7 Ways to Increase Productivity in The Workplace 151

productivity in the workplace

Maximizing efficiency in every area of life – be it personal or work-related – has always been a goal of ours. And productivity in the workplace is no exception.

We achieve much more if we’re more effective, get things done faster, work smarter rather than harder, prioritize, focus more easily, develop the right mindset to work without interruptions and even enjoy our work, and never experience burnout, lack of motivation, boredom, or else.

If you too want to stand out in the workplace, increase your chances of promotion, get more done and even work on a side project, stay active and feel fresh throughout the whole work day, here are some tips:

1. Single-task.

Doing one thing at a time is what can help you do your job better and faster. Our minds just aren’t programmed to do many things at once, that’s why multitasking usually leads to investing more time and energy into our work, but not being satisfied with the results and not seeing any progress.

As for the tools and systems you’re already using at work, simplify those too. Most softwares for organizing projects are quite complex. So go with a project management software that lets the entire team collaborate and gives you an instant access to the latest project schedules via the Web.

2. Kickstart your morning.

How you start your day defines how it goes. So if you have an energetic, productive morning, then you’ll build the momentum and will be getting things done till the end of the work day without feeling exhausted.

Wake up earlier for a start so that you’ll have enough time for all that. Then, dedicate that extra time to some positive, healthy, creative and successful activities that will get you in the mood.

Have a quick workout, meditate to clear your mind, visualize your goals, write down a few things that will make today great, create your to-do list, prepare for going out.

All these mini habits, when combined, turn into a powerful ritual that will guarantee your optimum performance at work.

3. Take control of your schedule.

Time management skills are crucial if you want to double productivity in the workplace.

Start with the basics, like analyzing how you’re already spending your time daily and seeing which activities bring you the best results. Then, eliminate some of the rest and focus more on these.

Once you feel comfortable with that and it becomes a habit, start prioritizing. When writing down your tasks for the day, define the most important ones, put them on top, and start with them first thing in the morning. That’s how you move forward and feel accomplished by noon, which motivates you to keep working on the rest of the list.

To take things to the next level in terms of time management and efficiency, use a time & attendance software. It’s made for employees and lets them view schedules and previous hours worked, request shift swaps and time off directly from there, and wait for approval from managers. That saves a lot of time and worries, there’s no real need for meetings and unnecessary communication, as these can often become a distraction from your actual work.

4. Complete quick tasks right away.

Whenever something comes up that takes 5 minutes or less, just do it.

If you schedule it for later, you may procrastinate, forget, or else. And in a day or a few, there will be many more tasks like these and you’ll get overwhelmed. Don’t let that happen. Increase productivity in the workplace by making this simple change in the way you do your job – just get done the things that take no time immediately.

5. Take regular breaks.

If you don’t turn your mind off after a period of focused work and engage it in something else, you’ll lose concentration and will lower your productivity levels.

For best results, work in 25-minute intervals and take a 5-minute break after that. That’s the so-called Pomodoro technique. But you can also turn that into 90-minute intervals in which you’ll get a lot done, and then unplug and do something else for half an hour or so.

6. Create a friendly environment.

What you look at while you work, the place you’re at, the people, the atmosphere – all these affect your performance more than you think. So improve it and let your environment breed success and productivity in the workplace.

First, declutter. Organize your desk, find a place for everything, keep it clean. Add plants, inspirational images or quotes around you. Get a comfortable chair, maybe even a standing desk.

Then, improve your relationship with your colleagues. Connect on a personal level, do favors, share ideas, show respect, be the most positive person in the office, and be polite too. People are part of your environment, and it’s much better for your mental health and work performance to keep it friendly.

7. Be a learner.

Always seek guidance and support. Read stuff connected to your field daily, stay up-to-date so that you can discuss these topics with influential people when the right time comes.

Try new approaches to the way you do what you do. Experiment with different productivity techniques, healthy habits, energy boosters, stress relievers, etc.

There are plenty of things you can start doing to make sure you boost productivity in the workplace and become an employee the company can’t go without. Just focus on getting 1% better daily.

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How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer 24

How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer

Writing is what I love doing and I managed to turn it into my career. But that wouldn’t have been as enjoyable without having the freedom to work from anywhere and move to my favorite country. So after I became a freelance writer, I also took a few steps to become location independent.

Let me share how that journey looked like for me and maybe inspire you to take the leap and not just become a freelancer but also travel the world or just leave your home country and never look back.

Stage 1: Overcoming The Doubts

I believe all change happens on the inside first. In the case of becoming a freelance writer and a lifestyle designer, you’d first need to do a couple of things related to developing a strong mindset.

To begin with, define what you don’t like about your current lifestyle. Be clear about it and see yourself living a better life some time from now. This vision will also help you realize what you truly desire.

For me, it was freedom and independence but in a specific way.

I mean, I don’t really need to travel the world. It was enough to spend a few weeks in Thailand and to always have the chance to get back to a destination like that if I feel like. But what I truly desired was to leave my home country, Bulgaria, and instead move to the Netherlands.

However, my transformation started many years ago, before I even knew that’s where I wanted to live. First, I wasn’t satisfied with my life back then. I was already in my 20s and I always felt like I wasn’t spending my time right. So something had to be done.

Doubts are scary.

In fact, they are one of the reasons why so many people all over the world never start a business, end a relationship, travel or else.

Once you get through that stage though, you start having hope, you visualize a better life, and you finally take action. And once you take the first step, magical things begin to happen.

For me, that first step was to define my passion (personal development) and combine it with writing, which I simply loved doing and felt like it was the right way to spend my time.

English is just my second language. I had no official degree in what I’m doing. I wasn’t tech-savvy and had no idea how the Internet actually worked.

But the desire for a different life and more meaningful activities was stronger than any lack of knowledge or experience. So I dedicated the 4 years of my life during university to building the foundation of my online business and the lifestyle I enjoy today.

Stage 2: Getting The First Clients

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I began writing, first on my blog (more on that below), then for others. But the magical ingredient here is reading.

I spent a ton of time (still do and probably always will) reading about people who were already living the life I was after. And that changed it all. I overcame all the doubts because I saw all that I wanted was possible. If other people were living like that and they all started from nothing, then it’s just a matter of time till I get there too.

That encouraged me. And my motivation never decreased because of some people I started following consistently and seeing their progress kept me action-oriented too.

It was time to earn my first dollars freelancing.

The good thing about the Internet is that you don’t have to be anyone in order to land your first gig. Once you do, the second one is easier. You just need someone to pay you for your freelance services so you can have confidence in your abilities and improve your skills.

I never thought I’d be able to call myself a freelance writer, not to mention be location independent together with that. But I left the big picture behind for a while and focused on simpler things. Such as:

What can I do today to land my first client?

After researching, I realized there are sites for freelancers where employers post jobs and I can apply to each that seems like a good fit for me. And so I did.

I created my profiles, had low rates (because any money was good money for me then if it was online), and applied for a few jobs. I had no idea what to say exactly so I just went with what felt right.

I introduced myself when pitching clients and told them how I can help them with their project. Rejection here is normal as there’s a ton of competition.

Eventually, someone hired me for a job and I made my first $20 or so.

It was a short and sweet gig and I did a good job. The communication with the client was smooth.

It’s hard to land someone for the first time, especially in my case. On my profile they could see Bulgaria and that English isn’t my native language. Also, that I’m new to the site and have no previous feedback. Basically, not the most trustworthy freelance writer to hire.

But there are new employers to such platforms too and they are ready to hire you as long as you have something to offer them.

So if you want to make money online and eventually turn that into a business, become location independent and work remotely, or just want to do what you love freelancing, then create your profiles on sites like Upwork, Guru, Freelancer and PeoplePerHour and start pitching.

Stage 3: Building a Blog and a Brand

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The 3rd crucial step in my journey to becoming a location independent freelance writer was this blog.

Let’s Reach Success started as a personal blog on self-improvement. But consistency was the key and I seemed to be good at this. It’s because I love writing too of course. It eventually turned into my biggest project and today it’s my portfolio.

There are more than 1600 articles in the archives, a whole book store, proper design (thanks to this premium theme), authority, and a story behind it. Which makes me and Let’s Reach Success kind of a personal brand.

If you haven’t started a site yet, you’re wasting time. Whatever it is that you wanna do online, you need that one platform.

I’ve written a quick guide on how to do that. Check out How to Set Up a WordPress Site on Bluehost. Don’t worry, the technical aspect is easy and I’ve outlined the few simple steps you should take to have your site up and running in less than 30 minutes.

Blogging is a must for every freelance writer. Here’s why:

First, you get to showcase your work. You can write articles all the time and show them to clients. Whenever you want to start writing about a new topic, you’ll simply start covering it on your blog and then provide samples to employers.

You become known as an expert. If you stay consistent and provide unique and quality content frequently, people will know you’re the go-to blogger in the niche. Together with your unique voice and all other things you’re doing on the side, you can build a name for yourself. That means clients will start finding you soon.

Blogging is a learning experience. There’s a lot going on in the archives on my blog. If I go back, I can even see how I’ve grown over the years. Your writing will change too and that’s okay. Your site becomes your biggest project, especially if you’re a writer yourself. Also, it’s thanks to wanting to improve Let’s Reach Success that I’ve learned so much about optimizing content, making money from a blog, and more.

Stage 4: Setting Up an Online Business

Now that you’ve overcome the doubts, have landed your first freelance client, and have your own blog, you can turn that into an online business soon.

First, of course, you’ll need to have some decent income monthly to be a proper location independent freelance writer. Although plenty of people register a company from the beginning and then slowly grow their freelance business.

However, in the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing. I was paying taxes and fees for the freelancing platforms I worked with and that was enough. I wasn’t sure how much more I could make each month.

When I got to a few hundred dollars monthly, though, (which is an amount you can live with back in my home country if you aren’t paying rent), I decided to fix the legal part and register as an independent worker there and start paying my taxes.

Over the next months, I truly believed I’m now a freelance writer earning money from my craft and loved it. Of course, I also wanted to grow, build skills, land better clients, improve my site and see what else I could be doing online.

Stage 5: Choosing Your Ideal Destination and Moving There

amsterdam - the dream location

When I was making $1000/month from my blog and freelance writing services, and because the business was online, I finally felt like I could soon move away and start a new life.

The country I wanted to live in was the Netherlands. I already had friends there and knew it was the place to be for me. So I booked a place in Amsterdam with AirBnB and dedicated these 10 days to finding my new home.

I needed it to be affordable and in a good neighborhood and that’s exactly what I got.

Because I wanted to be there so much and worked hard for it, there hasn’t been a day since I moved that I didn’t wake up with a smile on my face.

That’s one of the main aspects of lifestyle design. Doing work you love and making just enough to be able to live the way you like.

Of course, Amsterdam isn’t cheap so I had to limit my expenses and change things.

Stage 6: Living The Location Independent Lifestyle

I did some traveling too. Spending 5 weeks in Thailand cost me a lot in terms of money (although it could have been cheaper too but I didn’t prepare well) and focus. But it’s safe to say these weeks have been the craziest and most adventurous ones in my life.

I might go back there, but that’s not necessary. I love my daily life too and don’t need an escape from that. The important thing about being a location independent freelance writer is that you have to enjoy the freedom of being where you are. And if you earned your chance to get there, it tastes even better.

Stage 7:  Mastering Working Remotely and From Home

Location independence and freelancing aren’t for everyone as it’s not easy, there are sacrifices to be made and plenty of challenges. One of them is getting distracted and not doing focused work on a daily basis.

One thing I did right though was to build some good productivity habits and eliminate procrastination and distractions early on. In fact, that was when I started making my first money as a freelance writer.

It’s nice to imagine how you can live and work from anywhere 6 months from now. But if you don’t build the discipline in advance and learn how to structure your day so you can do your best work, you won’t make it.

Here are some things that can help:

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Stage 8: Growing The Freelance Writing Business

My focus is on increasing my income now. I got to over $3500. These come from sponsored posts here on Let’s Reach Success and freelance writing for clients.

I’m working on other things too such as increasing book sales and building systems to earn passive income from affiliate marketing. But these don’t come naturally to me so it takes time.

So that’s how I became a location independent freelance writer and how you can do the same.

Here are the exact steps I took to become a location independent freelance writer: