Easy Productivity Secrets: Why Most People Struggle to Stay Productive

Easy Productivity Secrets…

WHY MOST PEOPLE STRUGGLE TO STAY PRODUCTIVE

There are two big reasons why people struggle to stay productive:

distractions and lack of motivation.

ELIMINATING THE DISTRACTIONS

This is certainly easier said than done, especially if you’re a work-at-home

parent. After all, the point of working at home is to be available for your

family when they need you, right?

WRITE OUT A LIST OF POTENTIAL DISTRACTIONS

Sit down and write out an honest list of things that distract you while you

work. For most of us, this list could include things such as: email, social

media, texts, phone calls, instant messages, and the kids.

KEEP THE LIST IN YOUR WORK AREA

Keeping this list somewhere in your work area will help you recognize the

distractions before they become a problem. For example, close your email

box and only check it at predetermined times during the day. Sign out of

all instant messengers. Turn the phone on silent. Make sure the children

are occupied for a little while. Taking these steps means you are

consciously making the effort to remove the distractions and focus.

TALK TO OTHERS AROUND YOU

When your friends and family members learn to respect your work time,

this makes things a lot easier for you. Talk to your spouse and children (if

they’re old enough to understand) about the time you’ve dedicated to

work your hours. It is best if the people in your life can treat your work-at-

home job as if you did not set your own hours. They need to see it as a

traditional job with set hours, during which they leave you alone. They

wouldn’t call you at the office 15 times in three hours if they knew your

boss was around, would they? Give the people in your home some sort of

signal when you’re working, so they know to leave you alone unless it is

an emergency. For instance, if you have office, keep the door closed when

you’re working. The closed door is the sign your family needs to leave you

alone.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Being productive is a skill. Any skill you obtain will require practice and

repetition to fine tune and perfect. Even the most productive people will

become distracted from time to time. If you find yourself becoming

distracted, take a few minutes to center yourself and refocus yourself on

your commitment to your client, and your business. Then, get back to

work. Eventually, it will become easier for you to re-center and focus each

time you get distracted, which in turn makes it easier to stay focused.

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