Working from home and, even worse, running a business from home can be a trying task for many folks. If anything, I find that one of the biggest challenges is managing a new skill set that more traditional workplaces don’t train you for.
In business, staying productive and maintaining a consistent output is vital to achieving long-term and short-term success. Of course, consistency can be tricky, especially when your surroundings and workload change from day to day.
In today’s blog, I will cover a few tricks and principles I’ve learned over the years to ensure I can maintain my output even when the rest of my surroundings change. If you’re working from home and have all the complications that family life can bring to your work, this might be worth looking through.
The 80/20 Rule
If you’ve read anything to do with business management or economics, then you might be familiar with Pareto Principle.
The Pareto Principle essentially argues that most outcomes for any specific industry or action will result from a minority of available inputs. In other words, 80% of controllable products will result from 20% of your work. This principle carries over to a whole variety of different applications. For example, I own a smartphone with a range of different apps, but I’d say I only use roughly 20% of those apps 80% of the time I use my phone. I have friends, but I’d argue that within my friendship circle, only a fraction of my friends (roughly 20%) make up most of the time I socialize.
In business, being efficient is the lifeblood of any company that will survive. If you can figure out which of your actions dictate the most amount of the outcomes for your business, you’d soon learn to make those actions your main priority. When you’re an entrepreneur, the Pareto Principle becomes crucial for discovering the parts of your business that most actively contribute to your growth and bottom line.
Other Productivity Tips
Of course, knowing what to work on is one thing. Knowing how to keep focused is another. As I said earlier, working from home is a new skill set that most people haven’t yet figured out entirely. I’ll be honest, I haven’t it out entirely either, but that’s because the nature of remote work is more fluid-like than we’d care to admit.
Below Are a few tips that I currently use, in conjunction with the 80/20 Principle, to keep my eyes on the prize:
- The Fake Commute With a family running around and a house in constant flux, having a morning routine is vital. Typically, we’d have the daily ritual of commuting to work, but remote work doesn’t have this. Create a ritual in the morning that acts like your “morning commute” and then stick to it. You’ll soon find it easier to enter the right mindset to start working.
- Dedicated Work Space: You need a place to do your work, and it needs to stay constant. Moving around your home not only disrupts your workspace but your ability to stay focused as well.
- Stick to a Schedule: Staying organized is crucial, and part of that is creating a schedule that frees up the mental fatigue of figuring out your day. I keep a daily schedule of alarms and reminders to ensure I stick to a regimented work day so that when I’m finished, I can disconnect and relax without feeling like I’m missing something.
Finally, I’ll say this: Managing your productivity when working from is never a constant; it’s a moving target and requires you to rethink your approach in small ways as you go. The tips and principles I’ve got right now are what work for me and function in a very general way, with the details of my scheduling or habits changing incrementally over time.
That’s it for today’s entry! Check out my other blogs for more thoughts on the latest development in the digital industry and the challenges of entrepreneurship in the online world.
Until then, see ya later!