Freelancing and remote work brought new opportunities to Filipinos. You can now work wherever you want while growing a sustainable career online. It might be the dream work setup you have been looking for.
The problem is, the income you earn is directly proportional to your productivity. If you don’t do your work hours well and if you give out subpar output, you can expect your income to be lesser.
How can you stay productive and reach your goals? Don’t worry. A lot of us have struggled with this case. And here are 7 habits for a productive mindset.
Get Enough Sleep
Your productivity for today starts the day before with your quality of sleep. A study has shown that low quality or insufficient sleep can interfere with a productive day.
If you are not well-rested, you start the day feeling groggy and lost. So as much as possible, target around 7 to 9 hours of sleep to feel refreshed the next day.
Plan Your Tasks
Another preparation is planning your tasks. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. You need your own structure when working remotely. No boss is micromanaging you, so you need to manage yourself.
Before starting to work, list down the things you need to achieve today. And mark the top three priority tasks. These are tasks that are urgent and important for your career.
Even if you don’t finish everything, you are sure that you are moving forward because you did the most important things at hand.
Get Ready with Extra Tasks for Sudden Down Times
Our days don’t always go according to plan. We need to be flexible with our time. For example, you might have a 1-hour meeting from 3 PM to 4 PM. Suddenly, your client canceled because of some issues.
A lot of people treat this freed up time as free time. Well, that can be the case. But if you intend to work those hours anyway, why not do other tasks?
Bring out your to-do list and check what things you haven’t done yet. Or better yet, you can use the time for personal development like reading a book, listening to podcasts, and watching informative videos in your field.
With this, your time will be well spent.
Focus on One Thing at a Time
Multitasking is not as productive as you think. When we multitask, we switch our attention from one thing to another.
But our brains can’t cope up instantaneously, especially for high-level activities. There are a few seconds of coping time before you can do the other task. And this constant switching of tasks puts a lot of stress in our brain. It makes us inefficient and wastes valuable time.
If you want to be genuinely productive, you need to focus on one thing at a time. Your undivided attention increases your productivity.
If you can’t do this because of distractions, try doing the Pomodoro method and see results.
Use Your Procrastination to Your Advantage
Arguably, all workers have procrastinated multiple times in their lives. Why work when you can watch TV, play games, or insert-your-excuse-here?
But do you know that you can use your procrastination to your advantage? We always procrastinate the most laborious task we have to do by doing something unproductive.
The trick here is instead of doing unproductive stuff, why not do an easier task first in your to-do list. Yes, this might not be ideal. But if you can’t control yourself, at least you can check some tasks out from your long list.
Don’t do this excessively, though. Still, try to finish the top three crucial tasks for the day.
Mindfulness is being aware of what’s happening around us. It’s a practice that tells you to stop and take a moment. Be conscious of what you are thinking and feeling.
Based on a study, the mindfulness practice resulted in measurable productivity in just 5 days. It’s surprising what a 10-min meditation exercise can bring you.
To start your mindfulness for productivity, you can check out this resource for more.
Take the Time Off
Why do most freelancers and remote workers don’t stop working? Is it because you can work anytime and anywhere? That’s why you don’t have breaks at all?
It is detrimental to your well-being. Life is not all about work.
You need to unplug and relax. Yes, you want to use all the time you can to be productive. But I tell you, you don’t want to feel burnt out.
Schedule your time off. Take that vacation. Go to a spa. Spend time with your family. After all, feeling refreshed after this healing time can even increase your productivity even more.
We all need to be productive in reaching our goals. With these 7 Habits, I hope you can have a rewarding life ahead of you. Good luck!