Is your art studio at home? Do you have distractions while you are trying to work?
There are many distractions at home that can be avoided. I will share with you some tips that I use to keep me focused on my work.
How to be more Productive Working at Home
Schedule Your Day
Have a schedule of the jobs that you will be working on at particular times. This will take a little planning, and you will need to adjust the calendar, in the beginning, to find out what works best for you.
By having a schedule and sticking to it for a few weeks, you will notice that you will not have to think about it anymore. It will become a habit. They say that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit. When it is a habit, you will be more productive working at home.
Let me give you an example of how you can schedule your day.
Keep in mind that everyone has different responsibilities in life so that means that there is no one answer for everyone.
8 Hour Work Day
9 am – 5 pm
9 – 10 Emails and social media marketing
10 – 11 Write blog posts.
11- 2 Art
2 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 4:30 Art
4:30 – 5 Shipping
That is just an example of an eight hour work day that would have you accomplish all areas of an art business.
You can see that if you have a schedule written down it would be easier to stick to the plan. Sticking to a plan will help you accomplish more in your work day.
Your homework is to sit down and write everything that needs to be done for your art business. Once you have a list of jobs, make a weekly schedule.
During the first week see how well your schedule works and adjust if needed.
You might find that you will require more time to certain areas and less time in other areas. You might even find that it is better for you to put different tasks on different days. This would allow you more time on a particular area instead of splitting it up in five days.
During this week make sure that you have not missed a specific job. Rewrite your schedule if needed for the next week. Repeat the process until you have it perfect for you.
A tip that I would like to share with you is that I have the time clock set on my phone for specific jobs. This helps me keep on schedule.
To be more productive working at home, you need to make sure there are no distractions.
Here are some tips to help you eliminate unnecessary distractions at home
- Stay off the internet unless it is the scheduled time for work. You will have plenty of time for social networks and fun time when the work day is done.
- If you have a door, keep it closed during work time. Everyone will know that it is work time, and you cannot be disturbed unless it is an emergency.
- Keep your phone off or put it in a different room. You would be surprised how much time is wasted checking the phone for texts, emails and Facebook.
- Have white noise in the background on. If you like music, have it playing softly in the background. Maybe you like talk shows, put on your favorite podcast show. This will help eliminate noise that would distract you from outside or a different room in the house. It has also been shown that music played in a working environment helps work productivity.
A plan will help you get the most out of your workday. Creating and executing a schedule will give you a sense of accomplishment and your business will prosper. I wish you the best of luck with your art business.
Do you have any tips on how to avoid at home distractions? Thank you for sharing them in the comment section below.
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