Maintaining Focus as Your Own Bossby blogpointclub
If you’ve found your way here, we bet you’re interested in earning money, and completing surveys for rewards is one of many ways to add a little to your income. The beauty is it can be done just about anywhere, but many work on their side gig from home.
In 2017, 3.9 million American workers reported that they worked at home or remotely more than half of their work week, which represented a 51% increase from three years prior. More members of the workforce are making their home their office as well, or at least working partially from home to supplement their income (for instance, by completing surveys online).
Being productive while working in what is still considered an unconventional setting can be a challenge, especially for those amongst the “new W@Hers.”
We’d like to offer a few tried and true tips for finding your balance and maintaining your productivity while enjoying your natural surroundings.
- Stick to a Schedule
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking “as long as I get in 8 hours, I’m good,” and leave too much wiggle room in your start and end times. An easy trap to fall into is completing home tasks during what should be work hours. Don’t do the laundry, wash the dishes, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the living room using the justification that you’re “right there” so you have time. Don’t run 2 hours of errands when you should be working. Even if you commit to those 8 hours a day, do you really want those 8 hours to be from 3pm to 11pm?
Decide what hours you will commit to work and work those hours. Sure, occasionally you might need to make an adjustment, but be sure it’s the exception and not the rule.
- Set Up a Dedicated Work Space (That Isn’t Your Spot on the Couch)
While you may not have the extra room to make into an office, endeavor to find a space you can set up a desk or table you can work at. Don’t consider your couch, or worse yet, your bed to be your work space. By having a dedicated space, you train your mind to focus and commit while sitting there. Only do work there and educate those who live with you that when you are there, you are working.
- Dress for Success
Okay, we’re not saying you should be in a suit and tie, or that snappy pantsuit you know you look great in; what we’re saying is don’t work in your pajamas. This aligns with point 2 of not working on the couch or in bed. Get showered and dressed. Brush your hair. Refresh yourself and step away from the slumbering you of the night before, and dive into working you.
Besides, you never know when you’ll get the “We need a video conference in 5 minutes” email.
- Don’t Skimp on Legitimate Breaks
Just like when working in an office, you need to get up and move every once in a while to maintain productivity and clarity of thought. Set an alarm on your phone, or a reminder on your personal fitness tracker, to get up and move. Is there a great Thai place a short walk away? Go there for lunch. Stretch your legs, nourish your body, and refresh your mind with a walk and lunch.
Pay attention to yourself. Notice when words start to be nonsensical because you lost your focus. Notice when your back gets stiff from not moving. Those aren’t the signals to say “I’ll take a break now.” Those are the signals that say “I should have take a break 20 minutes ago,” and adjust accordingly.
- You Are Not an Island
Don’t fall into the trap of losing all socialization. Especially if you work at home full time. If you work for an employer, make a plan to be “in the office” so many times a month so you get that face-to-face time with other adults (not just your local barista who knows your order on sight).
If you work for yourself, it’s even more important to get out of the house. Can you visit clients or vendors? Can you knock on some doors? If not, if your entrepreneurial efforts don’t need that kind of boots on the ground focus, then go back to #4. Take a walk and discover restaurants and cafes in your area. Strike up a conversation at the post office. Visit your mom after work. Just be sure you don’t become a hermit.
Whatever you do, whether you work in a traditional office setting or at home, survey completion with PointClub can provide a little more cushion in the wallet. If you’re on the fence whether you would be right for survey work, be sure to read our article “Who is Right for Online Survey Work?” and see if you are on the list.
When considering your options, you should know the following about PointClub:
- Not every panelist is eligible to complete every survey; a fact we’ve already discussed. If you try, but are deemed ineligible, Captain PC has the authority to grant you points regardless of completion.
- We grant signup bonuses and extra points for completing your initial panelist dossier.
- We have one of the lower payout thresholds at $25, which you can take as payment to a Paypal account or through a variety of gift card offers.
- We give away points every day via our Facebook page. Don’t leave out that daily check in!
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