When starting your own business or working freelance, most times you’re working from your home without thinking twice about renting out an office space for your operations. This means that you are surrounded by constant reminders of your personal life and house chores that can become a huge factor fuelling procrastination, distracting you from your main goals. This blog is aimed at giving you some tips on how to be more productive when starting your own business.
Hold yourself accountable by creating a routine and scheduling tasks
One of the first things you need to create for yourself is a routine where you schedule tasks and make sure to hold yourself accountable to get things done. You can do this by setting business hours for yourself or ensuring you cover X amount of hours daily. Additionally, scheduling deadlines for highly important or time sensitive tasks is absolutely essential when trying to ensure productivity.
Make peace with having to say “no” for some things that come up
Given that you are starting off, a lot of the time you might feel like you have to take up any opportunity that may come your way, however this might not always be the case. Learning how to say “no”, particularly to those opportunities that may not align entirely with your path is absolutely vital for you to succeed but also to ensure your productivity goes into something that is absolutely beneficial to you.
Adopt a routine during the day that incorporates movement to relieve stress
When working on setting your schedule ensure that you allow yourself moments that will relieve stress. Whether it’s setting time to have a quick mindfulness meditation or yoga session, or a stroll and a quick coffee at a nearby location, it is important to allow yourself some breathing time. This comes in super handy also if you feel stuck on a task or unable to concentrate properly.
Turn off distractions
If you truly want to be productive, you need to make sure that you turn off all distractions…no more checking TikTok and instagram stories for hours on end. While maybe switching off your phone entirely might be an overkill, maybe it’s not such a bad idea if you disconnect it from WiFi for a couple of hours. Also, some phones are super efficient in offering a “do not disturb” function that avoids bringing to your attention any notifications that may come in and that might distract you from your work.
Get yourself out of your home and into a coworking space
Really and truly, unless you have absolute self control, working from home will risk you frequently being distracted by your everyday life. Suddenly, the dishes you decided not to do last night became an absolute priority for you to do instead of tackling your email inbox or uploading your latest blog. An easy solution for this is renting a desk at a coworking space so you provide yourself with a productive zone, away from any distractions that come along from working from home.
Speaking about the concept of coworking, let us take a moment to tell you a bit about our coworking space located in Gżira, a stone’s throw away from Sliema and St Julian’s. Over at Glashaus we offer a modern work space in a small office setting to provide our clients with the opportunity to network while avoiding distractions that may come along with larger spaces hosting larger numbers of people. We offer a relaxed atmosphere, free coffee, tea & water, internet, awesome people, and stunning sea views of Valletta and the yacht harbour. When joining our Glashaus family, you can choose from a range of super flexible short- and long-term leases. Whether you just need a virtual office community, a hot desk, or even your own private office – we have the right solution for you.