Maximizing Productivity When Working From Home
Three Ways Any Online Freelancer Can Minimize Work Distractions
One of the biggest challenges that any online freelancer faces is dedicating at-home days to work rather than play. It is easy to embrace the freedom of online work – the variable schedules, the personal work periods and ease of relaxation – and take it too far. From three-hour lunches to extended afternoon breaks browsing online videos, the potential to abuse that freedom is always lurking around the corner, or sometimes lurking right on screen for those working from home.
Thankfully, there are tips as well as productivity suites and tools that make minimizing distractions significantly simpler than it once was. From browser plug-ins to office presets, minimizing work input and boosting output is not a huge challenge. Using these tips, tricks and tactics, any online freelancer can maximize productivity for tasks that they may not be 100% interested in but will be 100% dedicated to.
Using Website Blockers
Many people who work from home often find themselves in this situation: It is the perfect day for online productivity. They are packed full of ideas for their projects and ready to begin a whole day of work. All of a sudden they find themselves going through their social network accounts, watching videos on YouTube and wasting an entire hour of valuable time.
Every online freelancer has seen this happen and it is never something that should happen on a regular basis. Thankfully, there are apps and browser plug-ins that can put a stop to it. One of the most innovative and useful types of browser plug-ins are those that systematically and selectively block websites that people working from home often waste time on. From social networking platforms to video sites, such apps and plug-ins can force any online freelancer to work and maximize productivity within certain periods.
Closing Email Tabs
Of course, those working from home need to keep in contact with their clients. However, keeping email tabs open all the time does nothing but slow their work to a crawl. The most productive online freelancers take a more advanced and productivity-friendly strategy. They check their email accounts every two hours during the day or even once every morning and once at night.
Once they eliminate the need to check their email accounts constantly, they can focus on their online freelancing work, eliminate needless requests and distractions, and enjoy multi-hour slots of massive productivity.
Customizing Operating Systems
No matter what operating system an online freelancer is using, there are options available to customize it for maximum work and productivity. From minimalist desktops to tailored docks and start bars, customizing a workstation for ultimate output is not at all difficult. Those working from home can start by removing anything that does not directly contribute to productive work, or at least removing them from their dock or sidebar. Then, they can work towards putting main applications in priority spots and pushing semi-frequent use applications further away from their main productivity suites.
Those on Mac OS X have further options for customization. If they favor multiple desktops, they can use Spaces to dedicate one area to online freelancing work, another for research and another for leisure and recreation.
For those who work from home, maximizing productivity is very important. By following the tips above, any online freelancer can distance their work from play. They can also keep their mind strictly focusing on their tasks and minimize the possibility of wasting time, aimlessly flicking from one useless activity to the next.