Work Smarter, Not Longer

Tyler Cruz made an interesting post about his work sessions, and how he only works 4 hours per day, 1-hour at a time. It was a well thought out post, but what really surprised me were the comments he received. Most people were more excited with his computer desk setup, rather than the advice given!

Here’s my work area. It’s not the neatest place in the world, but it’s got the essentials. Rocking the dual-screens, cordless phone, laser printer, digital camera, web cam, sound system, etc.

If you want to be serious about this business, you’ve got to treat it like a JOB. Get your lazy ass out of bed, get dressed, and head over to your “office”. It’s a mind-set thing. You need to setup a dedicated work space, and act as you would in a regular work environment.

Use the proper equipment. A laptop isn’t the right tool for the job. Sure, I’ve got one, but it’s only used when I’m traveling. Otherwise, I have a beast of a desktop that handles my day-to-day activities. Also, a dual-screen setup is a MUST! You really have no idea what you’re missing out on. People will argue that you can be just as productive on a large widescreen monitor, but try a dual-setup for a week, and you’ll see.

Once you’ve got the right work environment, it’s all about working smarter. Tyler’s got the right idea with his schedule. Everyone’s different, so experiment and see what works for you. Studies have proven that we’re most productive in the morning. I choose to work uninterupted from 9am-1pm. After that, I take a MANDATORY lunch break!

You need a break. Sometimes I’ll go out and get some lunch.. Other times, I’ll run some errands. Or I might just heat up some leftovers and watch some TV. (Yesterday I ended up watching Redline on Starz, and took an “extended lunch”).. The perks of working from home! 😀

I work hard during those 4 hours.. I could probably end my day right there, and all would be good. But I’d probably get bored. So in the afternoon, I’ll work on little odds and ends, and catch up on my e-mail. Then when the wife gets home from work, I end my workday. I’ll check my e-mail a few times during the night, but nothing more than that..

You don’t need to work 16-hour days in order to make money in this business. You just need to re-evaluate how you’re doing things right now. You’ll probably find that you’re wasting a LOT of time, and making your day a lot longer than it needs to be!


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