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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Home Office Productivity 00

      1:35

    • 2.

      The Home Office Setup

      2:30

    • 3.

      3 Biggest Time Wasters

      2:26

    • 4.

      Strategies for Home Office Success

      2:59

    • 5.

      How to Prioritize like a Pro

      2:19

    • 6.

      How to Avoid the Procrastination Trap

      3:37

    • 7.

      How to Save Time with Decision Making

      2:33

    • 8.

      Develop your Productivity Habits

      3:14

    • 9.

      Action Plan for Home Office Productivity

      3:00

    • 10.

      Extra Lesson - Manage Interruptions

      1:58

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Say Goodbye to procrastination and hello to productivity!

Working from home has become so popular that the only thing left is to bring your entire house to the office.

With the benefits of greater flexibility and comfort come the challenges of avoiding the temptation to work from bed or answer emails in the bathroom.

One of the biggest challenges of working from home is the blurring of lines between work and personal life.

Without the clear boundaries of a traditional office environment, it can be difficult to separate work tasks from personal tasks and to avoid distractions like household chores or family members.

As a result, many people find it challenging to manage their time effectively and stay focused on their work.

But fear not!

With the right tools and strategies, you can achieve a productivity level that would make even Elon Musk jealous.

In this class you will learn:

  • The essential skills and strategies you need to stay focused, motivated, and productive while working from home.
  • The best way to prioritize your tasks like a pro so that you end the day with your todo list complete
  • How to avoid distractions so that you don’t spend your day binge watching Netflix 

Take the class and boost your home office productivity with this time management class

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Tom Wiztek

Marketing and Recruitment Specialist

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Hi I'm Tom. 

I have a keen interest in marketing and recruitment.

I have worked for over 2 years in the recruitment industry. I learned the ins and outs of hiring people. I decided to publish courses related to finding a job because I realized that a lot of candidates are professionals (in their field). But don't know how to present themselves.

Furthermore, I have always been fascinated with online marketing.

Over the past couple of years I have been involved in numerous projects related to traffic generation, online marketing, blogs, app creation and web design.

Hope you enjoy my classes!

Enjoy my courses!

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1. Home Office Productivity 00: Working from home has become so popular that the only thing left is to bring your entire house to the office with the benefits of greater flexibility and comfort, become the challenges of avoiding the temptation to work from bed or enter emails in the bathroom. One of the biggest challenges of working from home, the blurring of lines between work and personal life. Without the clear boundaries of a traditional office environment, it can be difficult to separate work tasks from personal tasks and to avoid distractions like household chores or family members. As a result, many people find it challenging to manage their time effectively and stay focused on their work. But fear not with the right tools and strategies. You can achieve a productivity level. They will make even Elon Musk jealous. Here's what you are about to learn in this productivity trading. How to set up your home office so that you start your work in a good mindset, eager to destroy your to-do list. You'll discover the three biggest time waster is that prevent you from working. How to turn your normal workday into a productive powerhouse with proven time management strategies, the importance of prioritization and how to do this the right way. How to avoid procrastination trap, how to save time when making decisions. And the best way to develop your productivity habit. By the end of this productivity course, you'll be able to achieve more than just checking off your to-do list. You'll turn each day of the week into a productive day in which you work less and get more done. Join the course and say goodbye to procrastination and hello to home office productivity. 2. The Home Office Setup: If you want to achieve some serious productivity, you gotta have a personalized spot dedicated for work. Not only will it keep those pesky distractions at bay, but also train your brain to get into the zone. When you sit down. Picture this, you're on a video call with your boss looking like you just rolled out of bed and into a pile of laundry. Not a good look. But fear, not a dedicated workspace is here to save today and give you that professional edge unit. So we'll have designated space. You can create an image of someone who's got their act together and means business. So let's get cracking and make ourselves a productivity power. You can start by choosing the right workspace. Ideally, this should be a separate room or a designated area in your home. At the basic level, the first thing to keep in mind is that comfort is king. So choose a chair that doesn't make you feel like you're sitting on a medieval torture device and a desk that gives you space for your computer and accessories. This will promote good posture and ergonomics. This can help you avoid physical strength and discomfort, which is known to lead to fatigue and decreased productivity. Here's choose furniture and equipment that makes you feel like you're working in a grant CEO office, even if you're just working in your bedroom. Next, make sure your workspace has adequate lighting so you don't accidentally send a personal email to your boss instead of your best friend. Keep your workspace organized and clutter-free so you don't lose important documents under a pile of snack wrappers. And finally, surround yourself with inspiration. That means adding photos of loved ones, but not the ones from stress you out. And no post photos, some motivational quotes, but nothing to achieving. Make it simple, like a cut hanging on a branch or a belief poster, or even some funky art work. Trust me, when you're surrounded with positive vibes, Luby unstoppable, with a little bit of humor and some smart choices you can create. A poem offers still make even the most demanding boss, green with m. Now that your office is set up, I bet you are eager to start crossing off work. But before you dive into what we need to address the elephant in the room, those pesky time oysters that are just waiting to attack you and waste your time. Let's bring them to your attention in the next lesson. 3. 3 Biggest Time Wasters: It's time to shine a light on those sneaky productivity thieves that are lurking around your home office like mischievous little goblins. They're just waiting to pounce on you and distract you from your work with their devilish tactics. But fear not whereabout to unmask the three biggest time waster so that you can overcome them and develop your focus powers. First, we have the black hole of productivity. And of course, I am referring to social media and its digital gang of distractions, like strong temptations for you to do everything else and forget your responsibilities. You need to make a serious decision and set some boundaries to work. Now one way to avoid going down the rabbit hole of endless YouTube videos and social media posts is to step one, scheduled specific times for you to check these notifications and your social media posts. And limit yourself to only check them during those times. You'll feel like a boss when you take control of the digital life. Next, we have multitasking. I know it seems like a genius idea to juggle a bunch of tasks at once, like a circus performer. But let me tell you, it's a truck. Before you know it, you'll be dropping marbles than a clumsy Cloud and your productivity will go down the drain. So let's focus on one thing at a time. Giving it that tension deserves your sanity will thank you for it. Thirdly, there is a lack of structure. You see working from home is like being a kid in a candy store. There's so many temptations. But let me tell you. Too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing real quick. Without some structure and routine, you're like a boat without a paddle, drifting aimlessly into unsee of distractions. You'll be jumping around your tasks and never really completing anything properly. While your to-do list just keeps on growing, you'll need to work on an ideal routine for your day. It will keep you productive and saying your future productive self will thank you for it. Now that you know the challenges, I would say the three biggest challenges of home office productivity. In the next lesson, I want to start focusing on the strategies that will help you become the master of your home office domain. 4. Strategies for Home Office Success: Hey there work-from-home warrior. This section is by showing new strategies for home office productivity. Some are simple. Sam, take more effort to apply. But because work from poem offers so much freedom, you get to relaxed and have trouble reaching your ideal working zone. That's why sometimes the smallest tweak in your habits may boost your productivity. So let's start. If you want to maintain some sanity in your life, it's crucial to set specific work hours. Don't worry, I'm not here to cramp your style or anything, but hear me out. If you want to keep your work from home life, from turning into a chaotic mess, dense time to a site-specific work hours and beat, create a routine around these hours. Trusting having a set schedule will keep you from accidentally scheduling a Zoom meeting during your morning shower or forgetting to eat lunch until 03:00 P.M. with a SET work schedule, you won't have to play the worst Waldo game with your colleagues or clients trying to figure out when you're available. Let them know your work hours so they don't accidentally call you during your favorite Netflix show. By setting specific workout, you can ensure that you are dedicated enough time to work without letting it spill over into personal time. And setting specific workout is like building a wall between your work and personal life. It's like saying, Hey work, you stay on your site. I'll stay on mine. Now let's explore the secret art of taking breaks. Take regular breaks is essential to maintaining productivity and avoiding burnout. However, there is a tendency to think like this as I'm already working. Just do this one more thing and then take a break. 3 h later, your productivity has been drained and your work rate has slowed down to a stop and you still haven't taken that break. You should be scheduling breaks throughout the day. You don't want to turn your day into 5 h of sitting in front of a computer motionless. If you're working and have an endless supply of work coming your way, then it's probably a matter of time before you get insane. Make a conscious effort to rest and relax by taking breaks from time-to-time. Plan to take short breaks every 60 to 90 min to rest and recharge your energy. One idea is to set a timer to remind yourself, take breaks and then stick to your schedule. Even if it's just five to 15 min. That break away from your work helps your mind. One suggestion, if you want to avoid turning into a human sheet pancake. If you're going to use those breaks to get up and shake your body, take a walk, do some stretching or bust out a quick workout routine to get those endorphins flowing and clear your brain. Absolutely. Avoid eating at your desk. This will not offer you a maximum recharge of your productive powers. Your body and mind will thank you later. So get up, Get moving, and get your muscles active. 5. How to Prioritize like a Pro: If you don't want to drown in a sea of deadlines and unfinished work, you better sharpen your prioritizing skills. These skills are like a life raft. You need to stay afloat. And here are some strategies that will help you to prioritize, like a pro. Step one, freak out and identify the tasks that need to be done yesterday. Step to take into account the amount of sweat and maybe tears required for each task. Prioritize the tasks that are the toughest to complete and require the most attention. Get this done first before moving over to the easiest tasks. There is a natural bad habit where people tend to get started with EV tasks. First. The problem here is that even if you're doing these small and simple tasks at the back of your mind, you will always be thinking, what am I going to do about top priority task x? So make sure that when you are choosing the task to do first, you're always starting with the toughest task. First, let's move up and let me ask you a question. How do you eat an elephant? There is an answer to this, or real serious answer, one bite at a time. So step three is to break down larger tasks. So if you have a really large task that is overwhelming, break it down into a set of small, manageable tasks, or simply use the baby steps technique. You don't need a magic wand to get things done. Just grabbed a task management tool or a to-do list and watch your productivity skyrockets. You could try something as simple as Trello to follow all your workload and get things done. The Kanban view is brilliant in its simplicity. And what I like about it is that you can see your entire workload on one screen. And the last step is to review and adjust your priorities regularly. So let's be real. Life is like a game of Tetris. And sometimes those blocks come crashing down faster than you can say to-do list. That's why you got to stay nimble and keep adjusting your priorities. With practice, you'll be crushing those tasks. Like they're nothing but pixelated blocks. 6. How to Avoid the Procrastination Trap: Are you a procrastination Pro? If you're the type of person who puts the pro in procrastination. You are in luck today. I've got five ways to help you manage that time wasting habit and finally getting stuff done. No more pretending to organize your desk or watching cat videos on YouTube. So sit back, buckle up, and let's dive into some pro tips for tackling that pesky procrastination habit. Number one, set clear written goals and plans of action. This will motivate you when you sit in front of your computer, you know what to do and can get on with it. It's much easier to start your day knowing what to do, then have a blank Schedule. Plus if you know what you're supposed to be doing, you want to get sidetracked, checking your email, scrolling through social media, Facebook, Twitter, or falling into the black hole of online shopping. Number to break tasks into smaller, manageable steps. If you're feeling overwhelmed by a task, it's like trying to eat a whole pizza in one go. It's just too much. But if you cut it into small, bite-sized pieces, suddenly it seems more doable. The same goes for tasks. Breaking them into smaller, more manageable steps will make you feel like you're making progress. Number three, set deadlines and hold yourself accountable. Establishing clear deadlines for your tasks can help you stay on track and avoid procrastination. Holding yourself accountable by sharing your goals with someone else or tracking your progress can also help you stay motivated. Number for work single-minded on each task. So let's assume you have your list of tasks ready. Now choose one task and only one task. Work on it until it's done. What I am conversely hinting at here is to avoid multitasking all cost. Multitasking is well-known to be inefficient and reduce productivity. So give each task your undivided attention. Until it's done. You'll get more done in the long run. Number five, use a timer. Set a timer for a specific amount of time and focus on the task at hand until the timer goes off. This nifty little gadget can help you stay on track and avoid the urge to check your phone or get lost in a YouTube video series. If you really want to up your game, try the 501-050-1030 technique. Okay, this looks weird on this screen, but here's how it works. It's a workout for your brain. 15 min to work, 10 min break. You do this cycle twice, and then you finish with a 30-minute work session, then you can honestly say you have worked and you deserve a break. Just make sure to review with a proper lunch break. All you'll be running on fumes before the end of the day. And this technique is really powerful. It's hard to do for the first time, but if you try to do it a couple of times, get used to it, you can find that it's really, really productive. And finally, I just wanted to say that procrastination is a tough opponent to beat. Procrastination often stems from fear or anxiety about a task, hence, putting it off until later. So try to practice some self-compassion and don't be too hard on yourself. If from the very start you don't achieve your best productivity level by applying these strategies to your daily work, you are moving in the right direction. And we'll finally put an end to the constant battle between productivity and procrastination. 7. How to Save Time with Decision Making: You freeze up when faced with even the smallest decisions? Or do you spend countless hours pondering over every single decision? Then this lesson is perfect for you. There have been studies done on different decision-making styles and the results are in, there's one style that leads the way in terms of productivity and satisfaction with the decision made. So let me share with you this decision-making style. Try an example. Imagine going to a fast food restaurant. How do you choose your meal? Here's what a successful person would do. And the reason I'm using this example is because this example is what a successful person would do in every single decision that they make. A successful person will order the first thing on the menu that looks decent, sharp. It may not be the best burger in the world, but it gets the job done and saves you time. And according to science, this person will be happier with their decision than the person who spends 10 min analyzing every ingredient in the burger before ordering. Successful people do not waste time making decisions. They follow one strategy and are able to choose the best decision on most occasions. This decision-making style is known as the satisfy sing method. Using the satisficing method, a person makes a decision and chooses a good enough option. So the next time you're faced with a decision, just satisfied and enjoy the freedom of not overthinking. As a bonus, you'll develop a positive character traits. The person using the satisficing method of decision-making tends to make a decision and holds onto it. This is a trait of successful people. They are quick to make the decision, but slow to change it. They don't second guess themselves. What's done is done. However, those who analyze every single option and every bit of data available are different. They are slow to make the decision, but super-quick to change it. They keep second-guessing themselves and they doubt the adequacy of their decision. They also experienced high levels of regret and anxiety. So instead, use the satisficing method and just ask yourself one question. Will I enjoy this chart? If you make the decision and move forward? No more time wasting analyzing every little detail. Trust me, this is a game changer. 8. Develop your Productivity Habits: Becoming a productive superstar doesn't happen overnight. What do you have to do is discover and break down your existing habits. Rebuilt them with your productive habits. Break them down again. And if you have fine, rebuild them with the right habits. So basically what I'm trying to say is that along the way you will have to examine your own habits and actively work on changing them to achieve a productive lifestyle. And trying to build new habits can be like trying to teach a cat to do tricks. Challenging but not impossible. So this lesson is focused on little techniques you can use to make sure your new productive habits stick around long enough to turn your typical workday is way home office productivity machine. Firstly, start small when building healthy habits. Start with baby steps and work your way up. Would you run a marathon without any practice? I don't think so. You'd quickly hits the runners wall, which is the equivalent of home office burnout. So take it easy and don't forget to celebrate the living victory along the way. E.g. how to start small? There is this popular workout. 60 min work, take a ten-minute break, followed by 60 min work, and then take a ten-minute break before your final session, which is 30 min of work scheduled. It can be tough. So instead here is the easier solution. Just remember to take 10 min off for every 1 h of work in front of a computer. That's easier to do and it will help your daily productivity. To make it enjoyable. It's important to make productive habits enjoyable as this can increase your motivation to stick with them. So seek out the strategies that you feel would be most useful for you because you don't want to build habits that you can spend. E.g. if I was on a new diet, only allowed me to eat Brussels sprouts. I think I go insane. But if I add a diet that lets me eat moderate quantities of foods that I love and I get a reward of dessert, then I would be more happy to turn that diet into my habits. Number three, reward yourself for your efforts. Treat yourself to a favorite activity or a new toy. Will you build your habits? And for the patient and persistent? Remember, building healthy habits is like growing a garden. It takes time and patients don't expect overnight success and don't beat yourself up if you kill them, you meet along the way. Just keep on watering your healthy habits and watch them grow one day at a time. One last thing, it takes one month to build a new habit. The first seven days will be the hardest. It will gradually become easier, but don't stop until the month is complete. Even after 20 days. If you stop, you will revert back to your old habits. Once you build it, it will become a part of your regular activities and you will do it on autopilot. So follow that habit strictly and keep at it for a full month. 9. Action Plan for Home Office Productivity: If you are here, it means you survive the content and are ready to take your productivity to the next level. Now it's the time for action and for you to take your productivity into your own hands. So let's summarize the training. Would an action plan for boosting your home office productivity? Create a dedicated workspace. Set up a workspace that is designed for work free from distractions. Make sure the workspace comfortable, organized, and has all the necessary equipment and supplies. Establish a routine. So basically establish a daily routine that includes regular work hours, breaks, and time for other activities. And stick to your routine as much as possible to create a sense of structure and order in your data. Set, goals and priorities for your work. And identify the tasks that are most important to achieving them. And prioritize these tasks so that you focus on completing them. First. Minimize distractions. So for this, I want you to identify potential sources of distractions in your workspace and take steps to minimize that. This might include turning off your phone, muting your phone, wearing noise, canceling headphones, or using a website blockers to limit access to social media and other distracting websites. I use Slack and I switch off the notifications during my focus time. This is a really important one. Take regular nuts, I mean, breaks. These can help you stay energized and focused throughout today. And don't forget to use a time management tool. So this can be something like Trello or it can be even something as simple as to-do-list. Use them to help me stay organized and on track. And don't forget to set deadlines for each task and prioritize your tasks based on importance. Take care of your physical and mental health by getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and practicing stress reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga, or exercise. And don't forget to maintain a work-life balance. So for this, we want to set boundaries between work and your personal life and avoid working beyond your set work hours. Make time for family, friends, and hobbies that are important to you. It takes time to achieve your highest level of productivity. And leave guidelines are moving you away from stress and towards a sustainable and productive working. But don't get too confident. This plan is not set it once and forget about it. You'll need to consciously apply the techniques and track your progress to ensure you have consistent productivity week on week. So let's get to it and make your home office your productivity Playground. Good luck. And I hope you enjoyed my lessons. 10. Extra Lesson - Manage Interruptions: Hey there fellow work from home or if you've ever tried to work with kids, pets, or partners in the house, you know, that interruptions are like mosquitoes at a Summer Barbecue. They are everywhere and they're annoying a sec. But fear not. I'll be sharing with you some top-notch tips and tricks for dealing with those pesky interruptions that always seem to happen just when you're about to hit your productivity strike. Firstly, you want to establish clear boundaries with the people in your household about when you're working and when you are available for interactions. I mean, talking. Even something as simple as closing your door can signal to others that you are busy and they should not interrupt. Next, you want to communicate this to everyone. So make sure your family members or your roommates know your work schedule and understand the importance of minimizing interruptions during work hours. I have seen situations where family members just did not understand this and felt like it was the best way just to enter somebody's office anytime, whenever they wanted to. And this was really a productivity waster. So make sure you communicate to others how important this is for you. And I also want to mention that you should establish a daily routine that includes regular work hours, breaks, and time for your other activities. Stick to your routine as much as possible to create a sense of structure and order in your day and others in your house will also get familiar with your plan and not interrupt you during your focus time. And you want to use older technology to your advantage. So e.g. you could use noise canceling headphones. You could set up virtual meetings software. Or if you're using instant messaging, you could switch off notifications during your focus time. By implementing these strategies, you can manage breaks and interruptions while working from home and maintain productivity and effectiveness.