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3. Avoid distractions

You might like to work with something happening in the background, and that's okay. But you should minimise other distractions. That might mean turning off notifications, staying off social media, or setting an autoresponder to emails.

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6. Minimise cabin fever

  • Use your lunchbreak to go outside.
  • Take your laptop to a coffee shop or library for a change of scenery.

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5. Manage your time

Find a productivity technique that works for you. Try the pomodoro techniqueβ€”set a 25 minute timer, focus only on the one task, then take a 5 minute break.

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Done is better than perfect.

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7. Curb perfectionism

Give yourself permission to make mistakes. When we make mistakes, we learn, and we grow.

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1. Introduce routine

For freelancers, clients don't usually care about your working hours, as long as you get projects in on time. Introduce a routine that works around when you are most productive, even if it means working in the evening instead of the morning. Just make sure you have a set start time and a...

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2. Prioritise tasks

Start the day with a list of everything that needs to be completed by the end of the day. Prioritise them, and tick things off as you go.

If you are easily overwhelmed, break each task down into small manageable chunks so it's easier to do one step at a time.

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4. Stay focused

Multitasking isn't effectiveβ€”it lowers productivity and can lead to feeling overwhelmed.Β 

  • Focus on one task until it's complete.
  • Say no to work that you don't need to do or can be done by someone else.
  • Don't keep too many tabs or screens open.

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The Distractions We Can Control

For any focused work session, we should prevent the distractions we can control.

  • Allow only a select few emergency channels to go through and interrupt you. Turn off all other notifications on your phone and computer.
  • Ensure your email inbox is closed.
  • ...

Throw distractions awayΒ 

Do not put your smartphone on your work desk.Β 

Even though turning off all notifications and turning the device to silent mode might eliminate distraction, having it physically there would give your mind a subconscious signal that someone might be looking for you.

Reduce distractions

Our behaviour can be shaped by things we are unaware of.

For example, when we try to focus on our work, it's easy to wander off track with distractions such as checking social media or answering emails. Suspending Facebook accounts or deleting apps from your phone can help to reduce th...

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