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How to Improve Your Productivity When Working From Home

It has always been my dream to work from home and when I finally achieved my dream to start my own business, I was so happy to say goodbye to long commutes, office politics and unappreciative bosses.

Little did I know that working from home had its own unique challenges. One of them was staying productive while working from home.

It’s tempting to slack a bit while working from the comfort of your own home. No one bothers you with deadlines and the environment is extremely cozy. But as a freelancer, I had to discipline myself. I realised that unless I improve my productivity, I’m not going to get further in my work.

 

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If you’re like me and you’re looking for a way to stay productive, then here are 5 ways to improve your productivity when working from home.

 

  1. Create a productive workspace

You need to create a clearly defined workspace where you can focus on anything work or business related. Create a workspace with a desk and a chair where you can sit and do all your work so that whenever you sit in that space it’ll always put you in the mood to get productive.

Although it may feel comfortable to work curled up in your bed, more often than not, it doesn’t inspire productivity. This is because your bed only inspires sleep and relaxation.

 

  1. Prepare your schedule the night before

Planning your day is the best way to stay productive. When you prepare your schedule the night before, it puts you in that state of mind that there are tasks that need to be done.

A schedule keeps you on track of the tasks that need to done for the day, what time you’re meant to do them and how long each task will take. Productive people are always dependent on their schedule. Without a schedule, you won’t know which task to do and that can be a huge time-waster, if you ask me.

 

  1. Take breaks

This may sound very counterintuitive but taking breaks actually helps you stay productive. Breaks give you the opportunity to recharge before working on the next task. A 5 to 10 minute break can do wonders to refocus your concentration on the next task ahead. So, make sure that you schedule breaks when planning your day.

 

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  1. Avoid distractions

Put your phone away. Turn off the television. Don’t check your notifications. In short, avoid anything that can distract you from working.

You may have heard a lot of people being able to multitask. But research shows that multitasking doesn’t actually make you productive. Distractions take you away from actually maintaining uninterrupted workflow.

 

  1. Break your tasks into chunks

As much as we all want to devote 100 percent concentration to our work, it’s far more important for your productivity to break down your tasks into smaller manageable tasks.

This will help you complete your work a lot faster as it will be less overwhelming to tackle a large task. When your tasks are broken down into manageable chunks, it helps you focus your attention on your workload one chunk at a time.

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3 Benefits of becoming a massage therapist

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If you are still thinking of what career to pursue, you may want to consider becoming a massage therapist. It is becoming very high in demand, especially with the discovery of the benefits of massage therapy. People do not only get massages to pamper themselves, but to also treat other ailments.

 

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It also does not take too long to become a certified massage therapist, with some training taking less than a year. Aside from that, there are also plenty of work opportunities for those who are considering this field. Take a look at the list below for some of the benefits of becoming a massage therapist.

 

  1. It is a rewarding career

     One of the best things about being a massage therapist is being able to help your client. Whatever setting you are working on, whether it’s in a clinic or in a spa, you know that you are doing something to improve the wellbeing of your client. Most people experience stress almost every day, and getting a massage is the perfect way to relieve that stress. Some are even able to build a good relationship with their clients, and they can see just how their massage sessions can help their clients to not think of their worries and just enjoy and pamper themselves.

 

  1. There are a lot of work opportunities, or you can be your own boss

    There are so many places that may require a massage therapist. You can choose to be in a healthcare setting and work with chiropractors, nurses, or even in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. If you are not looking for work in a healthcare setting, you can also choose recreational facilities like hotels or spas. You can even go on a cruise ship and enjoy traveling while earning money. Or, you can also set up your own business. All you need is a massage table and proper training and you can already start earning money! Just make sure that you get an accredited massage course, like those from Dave Taylor Training, so you can be assured that you are receiving the best training possible. You can even choose to specialize in certain types of massages, like sports massage in order to cater to more specific clients.

 

  1. You can set your own hours

    If you are the type of employee who does not like to keep regular hours, this type of work is perfect for you, especially if you choose to build your own business and become a solo practitioner. You can have the choice of working only during the time you want. For example, you prefer to work at weekends only, or during the evenings. These can all be done as a massage therapist. Of course, you need to make sure that you have a steady stream of clients so that you can enjoy more free time. That way, all your clients need to do is set up an appointment with you. You can choose to have your own space or you can go to their homes and service them there.

 

How my first job at 18 taught me to be a boss

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I got a job in a retail bank as a customer service when I was 18 years old. It was my first job. I got a 3 months contract with this bank that cannot named for many reasons. It was an internship sort of contract. Part of the requirements of my Bsc Accounting Degree at the university. I remember the experience being hard at first for me as a teenager. It was my first job, so understandably I found it a bit difficult waking up extra early every morning for 3 months to be at my desk ready for customers by 8am.

This job was nothing I taught it would be when I daydreamed about it many years ago. I saw myself working somewhere fun and far away. I thought of jobs like ski chalet jobs, and working as a life guard on a beautiful beach. But my reality was far from that. Having said that, it was a fun role. I enjoyed the experience and all it taught me.

 

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Here are some things I took away with me –

 

The early bird catches the worm

I learnt the importance of being punctual for every job. I also learnt the importance grabbing every business opportunity that comes my way. With this job, opportunities came in form of customers wanting to open accounts but were unsure of which account to go for, and so on. I have taken this life lesson away with me to the self – employment world, and it helps me stay on top of my game. Being on time and making the most of the opportunities that come my way have helped my business.

 

Be professional

My manager taught me the importance of being professional and I carried took those life lessons with me. Staying professional and being myself at various workplace have saved my sanity and job. I always remember to stay professional even now that I work for myself. And I think it is more important to be professional when you run your own business or work for yourself as it is easy to cross the line with clients and business associates.

 

Dress to impress

My customer service role didn’t really teach me to dress to impress. I had that in me long before starting my first job. But it kind of reminded me of the importance of looking your best when on the job.

 

These are some of the life lessons I took away with me from my first job as a young shy 18-year-old. What did you take away from yours?

 

 

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