Your kitchen counter may be the most cost-effective business hub in the entire world. There are numerous benefits to being an entrepreneur who works from home, along with an equal amount of challenges… Even if your home office is a just a $50 Ikea desk in the corner of your bedroom, adding the word ‘office’ makes quite a difference as to how others perceive what you do when describing where you work. Since some may people may look down at working from home, mostly because the idea is such a foreign concept, the phrase ‘home office’ will instantly change others perception of what you do and may even cause envy. Here are some tips for stay-at-home entrepreneurs that will help you be more productive, happy and successful.
1. Leverage your willpower
We have a finite amount of willpower to get things done. Use it to accomplish your most important and challenging tasks first thing in the morning. Limit yourself to four to six items a day, placing your most challenging tasks first. Limiting yourself to this manageable amount will force you to only focus on the most important tasks on your list.
2. Create a new productive habit every 30 days
Productive habits are formed by committing to doing something at the same time daily, then repeating daily. Only focus on creating a single habit at a time in a 30-day period. Imagine how much more effective you will be in 12 months from now, after creating 12 new productive habits this year. If you are not already doing daily exercise, then commit to making that your first habit. Exercise increases your energy, improves your focus and even helps you sleep better. Start with creating the healthy habit of becoming and staying fit.
3. Learn to say no
When it is time to work you will be most productive if you turn off your phone and shut down your e-mail browser. Learn to say no to answering the phone, especially from numbers you don’t recognise as they can easily pull you away from your productive efforts. Learning to say no also means saying no to yourself – don’t take on the next project until you complete the task at hand.
4. Schedule and batch like tasks
Most people’s to-do lists are ordered in a priority list. Batching like tasks is a productivity hack that can save you lots of time. So when you need to make a call, make all your calls, and when you need to write an e-mail, write all your e-mails in one sitting. Sometimes we plain just don’t want to do work and would rather watch TV or play. Schedule fun as a reward for working. Thanks to Peter Drucker, we know it is best to work in blocks of one hour or more, but who said that you had to stay home every day? After all, you started your business so you could have freedom.