[Work at home?] Here's 2 simple but life changing tips.....

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Hey Fellow Warriors,

Thought I'd finally try give something back to thank you all of you for all the knowledge I've learnt from reading this forum over the months. I know I've not interacted much till now but I plan to do so more often now.

I want to show you a little something I learnt that really changed my productivity at home and more importantly tripled my income!

Here we go...

Always Get Showered & Dressed Every Day

Yes it's nice and comfortable and the internet "dream" lifestyle to sit around in your Pyjamas and do work every day but it's not something that is usually associated with being productive & active.

Have a shower and get dressed after breakfast then you'll feel ready to face the day instead of wanting to get back into bed after an hour of work.

Separate Work from the rest of the House

Having an office or a space that you can work in is imperative, doing all your work whilst sitting on the sofa won't get you very far. An office helps to keep distractions to a minimum and also when you walk into your office at the start of the day you feel like "you're at work".

I know they sounds simple... But this stuff really has really changed my life and I'm sure it will do for you too. Give it a try for a week and see if you see any improvement.

Hope this helped some one out there!

Charles

PS. If you have any good productivity tips, post them below...
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  • Profile picture of the author kimjox
    I add : Block Off Time to Focus as A recent study in Psychological Review suggests that intense focus for four hours results in improved effectiveness. If you can, block off time to focus on specific tasks. It doesn’t necessarily have to be four hours, but some focused time for your work can help you improve your overall productivity. Work in short bursts. Choose your most important tasks to accomplish first. Don’t answer emails, and avoid surfing the Internet during this time.
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  • Profile picture of the author DPM70
    Shower less. Save water. It's ridiculous the amount of people around that feel that they need to shower at every opportunity. I'm halfway to thinking that's why there's so much hay fever, asthma, colds, eczema, allergies in general.

    Forget the shower, come down in your pyjamas, fire up the coffee (free trade? ....ahhh here we go again...)
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    • Profile picture of the author Andy Hart
      Originally Posted by DPM70 View Post

      Shower less. Save water. It's ridiculous the amount of people around that feel that they need to shower at every opportunity. I'm halfway to thinking that's why there's so much hay fever, asthma, colds, eczema, allergies in general.
      I pay a small fortune every year for my water, if I use it or not it stays the same, so i'll be damned if I'm gonna pay for something and not use it!
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  • Profile picture of the author DPM70
    "Having an office or a space that you can work in is imperative"

    No, it's not.
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  • Profile picture of the author bauger
    Make a list of task for each day and stick to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Melanie Crouse
    Give the guy a break. Those are two fairly good suggestions. What works for him or me may not work for you.

    Another suggestion - create boundaries. Let other family members know that when you're working - you're working. i.e. "Leave me alone!"
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    • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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      Originally Posted by Melanie Crouse View Post

      Another suggestion - create boundaries. Let other family members know that when you're working - you're working. i.e. "Leave me alone!"
      Unless you're rich you can forget having your boundaries respected. After all you're just playing on the computer. :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author savvybizbuilder
      Originally Posted by Melanie Crouse View Post

      Give the guy a break. Those are two fairly good suggestions. What works for him or me may not work for you.

      Another suggestion - create boundaries. Let other family members know that when you're working - you're working. i.e. "Leave me alone!"
      Everyone has a unique way to work at home. A cup of coffee will also do when working at home aside from dressing up and taking a bath.
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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Barrs
        Originally Posted by Karen Connell View Post

        I try and limit the time spent reading and participating in forums.
        Karen, yes -

        One of my best suggestions is to AVOID the forums (yes, even WF) like the plague until AFTER "work hours", whatever they may be.

        My next best tip, and this comes from now working from home for nearly 15 years... is to LEAVE THE HOUSE at least once EVERY DAY!

        Paul
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        • Profile picture of the author Charles Young
          Wow 15 Years!! Congratulations on that haha, I may have to start putting the leave the house tip to use!

          Originally Posted by Paul Barrs View Post

          Karen, yes -

          One of my best suggestions is to AVOID the forums (yes, even WF) like the plague until AFTER "work hours", whatever they may be.

          My next best tip, and this comes from now working from home for nearly 15 years... is to LEAVE THE HOUSE at least once EVERY DAY!

          Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author JustFelix
    This is exactly what I do! Yes this does work! If you take work on the internet very seriously and get your own office and treat it as a job it'll make your brain more active, it helped me make thousand of dollars each month.

    Yeah no kidding, it does help more. You don't want to work from the bed, or sofa or in your underwear. It won't make you think that seriously or maybe it's just me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Charles Young
      Seriously me too dude! Went from 4 figures a month to 5 figures...and it was all down to this change!



      Originally Posted by JustFelix View Post

      This is exactly what I do! Yes this does work! If you take work on the internet very seriously and get your own office and treat it as a job it'll make your brain more active, it helped me make thousand of dollars each month.

      Yeah no kidding, it does help more. You don't want to work from the bed, or sofa or in your underwear. It won't make you think that seriously or maybe it's just me.
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  • Profile picture of the author JSanti7
    PRIORITIZE. Accomplish the most important tasks first and leave the least important ones for later.
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    • Profile picture of the author Charles Young
      Yeh I've heard of that before, my friend was talking about it. Brian Tracy wrote a cool book about it. My start doing that, see how it goes.

      Originally Posted by JSanti7 View Post

      PRIORITIZE. Accomplish the most important tasks first and leave the least important ones for later.
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    • Profile picture of the author grandstar
      Originally Posted by JSanti7 View Post

      PRIORITIZE. Accomplish the most important tasks first and leave the least important ones for later.
      Yes thats it. You first list out the most important tasks and carry them out. Its so easy to wander online and find out after several hours, you are nowhere.

      Stephen Covey was right when he said" First Things Firsts"
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  • Profile picture of the author Stunata
    Good advice.
    And, just because someone has only a few posts on a forum doesn't mean they are inexperienced. It just means they possibly read alot and don't have a need to post. There are lots of people making millions of dollars from the internet and I bet they have never even visited this site.
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    The most important thing is to follow your plans.
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  • Profile picture of the author LeeLee
    Get dressed to lace up shoes.

    That tip comes from an organization and house cleaning website called flylady dot com.

    When you wear real shoes that you have to bend over and lace, you are less likely to kick them off and put your feet up. Pass on flip flops, slippers and slip ons.

    When you wear your shoes, you are also ready to run out to do an errand if necessary and prepared for just about anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author Karen Connell
    I try and limit the time spent reading and participating in forums.

    WF is such a great resource that I can easily spend 2-3 hours reading and learning without seeing the time pass.

    So I now set a timer to 30 minutes and quit when my time is up.

    Regards

    Karen

    @DMP70 has too much time on his hands :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author HarrisonJ
    Also, eat breakfast before you start working.
    As the Russians say "Eat breakfast yourself, share lunch with a friend and give dinner away to your enemy."
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  • Profile picture of the author scsheldon33
    Thanks for sharingI agree on that...

    How I wish to have an office to do online work too...
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  • Profile picture of the author icwtommy
    Novelist Orhan Pamuk (Won Nobel Prize for Literature) used to get ready for work in the morning, kiss his wife goodbye as he left for work and then proceed to walk around the block and back into his house and into his office.

    It really is a state of mind, I have worked from bed for a day and productivity gets thrown out of the window.
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    • Profile picture of the author Charles Young
      Thanks everyone for their input too, learnt some really cool stuff!

      Keep it up everyone!

      Haha some of the replies made me laugh

      Charles
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  • Profile picture of the author shuvo
    I don't know whether they are life changing or not but these are the tips that can give you lots of inspiration,energy and freshness of mind during your work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charles Young
    Sure Shuvo... from the list you give me, it sounds like a changed life
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathy Curiel
    I agree with the tips of charles . I works for me too.
    And I use a schedule to focus on and try not the hang out here too much ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Rough Outline
    Definitely agree with the showering tip, it really wakes you. When I'm lazy and don't shower, I feel extremely groggy and lethargic, also a cup of tea or coffee in the morning really helps.

    But my best tip is to do something before you even go on your computer that gets your brain working. For some people that would be a crossword, I play Fifa and it really increases my focus and "brain power" after a few games.
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    • Profile picture of the author Charles Young
      Haha a game of Fifa. I may give that a try

      Originally Posted by Rough Outline View Post

      Definitely agree with the showering tip, it really wakes you. When I'm lazy and don't shower, I feel extremely groggy and lethargic, also a cup of tea or coffee in the morning really helps.

      But my best tip is to do something before you even go on your computer that gets your brain working. For some people that would be a crossword, I play Fifa and it really increases my focus and "brain power" after a few games.
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  • Profile picture of the author WriterWahm
    For me I have found that sometimes I need to leave the house so I can focus a bit more. So I go into the nearest Starbucks and give myself some hours to get my writing done. I also try to limit the amount of time I spend on WF...I have been reading for months and only started posting recently. So much to learn but it's easy to spend a lot of time learning and very little implementing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Charles Young
      Yeah I've found going to my local coffee shop is nice every so often. You'll meet other people like you. Highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't done it before.

      Charles

      Originally Posted by WriterWahm View Post

      For me I have found that sometimes I need to leave the house so I can focus a bit more. So I go into the nearest Starbucks and give myself some hours to get my writing done. I also try to limit the amount of time I spend on WF...I have been reading for months and only started posting recently. So much to learn but it's easy to spend a lot of time learning and very little implementing.

      Great ideas everyone!

      Hope people who've just started to work from home have learn't something from this thread

      Charles
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  • Profile picture of the author LynnLewis
    I appreciate the tips. They reinforce something else I read today on how to be more productive.

    For me, I need to leave home. What I'm going to try, starting tomorrow is to get ready for "work", take my laptop to my new "office" in the pool area at my apartment complex and work at least 2 hours before I come back. There will be no distractions there early in the morning and I won't be tempted to do other things during my specified work time.

    We all have to find a way to get it done and different strokes for different folks!
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  • Profile picture of the author jezbiz
    I work in my room upstairs, so I try to be cut off from all the commotions downstairs.lolz
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
      Originally Posted by jezbiz View Post

      I work in my room upstairs, so I try to be cut off from all the commotions downstairs.lolz
      Lucky Boy!
      With only one shower room, and 3 girls under 12 plus 'She who must be obeyed', there's fat chance of getting wet till they've all gone to school/work.

      The computer I have to use is in the busiest part of the house too, so escaping the chaos is virtually impossible.

      My solution?
      I start working at about 10.00pm, and work through to about 5-6.00am UK time, when the house is quiet, and I can hear myself think.

      Don't get enough sleep tho'

      Cheers
      Alan
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      Time for a cuppa.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    I suppose it is all about preference. Personally, this is what works best for me:

    -Wake up
    -Cup of coffee or tea
    -Check email and forums
    -Make sure my to-do lists are sorted and ready
    -Go for a walk, do some Zumba, or spend 30 minutes on my elliptical
    -Take a shower
    -Put on some comfortable clothes, usually pajamas because I like them
    -Roll my laptop station over to the sofa where I can work while being surrounded by my family

    I work best surrounded by people and in comfortable clothes. It is very rare I need to separate myself from them to get my work done. I actually noticed that when I was doing the "home office" thing I got less work done!
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    • Profile picture of the author dsouravs
      Mr. DPM.....thumbs down to you.....but I like Ur thinking to save water.
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    Different types of ways available on internet to make money depends on your
    expertise level. Its easy and quick to get started, but it takes some time and serious effort to succeed, which is well worth it.
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    • Profile picture of the author JamieSEO
      If working at home full-time make sure to get out and take a walk around midday. The exercise, fresh air and natural light does wonders for refreshing you before you start the afternoons work
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    Excuse me. I will answer appropriately when i have showered and dressed, or is it the other way around?

    I will make my shower my office and please some of the people all of the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jacob Caris
    I find when I am stuck for ideas if I do something mindless and repetitive it often sparks something inside - might just me though haha
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  • Profile picture of the author Charles Young
    Thanks everyone! I kind of forgot about this thread till I checked it out and saw tonnes of more responses!

    I agree with a lot of you, a light walk or run is great to add to your daily routine
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  • Profile picture of the author AshtonPereira
    Good tips, personally exercising first thing in the morning, with a shower + breakfast after, does wonders in terms of feeling "pumped" and ready to tackle the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author johFF
    I would only add this one:

    Start with work on the same time every day. This way you will program yourself to work every day.

    Anyway, great tips, thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author BabyMama
    These are 2 good suggestions although sometimes I love to work in my pyjamas and something comfy. Especially cos I am pregnant you would never get away with this in a normal 9-5 lol!
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