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Chapter 8: Best Online Jobs

You may be reading this book because you have been forced by circumstances to start working from home. But there’s also a chance that you’re reading it in a prospective fashion: that you want to start working from home. Hopefully, you’ve seen that with the right mindset, this can be a hugely positive influence on your lifestyle!

Or maybe you’ve been recently forced to work from home and you’re now thinking about the other types of work you could do. Why not transition to a workplace that is better suited to this new working style?

The great news is that this is now more possible than ever: as more organizations start hiring online, and countless apps and services seek streamline the process.

In short: it’s now easier than ever to maintain a productive online workflow, and the number of online jobs is rapidly increasing.

Top Online Jobs

Before we begin listing the top online jobs, it’s worth noting that the top online jobs broadly fall into one of three categories:

  • Employment
  • Gig economy
  • Passive income

In other words, you can either find a company to work for but send your work in remotely, or you can sell your skills to online clients on a freelance basis.

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Chapter 7: The Best Productivity Apps and Gadgets for Working From Home

Perhaps what will help to make your office most productive of all though, is to use productivity apps and tools. There are now countless services, apps, and products designed specifically to help you get more work done, and these can make a huge difference to your ability to stay on task, and to collaborate with people around the world.

Many of these apps in particular will become nigh essential as you start to work from home, while others will give you a big advantage and help you to avoid confusion, errors, and distractions.

Remote Collaboration

For remote collaboration, the best tools are:

Zoom (www.zoom.us)

Slack (www.slack.com)

Asana (www.asana.com)

Other powerful tools include Google Drive (https://drive.google.com) and Workplace (https://work.facebook.com).

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Chapter 6: Creating the Perfect Home Office

Your ally in the battle to maintain productivity and health while working from home, is your home office. While you might be limited for space, if there is any way possible, then you should design a home office that will be separate from the rest of your home.

This is important, because it will allow you to step in and out of your “work mode.” The worst thing you can do, is to work in the room you sleep in. This will make it much harder to separate your working life from your downtime, which will have deleterious impacts on your sleep.

There are other things you can do to make an ideal home office for productivity too.

Inspiration

One powerful tip, is to surround your office with things that inspire you and that put you in the mood to be productive. These might be examples of the best work in your niche or industry, or pictures of your heroes and people who inspire you.

This is something that Cal Newport talks about in his book Deep Work (which I’ve referenced before). Here, he talks about the idea of the “Eudaimonia Machine” – a space built by architects with the singular purpose of generating the most productivity possible.

Part of this design involves museums filled with inspirational works. This is something that I feel very strongly about and believe can make a huge difference to overall productivity.

This is linked to the psychological concept of “priming.” Priming essentially means putting someone in the frame of mind most conducive to whatever

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Chapter 5: Optimizing Your Health and Wellbeing

Working from home creates other challenges too. Chief among these, is trying to look after yourself and your wellbeing.

When you don’t leave the house to go to work, there is no incentive to dress well. When no one sees you for days, there is no requirement to wash.

And when you can get up at any time you want, and work at any time you like, there is nothing stopping you from losing all semblance of routine and health.

What’s more, is that because you don’t need to go to work, there is no guarantee that you’ll get any fresh air or exercise! These are all serious issues, because they can be detrimental to your health and wellbeing.

When work gets on top of you, you might even find yourself eating poorly as you grab whatever is quick and stuff it in a microwave.

All this leads to your being tired, de-motivated, and less able to focus. Focussing and staying motivated requires energy, and resisting temptations and distractions likewise requires that you be in good health.

In short, if you don’t look after yourself outside of work, you’ll struggle to stay focussed when you sit down at the computer.

Optimizing your health will allow you to focus better, seeing as focus requires energy. Using a disciplined routine will ensure you get proper time to rest and recover. And taking the time to groom yourself and look your best will help you to feel (and thus become) more productive and professional.

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Chapter 4: Finding the Inspiration (The Key to Incredible Productivity)

But THE most important key ingredient for doing lots of great work, is to be passionate and inspired by your work.

Inspiration is different from motivation. Motivation is being able to push yourself to work even when you don’t want to. But inspiration means having ideas for how you want your project to turn out. It means visualizing it when it’s complete, and it means wanting to get back to work to put those ideas and plans into action.

When you are inspired by work, it becomes intrinsically motivating. That means that you want to do it for its own sake.

One way to accomplish this, is to think about the type of work you’re doing. If you find that you are consistently being given tasks that you find dull or boring, or that you really can’t be excited about, then perhaps it is time to assess whether you’re in the right line of work.

Should you consider changing jobs?

Because when you find work you really love, you’ll find you become instantly more productive and better at working.

Now of course, changing jobs won’t be an option for everyone. You might not have this luxury. Moreover, even if you love your job, there will be still be tasks and jobs that you don’t love. No one loves every single part of their job!

So another thing to do, is to try and look at whatever it is you’re doing, and then make it more interesting

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Chapter 3: Productivity Hacks: How to Motivate Yourself to Work

Of course, sitting down and doing the hardest and biggest thing first, isn’t always easy. It’s one thing to set yourself rules for working, but it’s quite another to stick to them! With so much to do, how can you make sure that you stay on-course and actually do it?

Especially when it would be so easy to grab a good book and a hot drink, and then retire into the armchair that’s right there in the corner of the room!

This is where you need some productivity hacks!


Setting Yourself Rewards

Coming to our rescue is a tip from the book “How to Save an Hour A Day” by Michael Heppell. He says that you should set yourself smaller goals within a project, and then reward yourself for completing those.

So for instance, if you normally start your day by going to make yourself a coffee, then browsing through emails, and having a cheeky look at Facebook… that needs to change.

It is about half nine and you’ve so far achieved nothing! That’s a deflating way to start your day

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Chapter 2: How to Structure Your Working Day to Get More Done

The way that you structure your day when working from home can make a huge difference to your ability to get lots of work done. The danger is that when you have no manager leaning over you, you might find that you allow yourself a little extra luxury and time than is ideal. That in turn could mean you end up procrastinating to the point where you fall behind before you’ve even started!

The solution is to introduce some rules. These might seem somewhat arbitrary, but we’ll see that they can provide a structure and discipline that will help you to accomplish MUCH more.

Eat the Whole Frog

The first one that we’re going to address is something called “Eating the Whole Frog.” This comes from a quote by Mark Twain that says:

“If your job is to eat a frog, then you should do that first thing in the morning. If your job is to eat two frogs, then you should eat the biggest and ugliest one first.”

You should also change your job.

Basically what he’s saying here, is that you should do the biggest and ugliest task first.

If you’re starting your day and you have 5,000 words to write, then you should sit down and do that before you do anything else. Before you answer any emails, before you do any smaller tasks, or anything you want to do....

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Chapter 1: Introduction – Working From Home is What You Make of It

So, you’re stuck working from home? There are now two ways this can go.

One option is that you work like so many other people who are confined to home offices. That means you’ll spend a huge chunk of your day procrastinating before you actually get anything done, which will result in work spilling over into your evening.

You’ll go to bed with work still on your plate, feeling stressed and behind. Meaning you’ll wake up the next day and start work in your pyjamas.

Without someone looking over your shoulder or structuring your day, it’s all too easy to fall into bad habits. You make yourself that morning cup of coffee, you check your emails, you read Facebook… you neglect to shave! It feels like liberation at first, and it’s a great feeling not having to rush out of the door.

But as a result, you end up with no structure. You spend all of your day “half working” and you spend all your time cooped up in one room. Your work life bleeds into your downtime, and you end up falling behind in all kinds of aspects of your productivity AND your personal life.

So what is the other option?

The other option is that you grasp this opportunity with both hands: that you apply a little strategy and discipline. Most importantly: you gain the correct mindset that will help you to tackle this unique challenge in the best way possible....

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When Working Hard Isn’t Enough

If you’ve been working hard but not getting the results you want, it's time to reevaluate. By taking the time to review your goals, your plan and your current strategies, you may discover smarter ways to reach your goals. You may see previously overlooked issues that are hindering your progress.

Once you've completed your reevaluation, there are other things you can do to give yourself a boost.

Build Trusting Relationships

If you look at successful people, you'll often see they are surrounded by other successful people. They've networked and created trusting relationships with others who have similar goals as they do. These are people they can call in when they need help and who they can aid when needed.

Start networking and building trusting relationship with others who can offer advice, guidance, and support when you need it.

Find a Mentor and Be a Mentor

If you’re not moving at an acceptable pace, find a mentor who is. Search for a mentor who matches your values and morals and who is living the life you want to live. They can give you tips, introduce you to the right people, and help you to move forward. Likewise, when you reach your goals or are moving steadily forward, be a mentor to someone a few steps behind you.

Get a Coach

A professional coach can help you accomplish most anything you can dream up. Find a coach who specializes in the area in which you are stuck. You may find that, over time, you hire more than one coach to help you punch through to the next level.

Learn Something New

If your current strategy isn't working, look for other ways to reach the same goal. Research and read up on various methods until you find one that seems doable. Alternately, choose to learn something new that isn't related to what you are stuck on. Sometimes, taking your mind off the problem and learning something completely new will reenergize your mind and body, giving you a new perspective on things.

Delegate

Sometimes slow progress is due to a lack of time. When you have too much on your plate, you cannot properly focus on what you need to do. You can buy more time by delegating to family members or paying others to help you. This might mean hiring a housekeeper, a bookkeeper, a marketing professional or someone to run errands for you throughout the week. Oftentimes, taking just a little off your plate can make a big impact on your results.

If you feel like you’re always working hard, but not making much progress, it's time for a change. Take a break. Assess where you are compared to where you want to be. Look for ways to reduce stress, gain new insight and start moving forward.

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Why Getting Better at Goal Setting Will Make You More Productive

Why Getting Better at Goal Setting Will Make You More Productive

Being productive is a skill that many successful people value. The reason is that when you are productive, you get more done, make more money, and still experience freedom in your life. One way to accomplish more is to get better at goal setting.

  • Goals Provide Focus – When you set goals properly using SMART goal setting practices, you will end up being very focused on the results that you want to see. When you are results-focused, it’s easier to concentrate on getting it done.
  • Goals Enable You to Measure Progress Better – When you have a specific goal set, for example, if you’re writing a book and your goal is to write 1000 words a day, you can measure your progress based on that goal.
  • Goals Allow You to Overcome Procrastination – When you set goals correctly, you’ll also end up with steps to take to reach the goal you set. These action steps can be transferred to certain days in your calendar. When you are overwhelmed, just look at today’s entry and do only that without a thought about the rest.
  • Goals Are Motivating – When you write out all your goals on paper, and you can look at what is happening, as well as track your progress, it can be very encouraging to keep ongoing.
  • Goals Make Even Hard Processes Easier – As you are setting a goal if you’re doing it right, you’ll create steps to accomplish the goal too. You’ll know how you’re going to do it before you start.
  • Goals Fuel Your Ambition – The inspiration you’ll gain as you create your goals, and the steps to achieving the goal, will help you believe in yourself even more than you already do. You can see right on paper how things will happen.
  • Goals Hold You Accountable – When you set up goals and put the steps to achieving in your schedule, you can then see where you’re falling short or where you’re going forward.
  • Goal Setting Shows You What You Really Want – The cool thing about developing goals is the ability to look at the finished goals that you create and see what you really want out of life. It’s what you focus most on.

If you want to learn about how to set clear goals, do some research about setting SMART goals. This type of goal setting will be even better for your productivity, as they are better thought out and follow a transparent process.

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