Are you working 10-14 hours and yet, still not satisfied with the outcome? Many of us still believe that in order to be successful, we must work longer hours, give up social life, sacrifice the time with family etc. Yes, you are a virtual assistant and you have the perks of working in the comfort of your own home but, are you enjoying its benefits? If you don’t incorporate the “Work Smarter, Not Harder” mantra in your daily life, then you’ll end up being a loner workaholic with just enough income to sustain daily financial needs.
“Work Smarter, Not Harder”
Working smarter means making the right choice to make sure your job doesn’t take over your life. A true successful freelancer can create a balance between professional and personal life.
Tips on how to work smarter at home…
Make a to do list
List all the tasks according to priority in your planner and the deadline when you need to submit all of it. This will allow you to not waste energy on trying to remember tasks. This can also be a great way to make you think quickly.
Organize your workspace
Tidy up your workspace and keep everything organized so you’ll spend less time searching when you need to get something. This will help the work flow become more faster. Make your workspace inspiring by adding decorations such as pictures, paintings, plants, and other things that will help you concentrate. Choose comfortable chair and table. Comfortable environment will result in improved productivity.
Know the time when you are efficient
What time of the day you are mentally alert? Some people like to work at night while some are more efficient and effective during day time. Some becomes tired after 3 hours and opt to take a rest for an hour or two then continue working again. You may also choose to do hard tasks during the time you are fresh and mentally alert then do the less stressful task on the times when your are already tired.
Don’t push yourself to work during down time
To avoid burnout, don’t push yourself too much. Do other productive things on the time that you are too lazy to work. Exercise, go to grocery, pay your bills and, spend time with family. Thru this, you can accomplish your other obligations without wasting time. Efficient right?
Don’t just confine yourself in your workspace
Learn to enjoy the benefits of being a freelancer by not limiting yourself in your workspace. You may travel while working, work on your favorite coffee shop, work on your kitchen, living room, or anywhere comfortable. Sometimes completely new surroundings will help you work better and faster. Plus, it’s more fun!
Focus on your skills
In order to be successful you must do what you love to do. As they say, it’s difficult to be highly successful when you don’t love what you do. If you like your job, you can finish the work faster and you will be more inspired to work. Don’t just bid on different projects to earn money. Focus on your forte and hone it so you can be great at what you love to do. Asses yourself if you are happy with your current tasks. If yes, continue what you’re doing. If not, then it’s time to make some changes.
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