5 Productivity hacks to master working from home

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Boost your productivity and massively increase your output. Working from home as a freelancer doesn’t mean that you can’t be productive. Use these 5 simple productivity hacks to boost your productivity whilst you’re working from home.

  1. Outsourcing
  2. Daily plan
  3. Eliminate distractions
  4. Scarcity
  5. Manage your mental health

Working from home can be so unproductive at the best of times. Without a boss watching over us, it’s so easy to get distracted. Just by going on our laptops, we’re instantly notified of emails, Facebook notifications, and other notifications. Distractions are just everywhere, so you need to get some systems in place so you become more productive in your working days.

Use these 5 productivity hacks in this blog so you become more productive, feel on top of the world, and have happier clients.

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Outsourcing

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Plan where you’re going to spend your energy. As the boss of your freelance business, you know where your skills are best placed. Use your team or outsource to other freelancers to do the work that you’re not the greatest at. Then go all in on where you should be spending your energy.

To get the best out of your workday and achieve the goals you’re striving to achieve, delegate tasks that you’re not great at to your team.

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Daily plan

Plan out your day or even your week. By doing this your being proactive instead of reactive. When people don’t be proactively planning their day they end up starting the day checking emails and social media. Being reactive to everybody else and their demands.

Being reactive isn’t any good for you. You’re missing out on what you need to be doing to move your freelance business forward. So having a plan to be proactive is paramount. It all comes back to the 80/20 rule.

The 80/20 rule that says

“80% of outcomes (or outputs) result from 20% of all causes (or inputs) for any given event”

Vilfredo Pareto

Every day plan the most important things in order that you want to accomplish. Then with the Pareto principle, you’ll get that 80% done of what you want to achieve.

Achieve the most important task you want done by doing it in the morning. By doing it in the morning you don’t get distracted by other tasks, phone calls, or anything else that just happens to pop up. You get it over and done with and you’re left feeling proud of yourself that you’ve got that task checked off. Task done and dusted, now onto the second important task for the day after a well deserved coffee break.

As a freelancer, I get on and do the client tasks for are needed to be done first. Then when I’m caught up with doing client tasks, I respond to emails and social media comments whilst having my lunch break. After the lunch break, I schedule my social media, responding to any potential freelance gigs that are of interest to me, and pitching potential clients I’ve already built a relationship with.

If you’re starting out as a freelancer, pitching and responding to job boards may be what you do first. That’s alright. Just schedule your day to what’s important for your day and make you more productive.

Eliminate distractions

Working from home there are so many distractions. We’re constantly surrounded by distractions. Text messages, emails, Facebook, even the post man knocking on the door with another Amazon parcel. They are all distractions that are not helping your productivity.

To really eliminate these distractions you need to discipline yourself. Discipline yourself to stay in that zone of being focused working on the task at hand. After you’ve finished the task then you can see what that knock on the door was or that ping on your phone. If you don’t discipline yourself and keep getting distracted, you’ll lose the productivity.

Scarcity

When you were at college or school did you ever leave doing the assignments til the last minute? If so, then leaving your freelancing work til the last minute may be helping you with this productivity hack.

How this productivity hack works is by convincing yourself that the client work is due in earlier than what the client actually requested. This tricks your mind into thinking I’ve only got this amount of time to do the task in or it’s going to be late and I’ll have an unhappy client.

So with this scarcity (shortage of time), you’re being productive by actually cracking on and doing the client work not just leaving it till later.

Manage your mental health

Ultimately, your mental health will dictate your behavior. If you’re feeling depressed it will reduce your productivity. But if you’re feeling on top of the world and on fire, you’ll accomplish your goals for the day. So you really need to get on top of your mental health.

So when you start your day, you need to wake up with positive thoughts. Don’t start your day filled with negativity. Turn off the news or anything that could bring you down. Instead, listen to music or podcasts that boosts your mood and tells you that you can take on the world today.

To make sure that you tackle this, you really need to start making a ritual. A ritual to not absorb any content that could reduce your mood. But instead, absorb content that will uplift you and help you to smash the day. These are the top productivity hacks that I start with every day.

Think of an athlete, before they start a game, they warm up their body. A singer will warm up their vocal chords before performing on stage. As a freelancer you need to do some sort of ritual to warm yourself up before you start working and really focus solely on the job at hand.

In A Nutshell,

With the 5 productivity hacks you can remove distractions and hone in on doing the task that’s most important to your freelance business in that moment. Distractions are everywhere, especially when working from home. It could be distractions from phone calls, family, friends, or social media. We have distractions everywhere that are really impacting your productivity. Improve your productivity by using this eBook that’ll help you triple your output in half the time.