Do you work from a home office? Read this.
I haven’t yet found myself too terribly impressed by Wired magazine’s How-To Wiki, a brilliant idea that unfortunately has not quite managed to live up to its obvious potential. And yet I recommend giving it a glance regardless, because it’s quite possible, of course, that many of the articles I found dull (not useful, in other words), might be just the thing you’re looking for.
For instance: I’m a self-employed journalist and publisher who works from a home office, and because procrastination is an issue I’ve been battling for years, I am always on the lookout for decent time-management tips. So naturally, it was a no-brainer that I might appreciate a post aiming to explain How To Actually Work From Home When You Work From Home.
I’ll be honest here: The advice hardly altered the course of my life. Although it didn’t necessarily disappoint, either. Personally, I was partial to Tip Number Four: Create Small Deadlines. “Avoid procrastination by setting mini deadlines to break up your day and instill urgency in your tasks,” it reads. As it happens, I try this trick on a fairly regular basis, and as long as I can manage to stay disciplined and not cheat on myself, it works quite well. The idea–and I’ve read this in countless career-advice type books for freelancers–is to create small rewards for yourself, which you’re only allowed to redeem after completing a given task.