perfect Home Office

Module 07: The Best Productivity Apps and Gadgets for Working From

Module 08: Best Online Jobs

  • Module 01: Introduction – Working From Home is What You Make of It

    So, you’re stuck working from home? There are now two ways this can go. One option is that you work like so many other people who are confined to home offices. That means you’ll spend a huge chunk of your day procrastinating before you actually get anything done, which will result in work spilling over into your evening. You’ll go to bed with work still on your plate, feeling stressed and behind. Meaning you’ll wake up the next day and start work in your pyjamas. Without someone looking over your shoulder or structuring your day, it’s all too easy to fall into bad habits. You make yourself that morning cup of coffee, you check your emails, you read Facebook… you neglect to shave! It feels like liberation at first, and it’s a great feeling not having to rush out of the door. But as a result, you end up with no structure. You spend all of your day “half working” and you spend all your time cooped up in one room. Your work life bleeds into your downtime, and you end up falling behind in all kinds of aspects of your productivity AND your personal life. So what is the other option? The other option is that you grasp this opportunity with both hands: that you apply a little strategy and discipline. Most importantly: you gain the correct mindset that will help you to tackle this unique challenge in the best way possible. And what does all that mean? It means that you can now finish your day’s work in less time. Because let’s face it: most of us wasted hours in the office on meetings and chatting around the water cooler! It means that you have no commute either, meaning that you probably just gained 2-4 hours of extra time every single day. You’ll work in a tidy and organized office that is designed specifically to help you feel productive at work, and then you’ll properly relax and unwind in the evenings with the people and things you love. The best part is that you can start applying a little “lifestyle design.” That means working in the way you want to work.

  • Module 02: How to Structure Your Working Day to Get More Done

    The way that you structure your day when working from home can make a huge difference to your ability to get lots of work done. The danger is that when you have no manager leaning over you, you might find that you allow yourself a little extra luxury and time than is ideal. That in turn could mean you end up procrastinating to the point where you fall behind before you’ve even started! The solution is to introduce some rules. These might seem somewhat arbitrary, but we’ll see that they can provide a structure and discipline that will help you to accomplish MUCH more.

  • Module 03: Productivity Hacks: How to Motivate Yourself to Work

    Coming to our rescue is a tip from the book “How to Save an Hour A Day” by Michael Heppell. He says that you should set yourself smaller goals within a project, and then reward yourself for completing those. So for instance, if you normally start your day by going to make yourself a coffee, then browsing through emails, and having a cheeky look at Facebook… that needs to change. It is about half nine and you’ve so far achieved nothing! That’s a deflating way to start your day. Of course, these rules are not set in stone. Different people work differently, and the best strategy for you may depend on the type of work you prefer. But the key take home is that by employing strict rules, you can make sure that you don’t end up overwhelmed by tasks as they come in. This in turn allows you to work during more defined hours, and avoid letting your work spill over into your downtime. All that can be game changing. And this specific set of rules have been tried and proven to be highly effective by countless professionals! Of course, sitting down and doing the hardest and biggest thing first, isn’t always easy. It’s one thing to set yourself rules for working, but it’s quite another to stick to them! With so much to do, how can you make sure that you stay on-course and actually do it? Especially when it would be so easy to grab a good book and a hot drink, and then retire into the armchair that’s right there in the corner of the room! This is where you need some productivity hacks! So instead: sit down, eat the frog, and set out to write that massive project, or to complete the big data entry task… but then set yourself a target for the first chunk of work (perhaps N number of data rows). At this point, you can go and have your coffee.   And then when you complete another chunk of work that you set as a goal, you can go and answer those emails. NOW by 9.30, you have already completed a huge chunk of your work and you’ll feel far better about yourself as a result. What’s more, is that you’ll often push yourself even further: you finish those 20 rows of data and then you think… why not do ten more before the coffee? And this also means you’ll drink less coffee. If you’re anything like me… then that’s no bad thing!

  • Module 05: Optimizing Your Health and Wellbeing

    Working from home creates other challenges too. Chief among these, is trying to look after yourself and your wellbeing. When you don’t leave the house to go to work, there is no incentive to dress well. When no one sees you for days, there is no requirement to wash. And when you can get up at any time you want, and work at any time you like, there is nothing stopping you from losing all semblance of routine and health. What’s more, is that because you don’t need to go to work, there is no guarantee that you’ll get any fresh air or exercise! These are all serious issues, because they can be detrimental to your health and wellbeing. When work gets on top of you, you might even find yourself eating poorly as you grab whatever is quick and stuff it in a microwave. All this leads to your being tired, de-motivated, and less able to focus. Focusing and staying motivated requires energy, and resisting temptations and distractions likewise requires that you be in good health. In short, if you don’t look after yourself outside of work, you’ll struggle to stay focused when you sit down at the computer. Optimizing your health will allow you to focus better, seeing as focus requires energy. Using a disciplined routine will ensure you get proper time to rest and recover. And taking the time to groom yourself and look your best will help you to feel (and thus become) more productive and professional.

  • Module 06: Creating the Perfect Home Office

    Your ally in the battle to maintain productivity and health while working from home, is your home office. While you might be limited for space, if there is any way possible, then you should design a home office that will be separate from the rest of your home. This is important, because it will allow you to step in and out of your “work mode.” The worst thing you can do, is to work in the room you sleep in. This will make it much harder to separate your working life from your downtime, which will have deleterious impacts on your sleep. There are other things you can do to make an ideal home office for productivity too. One powerful tip, is to surround your office with things that inspire you and that put you in the mood to be productive. These might be examples of the best work in your niche or industry, or pictures of your heroes and people who inspire you. This is something that Cal Newport talks about in his book Deep Work (which I’ve referenced before). Here, he talks about the idea of the “Eudaimonia Machine” – a space built by architects with the singular purpose of generating the most productivity possible. Part of this design involves museums filled with inspirational works. This is something that I feel very strongly about and believe can make a huge difference to overall productivity. This is linked to the psychological concept of “priming.” Priming essentially means putting someone in the frame of mind most conducive to whatever task comes next and it has been linked with memory. So for instance, if you want to “prime” someone to give positive responses to a question, you might spend twenty minutes complimenting them and giving them chocolate to put them in a good mood. If you want to influence someone’s answers to an inkblot test, you might put them in a room with lots of fruit. This room is supposed to have the same effect, but instead it will put you in the mood to get productive work done.

  • Module 07: The Best Productivity Apps & Gadgets For Working From Home

    Perhaps what will help to make your office most productive of all though, is to use productivity apps and tools. There are now countless services, apps, and products designed specifically to help you get more work done, and these can make a huge difference to your ability to stay on task, and to collaborate with people around the world. Many of these apps in particular will become nigh essential as you start to work from home, while others will give you a big advantage and help you to avoid confusion, errors, and distractions.

  • Module 08: Best Online Jobs

    You may be reading this book because you have been forced by circumstances to start working from home. But there’s also a chance that you’re reading it in a prospective fashion: that you want to start working from home. Hopefully, you’ve seen that with the right mindset, this can be a hugely positive influence on your lifestyle! Or maybe you’ve been recently forced to work from home and you’re now thinking about the other types of work you could do. Why not transition to a workplace that is better suited to this new working style? The great news is that this is now more possible than ever: as more organizations start hiring online, and countless apps and services seek streamline the process. In short: it’s now easier than ever to maintain a productive online workflow, and the number of online jobs is rapidly increasing