My office has been bugging me. It’s way too disorganized and cluttered. I keep telling myself that I should take one day and get it organized but then I don’t feel like I’m doing the work necessary to produce income. On the other hand, I know I would be more productive in a better environment. It’s a vicious circle. Are you working out of a home office? If so, here are some tips I found that you might find handy.
1. Write goals down – It’s so easy to get distracted and with no boss looking over your shoulder, it’s also easy to let yourself off the hook. Keeping your calender in front of you as well as a daily list of tasks helps keep you focused. When you finish a task, scratch it off your list. That’s a great feeling!
2. Stay away from email, the phone, Facebook, etc. – Constant interruptions are not good for a writer. Maybe when you’re researching but not when it gets down to cranking out that article under a deadline. Keep your message reading to certain times.
3. Tidy office – Working surrounded by piles of papers and month-old to-do lists will only drag you down. Have a big tidy up once a week and you’ll feel so much better. (I’m really going to try to stick to this one.)
4. Music – This is not for everyone, but if it keeps you motivated then go for it. I personally work in silence most of the time.
5. Daily Schedule – Even though you are working from home and don’t have to follow the usual office rules, try to set a daily plan for yourself. Start at the same time, have lunch at a set time, etc. It helps to have a daily routine.
6. Just Start – Have a job you really don’t want to do? Try to get it done first thing. Scratching that one off your list feels like a weight being lifted off your shoulders and brightens up your day.
7. Close your door – If there are distractions at home, like people watching TV or noisy kids, make it a rule to not be disturbed when your door is shut.
Good luck. Let me know how it goes!