Increase productivityHere is a great Getting Things Done article from IQTell.com:  

 Getting Things Done

Most of us have projects we want to get things done when we are home; ranging from huge undertakings like planning our financial independence or something smaller in scale like repairing the deck.

We’re all excited about our project and fantasize abotut how we’re going to do this or that.  But when it’s “go-time”, we tend to make excuses, drop a few balls, or miss a few deadlines; all with the goal of procrastinating.

Let’s face it; getting things done at home is much harder than in a structured environment like your office.  It’s easier to work efficiently when you have a dedicated space with specific rules that allow you to do the same things day-in and day-out without too many interruptions.

The real challenge begins when you go out of that structured cocoon. Unless you’re a kid, at home nobody will tell you that you’re late on your deadlines; there’s no team to support your efforts and there’s no boss over your head to help organize your daily tasks and objectives. Of course, those that are married may argue otherwise, but we can all agree it’s a bit different than work.

Bring your office productivity to personal projects by remembering that:

1# Projects are made out of the sum of their actions 

Most at-home projects get stuck or stay on “paper” because they’re being approached as a large unit when they’re actually made of manageable bite sized actions.

For some reason, at work, you never tackle a project all at once for all angles.  Most likely, first, you fully understand the objectives & timelines.  Then you start preparing a list of necessary actions, order of implementation, etc.  Well, the same must be applied at home!  Sit down and break your project into manageable actions and try to understand which action comes first.

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2# You need a Personal Accountability System

When you’re in the office, you have colleagues that email you with pending tasks, a boss that reviews your actions (sometimes even before you hand them over) and a little voice in your head nagging you constantly to finish what you’re doing and head out home as soon as possible.

Alas, these productivity drivers are not available at home.  You need to find out what or who (more likely) can help you to be accountable at home.

Often engaging friends and family does the trick.  Just speaking about your project and its objectives creates a commitment that you don’t want to break.  For me, it’s sharing the project with my family, explaining that I need some time to do certain things alone, and figuring out with them how they can help me by:

  • Reducing the endless stream of interruptions;
  • Asking them for help on tasks I won’t be able to attend to during this project; and
  • Strengthening my resolve.  After all, how can I stop in the middle after speaking about the project and taking help from them along the way?

Contact Cathy – Productivity Experts for help getting things done  cathy@theproductivityexperts.com