6 Tips to Work From Home & Achieve More

December 3, 2007 - Written by Gyutae Park  

workfromhome.jpgWorking for yourself from home is extremely hard work. Sure it comes with a ton of benefits like being your own boss, working your own hours, creating your own ideas, and executing your own plan. However, for some people these “benefits” really are not benefits at all and are in fact the cause of much distress and trouble. Too much independence without proper direction and motivation can lead to small goals, poor time management, and a negative attitude. You no longer have a boss to order you around or predefined deadlines to complete deliverables. Instead, you’re going to have to find motivation within yourself to improve and succeed. The ball’s in your court. How are you going to handle it?

Here are 6 tips to ensure that you are motivated, on-task, and productive even as you work for yourself. Make sure you review each and incorporate them into your daily routines.

  1. Set lofty goals
    When working for yourself, it’s easy to get comfortable and keep yourself from achieving more. For motivation, set high goals for yourself every month with a plan of action to accomplish them. These goals should be high, but attainable at the same time. If your goals are too high, it is easy to get discouraged and give up. Find a good balance. Write down a list of your goals on a piece of paper and plaster it in places with high visibility. Put your goals on your desktop, on your refrigerator, on your door, or on your laptop case. This will remind you of what you are striving for and motivate you to reach higher and work harder.
  2. Use pen and paper when writing a to do list
    In this digital age, many people have forgotten how to write with an actual pen and paper. I find that writing something down by hand increases my creative flow and helps me to visualize my to do list more effectively. This is also more efficient because you can always add to your list without requiring access to a computer.
  3. Make sure you write down a schedule with time limits and deadlines for each
    You may not have a boss but that doesn’t mean you no longer have any deadlines or requirements for your work. If you want to be successful it is important to be responsible and be motivated to work with a specific timeline with deadlines. Create a schedule for yourself, aligned with the goals you wrote in the previous section, and give yourself reasonable time limits for each action and deadline. You can always tweak this as necessary but the goal here is to push yourself and stay motivated.
  4. Focus on the most profitable actions
    The 80-20 rule applies here. 20% of your actions lead to 80% of your results. Knowing this, focus on your most profitable activities and don’t get caught up in minute details that do little for your bottom line.
  5. Work away from distractions
    You may not have a corporate office setting to commute to every morning, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t find a good “office”. Work away from all distractions – dogs, beds, televisions, children, and noisy places. You don’t have to stay in the same place every time, but you definitely want to go for optimal working conditions. Of course, this is going to differ from person to person.
  6. Have accountability
    Having a business partner can be a great benefit in running your business. However, if you are working alone, make sure you have some sort of accountability to get your work done. Ask your friends or significant others to help you stay on track. Rent office space if that means you’ll feel bad for paying rent and not getting any work done. Get as many people involved as possible to help motivate you both directly and indirectly.
  7. Can you think of any more tips for a work-at-home Internet entrepreneur to stay motivated and on task? What do you do to stay productive?

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12 Responses to “6 Tips to Work From Home & Achieve More”

McBilly on December 3rd, 2007

I have to truly agree with setting your own deadlines. I have experience a lot of projects getting dragged because of procrastination taking over. Anyway, great list Gyutae. :D

 
Gyutae Park on December 3rd, 2007

@McBilly
Procrastination is definitely a killer. I’ve found good success by setting actionable goals and deadlines for myself. It takes a lot of self discipline but it gets a lot easier once you get into a routine.

 
Jeff on December 4th, 2007

Well done and very well presented. Procrastination is a killer. Life has enough distractions on it’s own without you adding your own.

Thanks for the post.

 
McBilly on December 4th, 2007

I’ve started to utilize setting deadlines as some kind of pressure to get me off my butt and work. Hehe. Thanks for the tips buddy. :D

 
Nick on December 6th, 2007

I think that setting lofty goals is an absolute must. I don’t work from home 100% of the time but a lofty goal for myself would be to get my blog to start paying some bills! I’m growing the traffic…next I need to monetize! ;)

 
Jerlene on December 9th, 2007 Subscribed to comments via email

Writing things down with a pen and paper is definitely more effective than a computer. I often go days or simply forget altogether what I’m supposed to do.
Even though I set time limits, I never follow them. Oh well, I’ll learn.
I have no distractions other than my t.v. but it actually helps me concentrate more.

 
Meanna Blog on December 11th, 2007 Subscribed to comments via email

If you’re a time poor person working from home it’s a good idea to read up on the great book by Tim Ferris, ‘The Four Hour Workweek’. The guy is crazy and tested how outsourcing his life would help him make the same money in 4 hours a week rather than 12 hours a day. Read more here: http://www.thisblogwillpaymymortgage.com/?p=8

 
Jerlene on December 18th, 2007

I don’t think WAH people have enough energy to read about these things. I’m sure a lot of them wouldn’t be WAH if they did.

 
Meanna Blog on December 20th, 2007 Subscribed to comments via email

Hi Jerlene, what do you mean they wouldn’t be WAH if they did?

 
Jerlene on December 20th, 2007

If people had more energy they’d have a desire to do bigger things, not WAH. That’s no one’s first choice.

 
Jonathan on March 25th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Bang.. hit the nail on the head. I like the pen and paper to do list. I’ve been waffling between one of these and my Outlook.. but Outlook’s gotta go..

 
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