Stop These 4 Productivity Killers Today
One of the greatest things about working from home is the ability to multi-task. You can have laundry going while you’re writing, soup on the stove while you’re researching, and your furry friend on your lap while you’re listening to your AWAI online classes.
These are all real luxuries that many people don’t get to experience!
The trick, however, is not letting these little luxuries become major distractions.
The daily schedule we talked about yesterday is one of the best ways to ensure this doesn’t happen. But, unless you make a conscious effort to prevent distractions, they may still find their way into your busy workday.
Recent studies show it’s not only the number of hours you work that matters, it’s the focused quality of that work that determines mastery.
Here are some pro tips you can enact today that will ensure a distraction-free workday:
- Be selective when answering the phone. You might want to consider having an outgoing message that broadcasts the four hours each day you accept and return phone calls.
- Turn off the TV. Minimize all noise that pulls your thoughts and concentration away from your writing. For most, this also includes music.
- Don’t use home projects as avoidance tools. If you know you should be marketing, but you find yourself cleaning out your closet, ask yourself, “Is this moving me toward my goal?”
- Log out of all social media. If you’re logged into Facebook while writing and that tempting little (1) shows up on a browser tab, it’s too hard NOT to check. All of a sudden you’re commenting, liking and scrolling … and you’ve lost your train of thought. Just log out!
Lastly, if you specifically find that household chores are a big distraction for you, start scheduling them into your daily routine like we discussed yesterday. That way, you can stay focused, knowing you’ve allocated time for chores later. You won’t break into your concentrated work period to do the dishes and tidy up the living room.
What are other tricks you have for ridding your environment of distractions? Share with your fellow writers in the comments.
Tomorrow, I’m going to share an activity that will help reinforce your decision to become a full-time freelancer, just in case you get some first-week jitters.
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