As solopreneurs, staying productive can be tricky, particularly if you’re juggling tasks in a work-from-home setting. Let’s dive into some strategies that can help you reclaim your productivity.
Battling the Clutter
We often think of clutter as physical stuff lying around, like papers and random office supplies on our desk. But clutter isn’t just about the mess on your desk. It’s also about the space around you. Is there a path leading to your desk that’s cluttered? Does your car need a clean-up? Try to assess the overall physical clutter you deal with daily.
Then there’s mental and emotional clutter, like stress and worry. Name these worries, create an action plan, and address them head-on.
Dressing for Success
When working from home, it’s tempting to stay in pajamas all day. But dressing for work can help shift your mindset to a more productive one. Do you have a dedicated workspace? Even if it’s just a corner of a room, it’s essential that you and the others in your house know this is where you work.
Working from home can blur the line between work and home life. So, set office hours and stick to them. Additionally, make sure the people in your home understand what an emergency is. If they know when not to disturb you, it will lead to fewer interruptions.
Plan Your Days
Without a plan, your day can quickly spin out of control. So, sit down and create an action plan for your day. Without one, you’re inviting disaster.
Working from home can quickly lead to feelings of overwhelm, as you juggle work and home responsibilities. Consider what situations tend to overwhelm you and develop a plan to mitigate these issues.
Ambient Noise and Focus
Both in the corporate environment and at home, ambient noise can distract you. It could be a barking dog, a loud TV, or even the elevator door opening. Make a list of all the ambient noises that you experience and find ways to control them.
Consider implementing the ‘Do Not Disturb’ function on your phone. If you have an iPhone with iOS 15, you can use the ‘Focus’ mode to determine who can contact you and what apps can send notifications.
Disable unnecessary notifications, close programs you’re not actively using, and try to do one thing at a time. Resist the temptation to multitask, as it can actually hinder productivity.
Make time to be silent. It might sound odd, but taking a break to be quiet and not engage with any devices or tasks can help refresh your mind.
Also, learn to say ‘no.’ When you say yes to something in the future, you’re borrowing time from your future self. So think twice before agreeing to new commitments.
Lastly, always maintain a spirit of learning. The most successful people are lifelong students. So, aim to learn something new every day.
If you have a door, use it. Close it when you need to focus. If you’re in a corporate environment without a door, find a quiet, vacant office or conference room where you can focus. Avoid working in a fishbowl, an entirely glass-enclosed office, which can be a major distraction.
As a solopreneur, productivity is crucial. By addressing both physical and mental clutter, setting boundaries, and taking care of your focus, you’ll be able to maintain productivity, even when working from home.
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