Work@home: proven + extreme productivity tips
Working from home can be just as productive as working in an office, according to a recent article in the New York Times.
Or, alas, as nonproductive as working in an office.
To squeeze the most out of your work-at-home time, try these three proven productivity tactics. Deploy the extreme versions when you need extra motivation to stay on task.
- Set a deadline. Experts say you’re more motivated to get work done when your client, boss or agent expects you to turn in a project by a specific date or time.
But setting a deadlines is small motivational potatoes, if you ask me. To really kick up your motivation, turn to the next column.
- Set a timebomb. Watch any Hollywood action flick and you’ll see that ticking timebombs are the ultimate motivational tool. So forget namby-pamby deadlines, and get yourself a machismo motivator: dynamite, wires and timer.
Try a DYNAMITE deadline to motivate you.
You’ll hear that bomb ticking, ticking, TICKING… and you’ll see from the readout that it’s going to EXPLODE in just 3 minutes, 2 seconds and counting. If you don’t want doom, death and destruction, you’d better defuse that time bomb—meaning get your work done—and FAST.
See? Your pulse is racing already!
- Get accountable. If you’re a sole practitioner, you might put off your own business projects since no one else will know you’ve postponed them. The solution is to bring in social accountability.
Consider my example. I team up with Llyane, a fellow entrepreneur in Toronto. We exchange our lists of business goals for the week, and talk each Monday to review how we performed against our previous week’s business goals.
While this works for me, I suspect it’s too b-o-r-i-n-g for someone as exciting as you. Hop on over to the next column to see what I recommend for you.
- Get extreme accountability. Forget exchanging goals with business colleagues. You’d do well with Dr. Discipline, Madame Meanie or a really p*ssed off professional wrestler.
Hiring a professional disciplinarian—I mean, accountability partner–forces you to get your work done… or ouch!
A professional meanie ensures productivity.
- Focus with a timer. Close your email, turn off the sound to your phone, shut your office door… and your browser. Set a timer for 15 or 30 or 60 minutes. Then work like your business or job depends on it, because it does.
Yes, the timer technique works. Thousands of writers and others set timers to focus on the job at hand.
But I honestly don’t believe you need a timer. From what I hear, the tip to the right could work magic for you.
- Extreme focus. You’ll need help for this. Before your spouse or significant other leaves for work in the morning, have him or her strap you into your desk chair.
Butt-in-chair is a proven facilitator for getting deskwork done. Once you’re strapped down, simply focus on your work projects. You’ll easily ignore the siren calls of unwashed laundry and errands.
There you go: Follow these tips–proven or extreme–for maximum productivity at home. Enjoy!
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below:
What is YOUR top productivity tip?
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