This is a trying time for the world and still no end in sight. For now, we all need to strap in and be prepared for anything.
Many of you are undoubtedly beginning a new challenge by joining the work from home community.
While it may have been a dream of yours at one point, it’s extremely sad that this is all due to such serious conditions around the world.
But regardless of the reason, you still have to adjust or you likely won’t make it.
As someone who has been doing this for years, take it from me, you want to get a system down early.
But don’t worry, I’ve been here and at this point, I’ve mastered the game.
And that’s good for you because I’m going to share my five best tips and tricks to master working from home…
But that’s not all, I’m also going to share a secret about your job that can help you find more time for the things you love…
Working from home isn’t as easy as you might think.
What is easy though — getting distracted and grabbing a snack or drink every 10 minutes, or pulling your phone out, or just simply turning on the TV.
You may even think you can pop on Netflix to work and catch up on your favorite show at the same time. I can tell you this, “Netflix and work” isn’t a thing for a reason.
You’ll find yourself binging a show and next thing you know it’s 8 pm and you’ve barely started.
There’s a way around all of this though.
And the motivation starts with a little secret you may not know about your job…
The Secret: It doesn’t take all day to do your job.
Sure some of you work crazy hours in demanding industries.
But my experience is that most jobs can be done in less than the allotted 8 hours per day… more like 5 to 6 hours.
Just think about it. How much time is wasted listening to your co-workers catch you up on their life?
What about wasteful meetings, or natural distractions at the office?
Think about your job and if you had complete focus, how fast would you be done with a day’s work?
I would be willing to bet most of you could do it in 5 – 6 hours a day. Some even faster.
And when it comes to trading for a living, well your workday can be light and profitable.
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Adding to the time you can save when you are focused is the time you save by not having to commute.
Okay, now that you are catching on, you may be wondering how to actually accomplish this.
Let’s dig in.
Tip Number One: Shower and get dressed for work
Sure you don’t need to wear a suit at home, but you do need to be dressed.
I don’t get fancy to trade. I wear a t-shirt or hoodie most days, but I’m not wearing what I slept in. I actually showered and got dressed for the day.
If you are sitting in your PJs all day, you’ll find out real quick how hard it is to concentrate. You’re more likely to end up on the couch with a tub of peanut butter watching reality tv.
It’s hard to feel serious when you’re not dressed like it. And it’s hard to work when you don’t feel like you’ve even started the day.
Be an adult and get dressed.
Tip Number Two: Get rid of ALL distractions… ALL of them
For this, you will need to set boundaries. Put your phone on silent. Make sure your family knows to leave you alone unless it’s life or death…
After all, if you can get done faster, you will have more time to spend with them than ever before.
Now if you are in my chat room each day, you have probably seen me get up to settle a dispute between my kids before. But they know there better be some blood if I get up.
That’s a joke of course but you get the picture.
It will happen, but the key is to deal with it and get right back into what you were doing. It only takes me two minutes and then I’m back at my desk distraction-free.
- Limit access to your phone
- No TV in the background
- Boundaries for people that may disturb you
- Don’t answer the door, it wouldn’t be answered if you were at the office anyway
- Resist the urge to get up for snacks and drinks, keep a few at your desk if you must
If you can truly limit the distractions, you will notice how fast the workday goes by compared to being in the office.
Tip Number Three: Have a dedicated workspace
We don’t all have the same conditions at home. I am lucky enough to have a home office with my full trading setup and cameras to stream my live trading chat room, letting me teach my members live.
Of course, I didn’t have this overnight, I worked hard to get to this point. Learning to trade changed my life and now I get to teach others to do the same.
So if you are lucky enough to have an office in the house, great.
But if you don’t, you can just dedicate a corner or a room for working hours then clean it all up and put it away each night as a signal that you are done with work.
However you find it, a dedicated space will help immensely with the focus factor and keeping distractions to a minimum.
Tip Number Four: Be healthy
It’s really easy to start eating bad and not moving as much when you work from home.
To be productive and thrive in this environment, it’s a great idea to take on healthy habits like stretching and healthy eating.
You don’t have to be tempted by the bag of chips or the vending machine candy bar anymore.
It’s so much easier to eat healthy when you have control over what’s in your kitchen and you aren’t constantly going out to lunch with coworkers.
And to keep the blood flowing, take short breaks to stretch and get some fresh air and sunshine.
This will help you stay refreshed and get more work done.
When the weather’s nice I like to grab a little sun by the pool with my kids.
However you do it, just be sure you are creating healthy habits without distracting you from focusing on your work.
Tip Number Five: Create a schedule, and keep it
I can’t tell you how easy it is to get off track when you work from home.
There are so many things you can do. Maybe you are having trouble thinking and decide to vacuum real quick.
As nice as that sounds, this is not the way to find free time.
Getting your work done before doing anything else will be the difference between feeling relaxed or feeling stressed at the end of the day.
If you don’t get your work done, you will find yourself trying to wrap things up at 10 pm when you could be in bed or relaxing.
Even though you were able to do other things earlier, you will never feel relaxed because the work deadlines are hanging over your head the whole day.
Creating a schedule will help you with this.
Make a schedule of your work times, break times, lunchtime, ending times and stick to those hours.
Small habits help too.
If you are a coffee drinker like me… doing this at home can be a way of signaling to your mind that you are ready to get going.
I always start my trading day with a delicious cup of Grim Bean coffee.
For me, nothing says it’s morning and time to make some money like that.
Whether it’s a cup of coffee, breakfast, the Wall Street Journal, or just a shower and getting dressed, finding a little morning ritual that tells you it’s time to work will do wonders for getting started each morning.
And one last tip to end on. Don’t overwork yourself.
It can be easy to feel like work is never over because you don’t actually leave an office.
So set your schedule and make it a habit to get up and clean your work area off at the end of each day signaling to your brain that it’s time to relax.
I hope this helps. It’s not the easiest transition, but if you follow these rules you can make it through the day… and potentially create more time for the things you love.
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