10 Working from Home Tips from A Full-Time Blogger

working from home tipsWant to become a full-time blogger? Want to make money by working at home?

If yes, this article is exclusively for you. The good news is, this article is written by a full-time blogger who has suffered fulltime to work from home without distraction.

I work from home and I know it’s a curse rather than a blessing. The reason is, when you are free, when you’ve no boss, you will get distracted easily.

It’s REALLY hard to work from home to make money online. I’ve been into full-time blogging for over 2 years now, and I know the problems that work at home people make.

So here are few working from home tips I’d like to suggest. Before getting serious about working from home, please consider implementing them.

Incredible work from home tips that make you productive

 

#1. Create a minimalist workspace

I only have 3 things on my workspace.

  • Table
  • Laptop and
  • An executive chair

Nothing else.

There’s a reason why I’ve chosen minimalist workspace over cluttered surroundings. Your working environment decides everything.

If your working space is messy, you will feel depressed instantly, and you won’t get anything done.

If a positive aura is passing through your workspace, you will more likely to finish your tasks. So make sure to always de-clutter your working space.

#2. Each day set 3 MIT’s

Every morning, create a list of 3 things you want to finish. Finish your Most Important Task (MIT) first.

Don’t set more than 3 MIT’s as you may lose focus. It happens every single time with me if I focus on more than 3. I use day board to focus on my MIT’s. Though you can add up to 5 tasks, I prefer adding just 3.

dayboard-chrome

Every time you open a new tab on your chrome, you’ll be reminded of your MIT’s to help you stay focused on the task at hand. It also shows your history of progress of the tasks that you’ve finished.

It’s free btw!

#3. Work in 25 minute tasks

Work on your tasks for 25 minutes. Then, take a 5 minute break to refocus. Do this for 3 times.

That is, do 25 minute tasks 3 in a row. Then, take a long break (15 to 20 minutes).

Once you’re done with three 25-minute tasks with a long break, you can again start the same cycle.

Working in 25 minute tasks you gives you another advantage. You will be working on one specific task at a time when you’ve a time limit. We all know how multitasking kills our productivity.

Pro tip: A pomodoro tool (I use tomighty)can help you work in 25 minute tasks. I’ve been using it for over a year now, and I’m glad I found it.

#4. Limit your distractions

Cell phones.

Instant notifications. Email alerts.

Cut every damn thing when you’re working.

Learn to avoid online distractions. Being a full-time blogger, it’s hard to work online without getting distracted. I use few productivity tools like Stay focused, Zen writer etc. cut my distractions while working online.

#5. Reward yourself when you’re done

Working alone and making money is a lot of fun. It’s also a tedious job as most people go insane when they work hard. Don’t forget to reward yourself whenever you’re done with your tasks.

It can be anything. Here’s what I do when I’m done with my tasks.

  • Go out and have fun with your friends
  • Go on a bike trip (I love solo bike riding, headphones on)
  • Have a beer or two + corn fry ;0)
  • Watch a movie
  • Watch Game of Thrones (my favorite show)
  • Read a novel, or non-fiction
  • Chat with your friends on Facebook or WhatsApp (and make them insane :p)

#6. Assess your working style

When do you work more productively?

Few people are night owls, and few are early birds. It is essential to understand your working style if you are working from home.

Don’t get up and start working just because someone said to wake up early to be productive. It doesn’t work that way. You first need to evaluate when you do work more productively. Only then you will be able make changes to your work style accordingly.

#7. Move and sweat

Sitting is the new smoking.

I went from 65 to 90 kgs in just one year, that’s the reward you’ll get when you work from home. Gone through some cardio exercises to reduce 13 kgs in 4 months is another story.

My point is, if you are working from home, you will become fat faster. So stand up, move around, and run for a mile or two at least 5 times a week to stay fit.

#8. Be grateful for your what you have

This isn’t really a tip, it’s more like owning a lifestyle where feel grateful with your current life.

Fulltime blogging is something most people can’t do. Most of their parents, partners or friends don’t support their decisions. So be grateful for being a fulltime blogger.

Spend time with your family, and friends. More importantly spend time with yourself to enjoy the little things in life.

#9. Save money

Until recently, I used to spend all my money on entertainment, buying unwanted stuff (do I need another bike, really?), and boozing (duh!).

Once I came to know about the importance of savings, I started living a minimalistic life. Owning is less is an awesome feeling. You don’t have to impress anyone. You don’t have to spend your hard earned money on useless things that don’t give lasting happiness.

If you want to become a fulltime blogger, start saving your money from day one. You’ll thank yourself later.

#10. Try power naps

One of the biggest advantages of being a full-time blogger is that, you can fall asleep anytime you want. Instead of sleeping for long hours whenever you’re tired, it’s advisable to try power naps.

A power nap is a short sleep without feeling sleepy or groggy afterward. Don’t go beyond 25 minutes as you may feel dazed. Power naps meant to be short in between 15 to 25 minutes.

If you over sleep, it can become even worse as you might enter deep sleep. Also many researches show that, a short nap is at least as effective as a long one, so why spend more time for less impact? Please read this post to try power napping without fuss. It also has some music tracks that make you fall asleep faster. I tried, it really works!

Over to you:

In fact, it’s your turn to become a fulltime blogger. But before considering a full-time career in blogging, get in touch with me. I’d be glad to give my suggestions. Come on, just mail me at rahul@learnblogtips.com, say hi and send me your questions.

Comments

  1. Hey Rahul,
    This post is useful for every blogger
    . Online distraction has really made my time less productive in the recent months.thanks for those tools ya!
    Another easy tip I follow is to switch off my mobile data and wifi while I work on my blog.Its just a cliick away so I keep doing this on/off when I need some info from web to my post(which is minimun)

    Cheers!

    • Hi Siri,

      Let me know your feedback after using online productive tools. And yea, they’ve worked pretty well for me, hope you’ll like them.

      That’s a great tip which I personally follow :)

      Thanks for stopping by Siri. Keep rocking on your food blog!

  2. I am agree with sireesha my 60% working time waste because of Online distraction.

    Will try to be away from it while working

  3. Hello Rahul!

    I try to have some power naps regularly, and it works out very well for me. And I split my tasks into batches. I guess that these MIT’s will work out for me well to spend my time productively. Will be sharing the post.

    Thanks,
    Selva.
    Selva recently posted..How to invest the investorsMy Profile

    • Power naps work pretty well if you don’t exceed the limit (more than 20 mins). If not, you’ll go insane. Make sure to set an alarm.

      Thanks for the visit Selva.

  4. Let me start off by saying thank you for the post. I’m thinking to become a full-time blogger soon. Right now, online distraction is my biggest problem, and finding it hard to get rid of it. Your points seem legit, it’s really hard to work full-time all alone, and definitely needs self-motivation to go ahead.

    Let the journey begin Rahul!

  5. Great advice, Rahul, and glad to see you take your own advice.

    Have been waiting to read your posts for a long time, finally I saw a new post on a good topic. I’d be glad to stumbling upon your site often.

    David

  6. Hulbert Lee says:

    Hi Rahul,

    Really loved your new design. It’s clean, simple and elegant.

    Well, coming to the post, full-time blogging doesn’t have to be a rocket science. By following few simple tips like, maintaining a focused work space, creating a soundproof environment and understanding your peak hours can help.

    Certainly great tips here Rahul!

    P.S: make sure to update your blog often to keep your raving fans happy!

  7. Nice Post bro. Keep It up and Write More posts, i love reading your write up’s.

  8. Hey Rahul,

    These are some great tips to work from home. I would like to try your tool (tomighty). It seems useful.
    Thank you for sharing these great tips and tool with us buddy.. ;)
    These tips will definitely increase my productivity.

  9. Anubhav Gupta says:

    Hello Rahul

    Good to see you, return on LBT again with ultimate article for your online buddies. You’ve changed your theme too but, frankly speaking i loved your previous blog design.
    But… i’d feel strong that you’re going to stick with LBT from now.

    And i really weak in power nap but i’ll try to boost up my productivity.

    Best regards
    Anubhav Gupta

    • Hi Anubhav,

      The main reason for the theme change is, SEO. I strongly felt Genesis is much better in terms of SEO than Thesis. Anyways, I’d be making few more design changes to make it look unique.

      Thanks for the feedback.

      Keep in touch!

  10. Anubhav Gupta says:

    Yeah…. i’m always ready for any type of feedback for you.

    Thanks for appreciating me.

  11. Great tips. And very timely for me. I have been contracting two days/week for one client and am going back to freelancing – and being home-based all the time. So this article is very helpful. Thanks!

  12. All are great ideas for making yourself more productive. I think #9 is most important, however. Once you get to the point where you realize that having less is more you don’t need as much stuff to live comfortably. In turn it means you don’t need as much money, and you can work at what you love rather than being a wage slave for someone else.

    #9 lead directly to #8, and that is real freedom!
    Thanks Rahul

  13. Hello Rahul,

    i believe that blogging is one of the leading career option, but i do not know why all peoples think that work from is a very difficult task, i think work from home is best if you are punctual for yourself.

    Regards
    Sam Singh

  14. This post is gonna to prove useful to every blogger.
    Everyone should keep themselves away from the main threat of distraction that is the social media and should take power naps for getting a new and fresh start after waking up.
    Nice design of blog and thanks for sharing this great piece of info.

  15. Hi Rahul, thanks for sharing this, to be frank I’ve never considered any of these ten points you raised here. I think i will begin to give them a serious thought henceforth, i ve copied them to go over them again.

  16. Hi Rahul,
    Really good post!
    I still remember that komodro technique and I would say it is the best way to work. Work Smart, Not Hard. Right?
    Being a blogger is the best thing to do in the world. No boss, no job, I am the boss, I am the job kinda thing.

  17. Another great article I am not even full time blogger but gained 6kgs that annoying, I will follow these tips much sincerely.
    Thanks Rahul Bro,
    Regards

  18. Great article, gives a lot more information of how to work at home easily

  19. Hello Rahul,
    Here’s my answer to your questions…
    Want to become a full-time blogger? Answer: I do.
    Want to make money by working at home? Answer: I do.

    I just favorited your blog :)
    Louie

  20. Hello Rahul,
    such a informative article for newbie, working from home is very task, if you are not punctual then it is impossible to get success so you should make to do list and work accordingly.

    Regards
    kunal

  21. I have been working from home as a freelancer since 2010 and I can totally agree and relate to your posts. I think every person who is thinking of becoming a freelancer should read this post. The idea of not having to travel to get to work is just awesome and I can just practically be wearing anything.

  22. Wao, you still blog? I thought you have stopped blogging now. I dont find you active on Facebook now-a-days. Working too hard to build a solid masculine body? :)

  23. Hi Rahul,
    Your points are right to the path and providing important information for the bloggers. One should always maintain a strict discipline if he/she is working from home. Social media and games can easily distract people from its goal.
    Thanks for sharing!

  24. Just about every tend to be great feelings to create alone additional profitable. I consider #9 is usually most crucial, however. As soon as you will be totally free to the stage in which you are already aware that obtaining less is usually additional somebody don’t need the maximum amount associated with what you should live on pleasantly. Thus this could suggest somebody don’t need the maximum amount associated with cash, and just have everything you could appreciate rather then to become a income slave regarding someone else.

  25. Hi Rahul,
    Nice to visit your blog again. I am totally agreed with your points. In my opinion, if someone is working from home should plan a proper strategy and should follow that strategy to achieve the target that you have set for that day then only move towards the social media.

  26. I agree with all of your points, I personally take only 3-4 things on my workplace that in keeping ourselves from distraction.

  27. Hi Rahul,

    Very good post. I work from home so can relate to most of the things you have mentioned on this post. The point about gaining weight is absolutely true. I myself gained 16 kg in just 4 months. Though, I had reduced my meals still struggling to maintain a right weight. You almost covered everything in your post but will like to add one more thing, only if you permit.

    I have seen that when you work from home people around you especially your relatives don’t take you seriously. They will always call you for every small thing perceiving, you have all the time in the world. I guess, when you work from home you need to learn to say NO to all these things. You need to treat your room as office and need to act as a Tough Boss to make it big.

    Well Done!

  28. Nice Article Rahul. I think work from home is best if you are punctual for yourself.I can totally agree and relate to your posts. Every person who is thinking of becoming a freelancer should read this post.

  29. Hey Achu!
    wassap..?
    Long Time I haven’t read anything new here…but suddenly I opened LBT and What I see Wohaa! New Design New post by Achu :D and I can’t stop myself for reading this. Well, the Magic of Achu I was missing I can see here.. Thanks for writing The 10 most effective tips for Full time Bloggers .. from today onwards I’m going to follow these and let you know if I found any difficulty ! Thanks and Missed the LBT’s Magic :P and waiting to see more posts here..
    Sugandha!

  30. I agree with the points. I have a question. I know some people they earn money by blogging but they put google ad sense in their blog. They are much sure that they will get ad sense & actually they get. I don;t know how they are sure about that. I tries once & I couldn’t get ad sense. but Now i read the post & want to start from the beginning.

  31. Rahul at this point of time I am part time blogger but wants to carry on as full time profession. So according to your points I need proper workspace to start.

  32. I agree 115% with all tips Rahul. Love ’em! So much so that I’ll tweet this.

    Amen on power naps, being grateful and working off of your intuition. Some days I work late and other early but I listen to inner guidance. I find my motivator and go from there. What works for one blogger doesn’t work for all others.

    Thanks for sharing your keen insight,

    Ryan

    PS…..your minimalist work space rocks. Mine: a laptop, bed, and tablet.

  33. I’m not a full time blogger, but I do work from home. Some very useful tips. The only thing that I’d add is, break out of the 9-5 mentality.

    If you’re an early riser, start early (sometimes 6am for me), then take an break a couple hours later for a breakfast, work a bit more, take a decent lunch break, and then be done by 4pm to enjoy the afternoon. Working in 2hr chunks across the day works so much better than the typical 8hr slog (for me anyway.

  34. Great tips, Rahul.
    I like the minimalist approach.
    Less distractions, more work done!

    Agreed with power naps.
    They can bring you renewed energy and boost productivity.

    Happy New 2015, Rahul.

  35. It’s really awesome article & funny too :) . And none of these tips I followed ever. But now I will try to focus on these importantant tasks. And I also want to be a full time blogger & these tips will definately help me a lot. Thanks for sharing

  36. This is what i needed because i am planning to start blogging on a full time scale and by offering these wonderful manual/tips, you just saved me time. Well i know it is not that easy to make blogging a full time job but it will be worthy it if i pursue my all time dream.

  37. Great post, man. Can relate to a lot of what you’ve mentioned…

    “Sitting is the new smoking.” – SO true.

  38. Hi,

    It is so informative and useful post for all bloggers.I also Want to become a full-time blogger your post is helpful for me.I definitely check your 10 tips as Create a minimalist workspace, Each day set 3 MIT’s, Limit your distractions, Assess your working style.I will tray my better.

    I am very happy to visit this website and read the great information that you present.
    Thank you!

  39. I’m happy you got success through your blog. Blog is such a powerful thing, people (some of them) aren’t really aware of the value of this platform. Sooner or later, they will find out.

  40. Hey Rahul,
    Really appreciate this post of you! All the tips are very helpful for the bloggers, especially the newbies. Now, I’m a part-time blogger, but considering about full-time. So glad found this article, I realize I can learn many new things from a full-time blogger.
    Thanks again for the information!

  41. Working from home takes a lot of discipline on your part, and that of your friends and family too. Just because you’re at home, doesn’t mean all and sundry are welcome to pop in for coffee. Often, people struggle to understand that just because someone works from home, it doesn’t mean they are having a jolly. They are working, trying to make a living and don’t need interuptions. Routines are essential to keep you on track. As for power naps, are you being serious?

  42. Hi Rahul,

    Nice Post i must say, in my opinion working from home is one of the best option for everyone. Anyone can earn a decent amount from blog with the help of AdSense account.

    Regards
    Digi Manthan

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