While accountability is often taken for granted in traditional work environments, it can become more of a challenge when working from home, especially if that work is self-governed or freelance. Setting objectives and estimated outcomes to achieve vs your time invested can be a challenge in itself at first, but ensuring that desired results are outlined is important for measuring your productivity. As long as you’re achieving milestones, you’ll know that your working habits are effective.
If you’re not reaching productivity benchmarks, you may need to rethink your home-working environment. It’s easy to become distracted on personal devices when shortcuts to your favorite recreational websites and program are immediately available – consider creating a separate work account on your devices to keep yourself focused and on-task. In addition, developing a work and sleep schedule based around your most effective hours is important. If you’re a night owl, use your productive hours while you work, or if you’re a coffee drinker, use your energy buzz to tackle your toughest projects.
Most importantly, if you’re your own boss, it’s important to keep yourself motivated by remembering why it is you’re passionate about your work in the first place!
Contributors: Kyle Strong from Tradogram