How To Become More Efficient With Your Work
Working from home can be the dream for many people but it isn’t as easy as you think. At first it is really exciting but eventually it can take over your life, this is something it used to do to me every day however I have made systems so I am not working all day long.
Working from home has great advantages, you have freedom to do what you want when you want, you’re not told to do anything by your boss because you are your own boss. Not having your own boss means you do not have someone telling you what to do, what you do have instead is work that needs to be completed for your business to grow.
Having freedom of work hours also has its problems, you start work and don’t know when to stop, you have work that need to be completed and you won’t sleep until it is done or you will work until 10pm or later to get it done. This in turn will effect your sleep as unless you are super tired you may struggle to sleep at the time of 10pm as your brain hasn’t had time to relax and is still working hard.
If you are unable to differentiate from work and relax this can become a problem as you don’t know when to switch off. Your office is at home so you can easily just get up from your bed and start work at any time you want.
I suffered from all of the above so I created systems so I could separate my work from my down time.
A vital tool to making sure you don’t become a slave to your work is set yourself a schedule and keep to it! Whatever time you feel you work best at, set that time for work and keep to it. I prefer to work 9am to 5pm as I get a good night rest, exercise in the morning and have the rest of the day to get all my tasks done.
Make A List
One of the most important things to becoming efficient in your work is creating a list of things to do for the day, this way you are not procrastinating and you have specific tasks to do one after the other.
- Have Kindle cover created for **** book
- Create new Email for **** book
- Create Email List for **** book on Aweber
- Create squeeze page promotion for **** book on Lead Pages
- Create Email Series for **** book on Aweber
These are the tasks I do every time I create a new book, the tasks are done quickly and efficiently because I know exactly what I am doing. Without this list sometimes I forget to do a task and then I have to back track and stop another project to get one of the tasks done.
Most Important Things First
There are two types of tasks; important and repetitive. An important task is something new that need to be done that will further your business such as having a book converted to paper back or setting up an email series, a repetitive task is answering emails which can be done once or twice a day. The reason why I say repetitive tasks is they can get you into a horrible cycle where they can eventually take your time and you will be doing them all day long and you will get nothing important done.
What To use To Write Down?
Everyone has a preference where to write their list, I prefer to write down my list in a note book, this helps to keep my mind free, to think a little more and keeps my mind separate from technology. If you prefer to take notes using technology there are several options all of which will sync between your mobile device and your computer.
Becoming more efficient in my work has done wonders for me, I get more done, I have more energy and I now look forward to everyday as I know I am building something for my future which gives me direction. Creating a schedule was the most important thing I have done to date for efficiency because it has finally given myself something to follow and now am able to complete tasks quicker.
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