Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Increase your productivity

Switching to working from home is one of the best things I ever did. A lot of people think that if you work from home, it doesn't really count, which is completely untrue. Initially it took me a while to organize everything so that I would not be disturbed at home during working hours, not an easy feat with our doorbell ringing more than 15 times a day on average. Over time I have learnt to organize my staff and others to not disturb me during working hours. The key factors when one works at home is being productive. One almost has to be more productive than workers in a regular office, just to prove that work is being done, deadlines are being met, profit is being made and so on.

Productivity501 has been a great resource of tips and information on working productively and effectively from home. Written by Mark W Shead, a consultant who uses "technology to solve business problems", the Productivity501 blog is chockablock full of tips and tricks to being productive. One of his recent posts discusses ways to convince your boss on working from home, which has lots of details on how to handle broaching the topic and making it a successful transition. While a lot of sites write on similar subjects, what I like about Productivity501 is that Mark goes deeper than the banal and oft repeated suggestions.

In another intuitive post on time management, Mark makes a superb analogy by comparing a disorganized office to a patchwork quilt that manages to hide everything from view but while still being there, just like errant files and business cards. Using time effectively is one of the cornerstones of being able to work from home, but it's not always easy to manage since it's easy to get sidetracked and disoriented. At present, there's a contest going on where you can hope to win an iPod Shuffle for reviewing the site, so if you need an added incentive to visit Productivity501, then this is it.

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