Last time when I wrote about Problem with working from home, I mentioned some of the issues which we will face in long run when you work from home for a long time. It’s been almost 4 years that I have a home office (Not something that I’m proud of, time to get a real office)… and I realize my productivity level goes up and down with time.
Today, I looked back and trying to figure out what all could be possible reasons for bad productivity at times.
Learn from my Mistakes and Improve your Productivity
Right now, I’m in a 3 bedroom flat, where one is my personal room and another room is set as my office. When ever I work from home-office which is just a simple set up with table, chair, Printer, whiteboard and tripod, my productivity level goes up. I can work without much distraction and feeling lazy but at times when I get up with lazy mood and start working from my room, believe it or not, my productivity level falls. I don’t enjoy doing hard work (Technical stuff, new work), when I’m working from my bed but it’s the other ways when working from home based office.
Lesson learned: If you are one of Work from home kinda guy, set up a small office in your office. Treat it like a proper office and keep it distraction free and noise proof.
Multi-tasking sounds good when you talk about laptop, iPad or any technical device. But when it comes to human, we have one mind (One powerful processor) and it works best when we are dedicated to one thing at time. Usually it takes 2 hours for me to write a detailed tutorial but when I’m multi-tasking, time increases by 2X-3X for the same article. What a Waste of time!
Usually I get distracted by Facebook or Emails. Lately, I cut down my Facebook browsing habit and specially habit of keeping my Email tab open all the time. And when I’m doing writing or video shooting work, I put my phone on offline mode and it helped a lot to get the work done faster than earlier. Try it something and let me know how it worked for you.
Health is Wealth: And I mean it
Lately, I started getting little bit of health issues, which is usually back pain and feeling tired. It’s again a cost I’m paying for my untimely schedule of eating and gluing my eyes to laptop screen for long hours.
Solution: This is something I still have to work on. Have to start believing on “Health is wealth“. I made two failed attempt of going to Gym and work being my first priority I failed. I tried working out by getting up early morning, but my love to work at the silent hour of day (I.e Night), put my away from it. Hopefully I can remove this road-block in August and get back in time and shape 🙂
Work Priorities: 24 Hrs a day is never enough…
Earlier I had this habit of replying to all Emails, Fb messages, twitter Dms and it was indeed a good habit. But with time, the number of such Emails, messages increased and it’s increasing every day and due to this habit, I always missed out on priority work. From last 2-3 months, I cut down on this habit and starting putting more energy on work which needs more attention and priority.
Now, I start my day by writing an article, working on client projects, start filtering Emails and replying to important Emails first, Social media updates and spending time with other Blogger friends on Phone or Skype. Not replying to all the messages made me look like a mean blogger at times, but honestly I can’t do much about it. I would really like to help everyone but for that I need time and by the end of the day, I always get exhausted and my bad with all unreplied Facebook messages, but there is no excuse apart from “I was busy working on things which were more important to me”. Though, I often try to get back to all messages once in a while, but believe it or not, Facebook messages are one of the worse way to make first point of contact or to ask for help.
Here is a nice read from Nytimes regarding, what does people truly means when they say I’m busy. For common Emails like Guest posting, advertising enquiries, I started using Email template feature and it also helped me to save lots of time.
One Project at a time:
I’m enthusiastic about learning and doing new things and it’s always a good idea. This let me create almost 9 blogs in one year but it was a bad decision. After success of SML, I started creating many niche blog but now with time, I feel it’s better to have 3-4 blogs only and where I can write regularly and keep them updated. Right now, I’m trying to push only 3 blogs in my network and working on few niche blogs which doesn’t need more than 6-8 hrs of work in a month. For other blogs, I’m taking help of post scheduling and adding not more than 2-3 articles a month.
Tip: If you are managing more work than you can do alone, start outsourcing work. There are many awesome people who can get work done in time and at reasonable cost. Hard part is finding them, but once you have it, start outsourcing work. If not, in coming days you will find it hard to keep a balance between all the work and this will hamper your productivity.
Also maintain a to-do list, Gmail offers a Task tab or you can use any Smartphone app for To-do list, and make a list of things you need to do ASAP. Sooner you get rid of pending tasks, you will find yourself more relaxed and you can get other things done quickly. I concentrate more on getting priority things done first and then concentrate on other work.
It’s been a while I have updated this personal Blog and hope I can write more often here. Meanwhile, you should also check out my earlier article on SML, : How to transform your life today.
If you are also one of the work from home guys and you have also face problems or road block to keep up with your productivity, do let me know.