Are you a productive home-worker?
There was a good post on Mashable a few days ago looking at ways to increase productivity while working from home. The advice reflects some of the feedback the business LinkedIn community had when I asked their advice on home working, picking up on key productivity killers such as too much time on social media, not enough breaks, answering personal calls and not allowing yourself a change of scenery.
Reading the advice, it struck me that many of the tips are actually things that make home working more enjoyable, as well as more productive. For instance, a power walk on a sunny day or a home-made sit down lunch rather than a sandwich at your desk, can make a world of difference to an afternoon’s work. So let’s restrain our inner slave-drivers and treat ourselves nicely the next time we work from home!
Incidentally, at the bottom of the Mashable article in the comments section someone had added a 10th tip advising readers to turn off Twitter when they want to get their work done. While it is a totally valid point that the distraction of Twitter can prevent you from doing your work, I find it is just too important a tool to leave idle for too long.
Through keeping up to date with business contacts, hearing the latest on topical current affairs stories, and finding out about great offers and promotions that can benefit your business checking Twitter a few times a day can mean you gain more than you lose.
What are your thoughts on the “Twittersphere” – Is it a distraction from your daily work or a valuable tool to your business?