1. First Step: Unleash the BOSS Within
This is one of the hard things about working on your own. Sometimes we only have the discipline to accomplish something when we are under external pressure. But do we have the sense of obligation required to work on our own? This will be put to proff once you start working at home full-time.
You will understand that working at home is not as easy as it may seem, in fact it will require that you change a lot the way you used to work before. Working for yourself means you have to be your own boss, and that can be translated as a lot of discipline and sense of obligation.
2. Watch Your Posture
People that spend long hours in front of a computer tend to disregard the importance of a good posture. Aside from obvious physical and health problems related to bad posture, your productivity and brain performance are also highly affected.
It is known that a bad posture makes you lazy, and sitting for long periods of time in an unconfortable chair can lead you to get tired faster, thus leading to a negative impact on your productivity. Consider buying a better chair or ergonomic input peripherals if you feel you’re not working in a comfortable way.
3. Limit Your Distraction
Distraction can be good to clear your mind after a lot of work, but don’t let it become too often, or else you can lose track of time. Try to set small goals daily, so that you have a way to measure how much distraction is impacting your work.
4. Go Out for a While
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed and drained by your work, even if you work at home. If you don’t take care, that can be as overwhelming as working for any big corporation out there with bad bosses. In the long term, your productivity is related to discipline and organization, not overworking.
5. Increase Your Focus
If you can’t get a quiet place to work, try the best you can to reduce noise around you. You can try to use headphones, for exemple, with a nice relaxing music, or something that could increase your focus, like binaural beats. Always keep in mind that focus = productivity = money.
6. Combat Imediatism
Always try to think in the long term. That’s a rule that applies for most things in life and it’s not different for home office. You will need to develop your skills and improve your efficiency to get higher income.
Don’t give up on jobs just because they are not paying what you expected at first, just continue improving instead and try to aim for possibilities in the future.
7. Turn Daily Failures into Stepping Stones
Failure is just a step towards success.. so, as insane as this may sound, you could actually get very far if you let yourself fail more often. That way, you will learn faster about what mistakes not to commit and thus your path to success will become clearer.