Working from home has been a luxury for many online business owners like myself. However, today, it has become the new normal for entrepreneurs working remotely because of social distancing guidelines. I must admit when you throw homeschooling into the mix, it is also the new norm for us work from home business owners as well. I want to give you some tips on what helps me stay focused and productive while juggling homeschool and everything else in between. These are my work from home productivity tips for entrepreneurs for 2021 and beyond.
Productivity Tip #1: Plan Ahead
Being your own boss is wonderful! After all you get to set your own schedule. You are finally living life on your own terms. However, the ability of setting your own schedule can also be a con for most. It’s easy to just go with the flow, but if you are to maximize productivity, you need to create a schedule by planning ahead. If you can plan out your entire week that would be awesome, but even planning the day before makes a huge difference.
Productivity Tip #2: Your Bed is for SLEEPING
It’s so convenient to sit up, grab your laptop and your phone on your nightstand and start your work day. This is a big no no! Get your butt up, give thanks to God for life and make your bed! Read the best morning rituals to help you establish a morning routine that will help you start your mornings on the right foot!
Productivity Tip #3: Get Fully Dressed
Have you ever just slopped around the house all day in your pajamas and unkept hair? How did you feel? Did you feel inspired to get things done or would you have rather sat on the couch, eat your favorite snacks and binge watch your favorite show? Pajamas and messy hair should never be the new office attire! I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “When you look good you feel good.” It’s true. How you look can affect your mood and your productivity. Dressing for success even when you’re doing zooms all day with the camera off can give you that extra pep you need to step into your greatness everyday.
Productivity Tip #4: But First Coffee….
I’m a huge proponent of coffee because it helps you to focus and increases mental alertness. Of course there are other ways to do this, if coffee is not your cup of tea. Some mornings I opt for my protein shake with my Greens as a meal replacement instead, which also helps to energize me in the mornings.
Productivity Tip #5: Exercise
Spending long durations of time, especially sitting, is not good for anyone. It also gives me anxiety. I guess apart of it was being forced to remain inside for most of 2020. Additionally, homeschooling 3 boys didn’t make it any easier. The only thing that kept me sane was working up a sweat. Now restrictions are more relaxed and going outside is becoming a part of normal life again, but we’re not through the woods yet. Take time everyday to get some fresh air. Go for a walk or a run, if you can. If you prefer to stay inside, it’s still a good idea to fit exercising for 20 to 30 minutes into your daily routine. You may not be able to control everything, but the one thing you can control is keeping your body in motion and your mind sharp. Exercising your brain by reading and learning new material is also important.
Productivity Tip #6: Set Up A Work Space
Home is often our comfort zone. Setting up an area that is conducive to working is crucial if you want to get anything done. If you have a home office already, good for you! However, if you’re new to working from home, you may need to create one. If you don’t have an extra room in the house, a garage or a shed where you can set up shop, choose an area in your house that is secluded and quiet. Find an inexpensive desk and chair online. Create a functional workspace that will inspire you to get working!
Productivity Tip #7: Schedule the Whole Family
If you are currently trying to find the balance between working from home and homeschooling, creating a schedule for your kids is just as important as creating a schedule for yourself! After all, you don’t want to get overwhelmed with the guilt of not being able to do either one effectively. When we first started adapting to the new norm, this was happening to me. I have 3 boys all under the age of 6. I’ve had many days of not being able to do it all. I had to find a solution.
Their schedule should start from early in the morning until bedtime. I have found that they only need about 2 to 3 hours of schooling everyday. You can also utilize programs. like ABC mouse. I put the oldest two on for an hour to two hours a day as I get things done.
I make sure they go to bed by 9pm. I’m considering adjusting this to 8 pm to give me more time to tie up any loose ends or simply taking time for myself before I go to bed. I would suggest doing this so that you can get up early in the mornings. Those morning hours are great for getting things done, no distractions. There is no demanding little human asking for water or wanting to play or cuddle at the most inappropriate times!
Productivity Tip #8: Utilize the Pomodoro Technique
I often call this technique my secret weapon. It has served me tremendously and I can honestly say that I get more done throughout my day than I did before I implemented it. Although I can see the big picture, I tend to get overwhelmed when I think about it. It often feels like I’m racing against time and I’m losing. The pomodoro technique has helped me to release that anxiety by placing time on my side, or at least the perception of time.
This time management technique allows me to break all of my daily tasks into 25 minute intervals. I never knew so much could be done in 25 minutes! This helps me to complete my task quickly and efficiently. I take short breaks in between to decompress. I can be pretty intense when I’m working on a project, but at least now I can do it without the anxiety because I feel like I am in control.
Productivity Tip #9: NOW is the Time to Work on Projects You’ve Always Wanted To
This time we’re all going through can be looked at as a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. It has allowed us to have more time, to focus on things that are important to us, uninterrupted by all the frivolous cares of the world. You can continue the waste the time you’ve probably been complaining about not having because of work or you can now use that time it took to commute to work and do something that makes you excited about life!
I hope that these work from home productivity tips can help you to become a more intentional and effective entrepreneur this year! May 2021 be your most prosperous year yet!
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