Working from home needs more work ethics than working in an office. It’s just like growing up, in some ways. When you were little, your parents set the rules and all you did was follow them. You rebelled at times and couldn’t wait till you are an adult. Then when you become an adult, you realize that you are the one who is responsible now. No one tells you what to do and you have to govern yourself. That’s hard; working from home is even harder.
When you are working from home, you are your own boss. That might sound cool for a while until you realize you are taking this freedom thing way too far. Being your own boss is harder than having a boss. It’s even harder than being someone else’s boss. So the following five tips are for those of you who want to improve your work ethics and attract success to your life:
Wake Up Early
It is tempting to stay in bed just because you can. No one cares even if you sleep till noon. However, study after study has shown that morning is the best time to do analytical work that requires focus (unless you are a teenager of course; teenagers function better in the afternoon and evening). The other reason why I advise waking up early is, you’ll complete your daily task early. This is important because your friends and family get off work at 5pm. If you are done with your work, you can freely hang out with them. This will help you not to become detached from your loved ones.
2. Be On a Schedule
Make a daily, weekly, or monthly plan. Whichever one you choose, stick to it. Procrastination kills your online business faster than lack of skill or knowledge. I know this because I’d earn a Phd in procrastination, if there ever was one. It’s easier to procrastinate because if you think for 10seconds you will come up with hundreds of excuses. There’s always school; there’s always kids; there’s always better things to do. So, step up and block out your excuses.
3. Avoid Any Form of Distraction
This is a tough one for everyone who works from home. This is because you need the internet to work from home but the internet is also your major distraction (at least for most people). Asides from blogging, I do affiliate marketing. If you do this, you will know that you have to use social media for most part of your day. The problem here is, you also get personal messages and notifications from your friends and this is pretty distracting. What I did to avoid this was create other social media accounts dedicated for work. I also mute notifications for my personal accounts during my work hours.
The other form of distraction you might face is multi-tasking. Some people say they are good at it; but, personally I don’t think anyone can do equally good work simultaneously. At least, I know I can’t. This is where schedule comes in handy. You can schedule your day and make time for everything you have to do step by step. For example: writing from 9a.m.- 11:a.m., posting on social media from 11:30-12:30. You can schedule your day however you see fit; so that you don’t have to multi-task.
4. Actively Engage in Other Activities
I have seen some people getting absorbed in their work; especially, the moment they start seeing success. There are times when they don’t even talk to their families for days.This can’t be good for your mental, emotional or even physical health. Not having a balance between your personal and professional life can lead to: social awkwardness, stress, anxiety, obesity, etc. All of this combined, will have a negative impact on your career as well. Career aside, I don’t think anyone should go through any of these. So, take good care of yourself. Exercise, engage in social activities, hang out with your loved ones and lead a happy life. Your health should always come first.
5. Analyze Your Performance
Just because I wrote this last, it doesn’t mean it’s less important. Self-evaluation is the key to growth. You have to constantly keep track of your performance. You can do this on a weekly or monthly basis, based on your choice. Analyzing your performance will help you figure out what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong. This is the only way you can find out which social media is best for your type of business or what kind of content your viewers like to read. It also helps you to try new approaches for your business and whether or not these approaches improve your business. Luckily for you, there are a lot of tools that can help you track the performance of your online business.
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