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Productivity tips working from home

This post is more for my personal notes. Here are something you can do to stay productive even working at home.

1. Set a clear goal. For example to complete task A, B and C and stick to it. You don’t have to set so many goals to achieve. 3 important tasks per day is good enough.

2. Prepare a comfortable work station. Yes you can work anywhere but this place is where you’ll spend most of your time productively

3. Stay away from distraction as much as you could. Stay away from TV, from children (while you work), from your gadgets as well if it has nothing to do with your work.

4. Stick to your own productive time. Range of time where you can do your work most effectively. It can be 2 hours in the morning and 5 hours at night. During this time force yourself to finish as much work as possible.

5. Take a quick 10 minutes break every now and then. After a long working period. For example 5-10 minutes break to go to the toilet and have a drink after 40 minutes of working

6. Just do it! This is the mentality we need. Think small thing to achieve in a short time. Just start doing it right away. If you can continue working after finish the small task, it is a bonus. The key here is to START

7. Prioritize. Do what important and has most significance first.

8. Break one huge tasks to smaller ones. Then focus to finish the small tasks one at a time.

9. Share achievements with others. Good to share achievements (read progress) with your boss or if you don’t have one, with your partners or friends.

10. Be responsible! You are an adult. You know you are paid to do the work or you must complete the work. So do it because it is your responsible.

Focus and single-tasking

Focus is important. To focus is to do only one single task at a given time. But this is very hard to do.

Follow the following steps

1. Remove all distractions – silent and put away the smart phones, disable all notifications (email, messenger etc), stay away from people who love to disturb you etc

2. start small – start with 10 minutes focus time to do one small task and let youurself drawn into the task further without you know. split tough and huge tasks to smaller ones to achieve. Most important is to have PROGRESS

3. take a meaningful break. Focus is tiring. So take a solid and meaningful 10 minutes break everytime you complete a tough task. For example, drink water, stretching, have a meaningful and necessary discussions with colleague, check emails/messenger etc

Productivity Notes

3P – Plan. Prioritize. Perform

Time wasters – recognize them and develop strategies to deal with them

  1. perfectionism – focus first on doing right things, before doing all things right
  2. multitasking- use time block to focus on one thing at a time
  3. procrastination
    1. confusing activities with accomplishment
    2. apply 80/20 rules to prioritize and get important things done fast
    3. break to smaller achievable tasks
    4. take the first step. just do it
  4. interruption
  5. looking for things
  6. meetings
  7. too much time spend for management

Show notification icon on android status bar

Showing up the notification icons on android status bar is very helpful for you to manage the pending items.  e.g. unread messages etc.

So you don’t have to swipe down everytime to see whether there are any new messages, emails etc.

To set (this settings is based on Android version 6 marshmallow)

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Choose “Notifications & status bar”
  3. Enable “Show notification icons”