Whether you are a social media expert, blogger, or an online marketer, you have made a career choice that allows you to work from home. There are many perks to working from home, such as flexible hours, saving money, and more time with the family.
However, in order to achieve those perks, you need to keep your production level up so you are not a slave to your computer, just as many are to the hours of a traditional brick and mortar job.
So, I am going to share with you some ideas that I have learned along the way and are capable of giving your online business the shot of adrenaline that it might need.
You’ve heard it before now I’m sure, that setting goals is an important step in a successful career. If you doubt the importance of that, just keep in mind, you can’t reach, what you don’t set.
Make sure they are realistic. If you make them unobtainable, it will only lead to discouragement. And, that is not a good motivator at all when you are trying to build your business.
Also, by breaking up your main goal up into smaller goals this will give you encouragement along the way, as well as provide an easier opportunity for re-evaluation. This will let you know if your path in reaching the ultimate goal is on target, or needs to be adjusted.
And, I would reward yourself as goals are met. It could be anything from dinner out with the family, an hour off earlier than you normally do, or even a new tool for your business. Again, if you set goals it will help you stay in control of your own destiny.
Plan Your Day Wisely
I like to start each day with a plan. I quite often plan it out the day before, as my last task of the day. However, make sure you don’t overload your day unrealistically. Just as I mentioned above with setting goals, it will only lead to discouragement if you don’t meet your own expectations.
Prioritize the day by placing that list in order of things that need to get done, as well as the most daunting tasks. Get those over with first thing in the day so they are not weighing heavily on your mind the entire day. This often lets me end the day on a positive note, knowing that I accomplished what I needed to do.
Set up with Ergonomics
Even though I have heard about ergonomics before, and have utilized some of it in my own office, I realized the importance of it all when talking with a friend of mine. She was receiving treatments from a chiropractor for a personal injury stemming from an auto accident.
The chiropractor made some suggestions that will help reduce the painful effects from the accident, but also help prevent new aches and pains that sitting at a desk all day can produce.
I have a chair with great lumbar support, which has helped reduce the stress on my lower back. But, apparently it’s not enough to just sit in it. The chiropractor recommends that the chair is close enough to the desk so that your upper arms can rest comfortably at your side, while working on the keyboard.
The chair should also be at a height so your feet are resting flat on the floor, or a box if your feet don’t naturally reach the floor.
There are other items such as an ergonomic keyboard to help with carpal tunnel, and lifting the monitor to eye level to prevent strain on the eyes and neck.
If you are working on a dinosaur, then I suggest you take a look at newer models. Spending time waiting for pages to upload, or saving documents is a complete waste of time, in my opinion. That time can be spent doing other productive tasks.
If you are hoping for a successful online career, you need the proper equipment to help you achieve success. Some things to consider:
- Computer with decent memory and speed
- Dual monitors to multi-task
- Time management software
My best advice is to stay on top of the latest technology that is available, especially since we depend on it so much in our daily routines.
I will be the first to admit, if I am on a roll and getting things done, I am not very good at stopping for a break. However, I also know that when I don’t, I burn out much quicker in the afternoon. So, I have come to the point of actually setting an alarm to remind myself of a much needed break.
Take advantage of these breaks and get up to stretch, preventing your muscles from stiffening to the point of no return. Grab a high protein snack while you are at it to keep your mind strong to weather the entire day.
You can take this time to get a little exercise in as well. Taking care of your body by eliminating poor eating habits, as well as keeping it hydrated with water allows for better endurance, which is necessary for a success.
Pay close attention to when you are most productive. I am a morning person and have my most creative moments during this time. So, I schedule my writing for those time periods, and research and data input for later in the day. If you function better at midnight, then plan your most creative projects at that time.
There are no rules, except your own.
Block out Distractions
Avoiding distractions sounds simple, right? But, it’s really not. If personal emails and communication easily distract you, shut it right off, especially instant messaging. You can even turn your phone off, or set distinctive ring tones for calls you are expecting.
Keep the TV off, and if you want the radio on, try instrumental.
Hopefully I have provided some ideas that you can apply to your business, to give it that boost you are looking for in obtaining your goals.
About the Author
James Martell, online marketer and author, works out of his home on the west coast of Canada. Writing on a variety of topics, he chose to focus a series on ergonomics after talking with a friend and doing some research on http://atlaschiropracticphoenix.com. James will take in an afternoon at the local coffee house, working on his laptop for a change of scenery. James is married with 4 kids and a grand-daughter and enjoys living in White Rock, B.C. and often spends time on the many local beaches.