How do you stay focused on work at home?

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I just read an article to help you staying productive when working from home and I'm interested it .If you guys share the idea or what are your tips to stay focused on your targets when working at home?
 

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From my point of view as a freelancer from home, what I usually keep in my mind is to know what my target is, what I want to achieve, then step by step I will do it -- choose a topic, conduct a research, then find an inspiration to write. Time management plus focus that will keep me interested on what I am doing as a freelance writer.
 

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The need for money drives me to work. However, I've been doing this for a while now but have never been the type to just like sit down for eight hours straight and work. I might usually work for an hour or two (if I'm on a roll - in the middle of a thought or something). Then, I'll take a break and listen to music or whatever and eat a snack -- not good at doing those things at the same time. Then, I'll get back to work. Oh, it also helps if I kind of write down (nothing formal) what I'm going to be doing for the day or the week, so I'm just not totally wasting time surfing the net or whatever.

Joey
 

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First of all, to work it motivates me is that all of its volume still has to be made by me. Therefore, the sooner I'll do it, the better for me.
 

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Needing money is a big part of what keeps me motivated to get my work done.
 

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Yeah I'm with you on that. We all gotta eat. Else you'll die and be dead. And ain't no coming back from that.

The only reason I'm here today is because of my hunger. It's what gets me out of bed in the morning.

If I didn't have to eat, or pay any bills. I probably wouldn't even do IM / SEO or domaining of any kind.

I'd probably live in the mountains Bear Grylls style. :D

Still something drives me on, because I love what I do in some ways.

Plus its always nice to have a little extra pocket money to play with on rainy days.
 

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Really good question / problem

I faced same problem before but after some time i my problem was not proper workspace and time management...

So first of all i changed my workstation in front of wall and far from bedroom. And i also make some sticky notes to focus my self on work. Also i defined my working time .e.g l must reply to clients first in morning afternoon i keep for projects work which i accepted and evening for research and this forum work and chat with same business people..

If some day i skip bcos of some private works i fullfill it in nights..

I hope this helps as small guide after all every one know there work better.

#cheers
 

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If you guys share the idea or what are your tips to stay focused on your targets when working at home?
This is a very good question and the first step is to "know thyself" meaning not everyone will succeed working at home as it can be lonely and it requires self-discipline. But if you get past that part, one tip is to close the door to your office space and not have any distractions there.

Also try disabling YouTube on your workstation so that it's just not an option. :)
 

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Hi there

I run a online business and I have faced the challenge of staying focused. My 3 biggest tips would be:

  1. Have a list of goals for that day before you begin working- Knowing exactly what you want to achieve will keep you focused and on track. There is also a great feeling when you tick something off your to-do list. I would say focus on 3 really important things. The more times you achieve everything on your list, the happier and more focused you will become.
  2. Set a start time and a finish time- This includes creating a little pressure for yourself, giving yourself no time to mess around surfing the web. From my experience, if you give yourself 8 hours to do something, it will take you 8 hours to do it. If you reduce that to 3 hours only, I guarantee that you will get it done in those 3 hours.
  3. Eliminate all distractions- close all social media notifications, turn off your phone if you can, eliminate any attention stealing things.



Hope that helps!
 

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This is a challenge for all freelance writers, I would guess. I literally, the night before, or the morning of, map out a handwritten list of the tasks I must accomplish, and I categorize them according personal and professional things which need to get done. The drive to get paid, of course, also keeps me quite focused, as the bills are always impending and hanging over my head. I set priority goals and try to tackle those first, and then the smaller goals can be re-routed to the next day if they are not finished as planned.
 

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I always make it a point to create a daily to-do” list and keep it nearby.It's always helpful when you have your list of tasks beside your PC. The first hour at work is where most people are productive. Therefore I will put all the taxing, difficult and challenging tasks during the first few hours. Doing it this way allows me to end the day with simple tasks and lessen the chances of mistake since my own attention span cannot last too long.
 

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If you are working from home the technique is that you really have to have an office or work mindset still. Meaning you should still set a schedule for yourself on when or what time to work and ensure this is followed through religiously. Just like an office, it would be best to also assign a place in your house to do the work from home. Preferrably a place with no noise or distraction, comfortable and good lighting. We have to remember that since we are working from home we should expect not just from our clients but more to ourselves that we have to act just as professional if not even more since we are infact just at home.

Also it pays to look clean and good especially if you expect to do a videocall and best to invest on good products for your business aka noise cancelling headset.

Do you have any other tips as well? Lets share.
 

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I make my task list and the output that I need to produce in a day when I doing work at home, then I relaxed my mind thru listening music, coffee and snack in the side of my table.
 
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