11 Tips On How to Be More Productive When Writing or Working From Home

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11 Productivity Tips

11 Productivity Tips

Sometimes we feel like staying and working from home be it writing a thesis or working on another project. But I’ve learned that many people including myself (especially in the past) get caught up on distractive activities and eventually this results in us being less productive. And it is no wonder why we don’t accomplish what we plan to.

Here are 11 tips you can use to increase your productivity levels when writing or working from home. If you stick to these principles, I am sure it can be a turning point. Here they are:

1. Wake up as early as you can

You will be surprised how much more you can accomplish if you wake up early enough. When you start early, your mind is set into a working mode (unless you went to bed at 4 a.m.last night). To be able to wake up early up you need to start your day with some fun, interesting activities that you will do for yourself. Think about those activities. Those should get you up and quickly.

2. Get dressed up

Get dressed up as you would when you go to work or university. The whole point of putting clothes on yourself is because it gives you a better sense of preparedness for a good working day. When you are in your pajamas, believe or not, you don’t have the same level of responsibility and ownership of the tasks you are about to take on. I have tested it dozens of times.

3. Set your goals or to-dos

This is your strategic ‘roadmap’ for being a more productive person. When you set a goal, don’t think of something very big, on the contrary, set realistic goals what you want to finish today or what you would like to learn. Many people fail to understand the importance of setting clear goals on a daily basis.

4. Stick to your schedule

It is always better to have a plan of what you need to accomplish. When you know what you want to do today and how much time it will approximately take you, it is more natural to feel that sense of urgency and therefore stick to the schedule. Don’t try to loosen that up. Make it tight and rigid. Make it a rule and stick to it.

5. Eat on time and drink lots of water

Make food for yourself on a timely basis. Think in advance what you would like to eat and make yourself a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner. Remember, what you eat directly reflects the level of your eventual productivity. Eating healthy is all about balancing what you put into your body. Just remember that you have to consume 7 components of food, which consist of: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, water and fiber. Drink water before and after your meals. Get yourself healthy snacks to eat every 3 hours (e.g. almonds).

6. Stretch by doing aerobic exercises

When you are staying home obviously your body moves less than if you were outside. To keep your energy at the level allowing you to be more productive you need to do occasional aerobic exercises. Aerobic exercises imply exercises with enough levels of oxygen in your body. Contrarily, anaerobic exercises are those that result in insufficient levels of oxygen for your body. In other words, all those exercises that build your muscles are called anaerobic, but those that build your health are aerobic. Aerobic exercises are also good for stretching yourself after some productive work. So, whenever your body feels you need that stretch go ahead and do aerobic exercises for some 30 minutes. Find out more on aerobic exercises see the related links below.

7. Eliminate all your distractions

Create a good working space and conditions for yourself. Separate your work from other activities such as home chores, TV, Email, useless Internet sites. They all prevent you from being more productive when working from home. For example, agree with yourself to turn on your mobile phone only twice a day or check your email once a day instead of hundreds of times unless of course if your works is dependent on your email (but this is a rational excuse in most cases as I know it).

8. Get yourself a timer or stopwatch

Here is another technique you can use. It is called 50/10/50/10 principle. For that you need a timer (if you don’t have one, you can use this online alarm clock. It is a nice web tool). Time 50 minutes and work (write) non-stop. Take a 10-minute break and continue working for another 50 minutes. At the end of the second chunk, take another break for 10 minutes. When you are done with it reward yourself with a 30-minute break and do some interesting and fun activities you love doing. Then, repeat the same pattern again e.g. 50/10/50/10.

9. Take one task at a time

Don’t be tempted to tackle several tasks/activities at a time. This will only result in less productivity. Multitasking will ruin your plans if you consistently try to do several things at a time. Take one piece, finish it and go ahead and tackle another. It is very tempting to be a multitasker. But if you want to accomplish more, learn how not to be one.

10. Measure and evaluate

Be critical with yourself and ask whether you have accomplished everything you were supposed to. Don’t skip the evaluation process because this reflects the way how much willingness you have to improve yourself. Without measuring your work it will be hard for you to know how much you’ve accomplished and most importantly how much yet needs to be done.

11. Finally, reward yourself.

Celebrate your daily victory. Give yourself a good reward especially when you know you’ve worked really hard and put all your effort into accomplishing all goals set. Think of what treat you can make for yourself.

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Comments

  1. BlesswellNo Gravatar says:

    Thats really awesome. This blog really helped a lot because i used to take some things for granted. Chen, thanks once again.

  2. Mohmad AdnanNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks , enjoy reading your simple but very useful tips.

  3. peterNo Gravatar says:

    These are quite handy and inspiring tips.
    I will put them into pracice and give you a feedback. I must say I have gained tremendously from your blog and will always give it a constant check.

  4. VladimirChenNo Gravatar says:

    Hi everybody,

    Thanks for your kind words, and I am so happy that you are all enjoying the Blog. Will be thrilled to see you back often.

    If you find this resource helpful please feel free to share it with your friends and family because there is so much more to share and write about.

    Thanks again!

  5. NoelNo Gravatar says:

    It’s really great to read your blogs. I am so fortunate that I don’t need to search for other information. Just by reading this blogs, it shows and directs me to the information where I can learn a lot of things which really improves my life inside and out. It saves my “TIME” a lot.

    Thank you very much! More Power…

  6. AigerimNo Gravatar says:

    Dear Vladimir, thank you for your hard job. These tips are awesome. Though I have been using some of them, most tips are geniuosly simple. Good luck.

  7. BahiNo Gravatar says:

    Hello Vovchik, it’s a great blog to read and learn a lot from.
    In particular, I liked the one about getting up early, because it is so hard to get up when you go to bed late because of the job and other chores. Thank you for good tips.

  8. VladimirChenNo Gravatar says:

    @ Noel – I am glad that reading the blog saves you lots of time. Thanks for the endorsement on “More Power” ;)

    @ Aigerim – You are most welcome. Good to know that you’ve applying some of the techniques. Knowing is nothing unless doing, right? Well done!

    @ Bahi – Hey man! I am so happy you find the blog useful. Yes, I agree getting up early is hard for a lot of people. Here is a good link. Go ahead and read it. Steve’s technique is really powerful http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/05/how-to-become-an-early-riser/ … In addition to what he says (getting enough sleep your body requires) there is one more thing to remember though. Start your day with things you are passionate about. It is another strategy I use ;)

  9. Mustapha HabitoucheNo Gravatar says:

    Hello Mr Vladimir, It is really great to have your tips as a support for the acomplshment of my future project. Thanks a lot and good luck.

  10. VladimirChenNo Gravatar says:

    Hello Mustapha. My very pleasure to know that you are benefiting from these tips and techniques. Just put them in use and I am sure that will contribute a whole great deal to the accomplishment of your future projects. Good luck to you too and thanks for reading!

  11. ParamitaNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks a lot for the 11 tips. I think they are really useful. I especially liked the 50/10/50/10 principle which i feel will really help me accomplish work! Thanks.

  12. VladimirChenNo Gravatar says:

    @ Paramita – Thanks for the kinds words. I am glad you find the tips useful. Yes, use the principle to help you accomplish your work and let us all know how it is going.

    Vladimir

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