New Video: the 5 secrets to productivity (work from home edition)

Life is filled with distractions.

And for that exact reason, time management is something that everyone struggles with at one point or another – whether you have a traditional 9-5 or you work from home.

But the thing about working from home that makes things more difficult than going into an office every morning is that many of those distractions become more apparent.

You live where you work, so there is a lot less separation. The dishes need to be done, the laundry is piling up, and your dog is practically begging you to take her to the dog park.

AND you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck, so accountability practically flies out the window. Uh-oh!

So you are going to need a game plan for combating those constant disturbances, so you can stay productive (and motivated) while working from home.

I am going to give you that game plan in this five minute video.

If you are currently struggling to stay on top of it all, take a few minutes to watch this video, and then let me know in the comments below which of these 5 tips was the most helpful for you.

Have your own time management tricks? Great! You can leave your response in the comments below too.

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Thanks for the video Brittni.
My tip is about how you get your head in the game.

While it is fun to set about your work day still dresses in your pjs. I think showing up for work dressed in office casual attire puts you in a better mental space when you set about doing your job from home.

If you take your job seriously, so will others.

Judy Little

Hi Leah. Once you set those boundaries with your friends, it will make things easier for everyone. And if they want to chat during work time for example, try scheduling a lunch date at a cafe or your favorite restaurant instead of having them come over to the house. You have to eat sometime, so lunch is a great excuse for a break. And when the two of you are done eating your meal, you’ll know it’s time to go back to work. Easy peasy. 🙂
-Brittni

papernstitch

Van, great idea to use a timer. I use the Timer option on my iPhone, and it really does help to set it for, say, 15 minute increments, and then stay away from the computer, working solely on bracelets until the 15 minutes is up. Then I can have 10 minutes or so for gratuitous internet time (wheee!) and then 15 minutes again for knotting away. Rinse and repeat.

Also, Brittni, I really appreciate and needed the advice to set a time for work and time for chatting with friends; not being able to draw a clear line between the two is one of my vices, unfortunately! I think it will help both my friends and myself to know that I’m serious about growing my business if I do this, though.

Thanks for this video, it’s definitely food for thought… and for acting on!

Leah

Hi Donaville! I totally understand! Craft supplies can be a big distraction for me too at times. To combat that, I try to keep my supplies organized neatly in my closet. They are easy to get to when I need to get to ’em, but they are “out of sight, out of mind” (kind of) when need be because I can just close the closet door.

Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment.

-Brittni

papernstitch

Note to self! Great tips here. New Video: the 5 secrets to productivity (work from home edition) http://t.co/u1w6bf5p @papernstitch

Megan Sass (@meganesass)

I work from home and these tips are great. I suffer from a chaotic workspace … partly because my mind wanders off to craftgawker from time to time during breaks and I whip out my craft supplies … should designate a separate area for that or at least at the opposite end of the room 😉

Donaville

No doubt it is HARD, thanks for sharing! RT @thevedahouse Great tips for staying focused while working at home http://t.co/vutqd4lg

Cori Magee (@prettyhautemess)

note to self, read this, you need it. @papernstitch http://t.co/Lsgyn0do

(@twigcreative) (@twigcreative)

RT @thevedahouse: Some really great tips for staying focused while working at home by @papernstitch / http://t.co/U5KPeM7q

(@mariahdanielsen) (@mariahdanielsen)

RT @thevedahouse: Some really great tips for staying focused while working at home by @papernstitch / http://t.co/U5KPeM7q

(@twigcreative) (@twigcreative)

RT @thevedahouse: Some really great tips for staying focused while working at home by @papernstitch / http://t.co/U5KPeM7q

Victoria Hudgins (@asubtlerevelry)

RT @thevedahouse: Some really great tips for staying focused while working at home by @papernstitch / http://t.co/U5KPeM7q

Rhianna Lederman (@ello_lovey)

Hey Pocky. Sounds like you are doing pomodoros, which is awesome! http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/ It’s a great time management technique for those that are having trouble. Whenever I am feeling a little out of sorts with my workload, I do a few pomodoros to get myself back on track. Thanks for stopping by!
-Brittni

papernstitch

Some really great tips for staying focused while working at home by @papernstitch / http://t.co/U5KPeM7q

(@thevedahouse) (@thevedahouse)

This comes at just the right time for me, because I’m trying to change my habits to make room for my crafty dreams of having my own business (while currently working an 8-5 & helping get another business started).

One thing that I’ve found is working really well for me is to write down any thing that pops into my mind that requires work (which is just about anything). Then I set a timer to work for 25 minutes on my ever growing list, & take a 5 minute break after that to give my brain or body a rest. So far it’s really helping me stay on track & motivating me to get more on my list done.

Pocky

Hi Van. You are absolutely right. Setting a timer as part of your scheduling routine can be very helpful. It’s easy to loose track of time when you are busy working (or busy procrastinating), so that timer is a great idea. Good tip.
-Brittni

papernstitch

RT @papernstitch New Video: the 5 secrets to productivity (work from home edition): Watch this video on… http://t.co/GduL5Dz9

(@thriftcore) (@thriftcore)

A perfect post for me to read today, I spent one hour just sipping tea and reading articles…oops.

What helps me be hyper-productive is using a time and setting a strict schedule. I schedule a different task per hour, set the timer, and work hard to complete it before time runs out. This way I make a little progress toward important tasks every day.

The timer really helps- it’s easy to waste a lot of time on smaller tasks when we need to be using the bulk of our time toward the big projects that make a difference.

Great video/post 🙂

Van

Hi Violet! So glad this video came at the right time for you. Having your own space will be a great help when you move to a new place. Just remember that even a small space can be a perfect studio – as long as it works for you, that’s all that matters. Good luck with your move!
-Brittni

papernstitch

This article comes at a great time for me Brittani! We are currently looking for a new (much larger) house- and one of my top priorities is finding a unique, separate space just for my web design studio. I completely agree with you- working from home can be very hard when there are so many distractions, and I remember when Jena (Modish) said that it takes 15 minutes for you to get ‘back on task/back in the groove’ after being disrupted- whoa!

2012 is all about reducing those distractions for me, and so far so good. 😉 Great video, thanks for sharing!

Violet
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