One of the challenges when working from home is learning to be fully responsible for your workload.
Juggling multiple tasks is much harder when there’s no one peaking over your shoulder, holding you accountable.
So how do you stay on-task and make sure everything gets done?
Here are some powerful tips for using to make sure you get your work done.
Eat the Frog
One crucial tip from Mark Twain is always to tackle the biggest and most challenging task first.
It means that youíre going to tick the most important item on your to-do list off first, which in turn means that youíll have started the day by being hugely productive.
That also means that if you run out of time, then the hardest job (and usually the most important, therefore) will be done.
AND it means that you can tackle this job while you are fresh and before you get tired by the end of the day.
Big tasks are better behind you than in front of you!
The One Minute Rule
The one minute rule dictates that any job that will take less than one minute (shooting off a quick email, replying to a comment on social media) should be completed right away.
It’s such a minor interruption to your day as not to have a negative impact on your workflow.
BUT by completing it now, it will be one less thing that you have to do.
Keep in mind that you shouldnít switch tasks, however. If you are deep in work, then turn off notifications and deal with the one-minute tasks when you finish.
Finally, there is one other category of a task I would like to address: the zombie task.
So what is a zombie task?
Essentially, this is any task that doesn’t require you to be mainly focussed.
For example, you might need to edit an image, or you might need to collect email addresses into a spreadsheet.
These are jobs that you can do while doing something else.
These can be structured differently to allow for additional productivity or even some kind of downtime.
Writing or communicating for long stints is tiring and can get dull, so why not treat yourself to an episode of your favorite show while you do your web design or social media designs?
Or better yet, listen to something on a podcast or audiobook while you’re doing Zombie tasks.
So there you have it. Even if you follow just one of these tips, you’ll notice a difference in your productivity.