What do you think motivates a person to quit his day job and go web working full time? Well, there are many reasons and each individual has his own story. But overall, I think one of the primary reason behind this decision is that we think we’ll have more time for ourselves and our family, and we’ll be our own boss.
It’s true that there is nothing like gaining total control of those 24 hours, however it’s equally true that being conscious of such a control makes web workers lazy and they tend to slack and procrastinate, which further results in loss of productivity.
So it’s necessary that, as a web worker, you do not lose that mindset you had when you were working 8 hours at a day job and followed a schedule everyday. Here are some tips which could help bring that discipline back into your life and make you a better web worker.
Decide Work Hours
It’s important to realize that you are no longer working in the same congenial atmosphere where you are surrounded by colleagues and professionals doing the same work. You are now by yourself with your computer and in the same house which you considered as a haven for relaxation after the work hours.
You will also realize that at times you will not have control on your surroundings, especially if you have a family with kids, who will do everything in their (quite considerable) power to distract you and get you off work. :)
The key is to set aside time for work and time for ‘other’ things. It can be any set of 8-10 hours in those 24 hours. For example, a lot of web workers prefer working nights and wake up at noon. It’s cool, but you just need to make sure that you are able to isolate a productive 8-10 hours out of those 24 hours.
Organize Your Work Space
Organizing your desk is important because if you don’t do it, you won’t get that feel of working for something, which you get in a day job. If you live with your family, you should keep your desktop/laptop in a separate room which is completely aloof from sources of entertainment like television, game consoles etc.
It might be a good idea to rent a room somewhere near your home and use it as your office. That way you can expect less distractions. If you are staying alone, then obviously it doesn’t matter where you have your computer. It’d then require self-discipline to keep on working and not being tempted to switch on the television.
Make A Schedule And Stick To It
Having a schedule is essential and it helps you manage your time effectively and accomplish your work productively. You should also keep track of dates and occasions and finish your work accordingly, so that you meet the deadlines.
Also it’s easy to make a schedule, but it’s often difficult to follow it. And that’s the real test of your discipline. You should try hard to stick to your schedule and complete your projects first, rather than waste time online. Use various tools to determine the time you devote to serious work and analyze the results. Do a self-evaluation everyday and make goals for the next day. And try your best to achieve the daily goals.
Take Time Off – Seriously!
Being disciplined as a web worker doesn’t mean you should work on weekends and bring your laptop everywhere you go. In fact, you should take breaks when necessary and enjoy your time with your family and friends, without having to worry about that project or deadline.
I think web-workers and freelancers require self-discipline more than folks working at a day job. You are the master of your time and there are no outside forces (like a boss), to tell you what needs to be done and when. I hope you found those tips useful, please share your own tips and tricks in the comment section below!
About the author: Abhijeet Mukherjee is a blogger and freelance writer. He is a regular contributer for many blogs notably including DumbLittleMan.com and MakeUseOf.com. He also maintains his own blog about tech tips, productivity hacks and blogging tips – Jeet Blog