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4 Simple Online Productivity Tips

Close up low angle view of a man working from home on a laptop computer sitting at a desk surfing the internetLately, we have the opportunity to work online a lot more, and we might find that it can be very easy to get distracted and end up not getting much done. There is a lack of productivity.

Eventually, you want to be in a position that you can call your online work your full-time job. So you can see that any lack in productivity is simply unacceptable. Therefore, we have come up with a few simple solutions that help negate the lack of productivity and give you a better chance of success.

4 Simple Online Productivity Tips


Tip #1 - Have a Separate Work Location

You will always be more focused on the task at hand if you're in the right location.

For example, your bed is for sleeping. You should not bring your laptop to bed and try to get work done. Within 15 minutes, you'd be out like a light.

Your couch is for watching TV. Your recliner is for reading. Your desk is for working. Each location has one task, and that's it.

If possible, we would highly recommend putting your work location in a room of its own. TV can be a downfall for you. Even if you just let it play in the background, it can easily grab your attention.

A separate room with a closed door will give you the least amount of distractions and the most concentration.


Tip #2 - Close Everything

Since you're working online, you need your computer, and it needs to be connected to the internet. Unfortunately, we all know how distracting the internet can be. So close every tab, window, and program that you're not using for the work at hand.

For example, when you're writing a new article, the only thing you have open is a simple text editor—nothing fancy, no formatting, just pure writing. Any research and outlining you've done will be waiting for you in the text editor. You have no need to have a browser (or any other program) open. You can concentrate on your writing.


Tip #3 - Take Breaks

This may seem counterintuitive, but no matter what you're doing or how good you are, we all need to take breaks.

Generally speaking, you will take a 5-10 minute break every hour or so. It really depends on what you're doing. For example, after you finish writing an article, you'll take a break. After you finish editing a group of pictures, you'll take a break.

It doesn't really matter how you do it as long as you don't try to sit down and work for eight hours straight. Take a break.


Tip #4 - Batch Processing

This might actually be our favorite tip of all. Some people do it naturally, but we think this can be a big timesaver for those of you who don't yet.

Batch processing is a term that is most often used for computers. It is an internal process that most people are not even aware of. A computer can complete these processes or jobs without any input from an external source, such as a user.

So how can you do the batch process?

Often when you're working in a new niche, there are many similar repetitive tasks that need to be done. Let's take a look at a specific (slightly exaggerated) example.

You want to start writing about traffic signs. So you could:

  • Take a picture of a stop sign
  • Come home and load the picture onto your computer
  • Crop and Scale the image to 250px
  • Upload the image to your article
  • Write your Stop Sign article
  • Publish your Stop Sign article
  • Take a picture of a yield sign
  • Come home and load the picture onto your computer
  • Crop and Scale the image to 250px
  • Upload the image to your article
  • Write your Yield Sign article
  • Publish your Yield Sign article

And then you would repeat this process another ten times.

Does this seem familiar to you? Do you see where you're going with this?

Now let's try the same project, but with some batch processing implemented.

  • Go out and take pictures of the 12 signs you want to write articles about
  • Come home and load 12 pictures onto your computer
  • Crop and Scale 12 images to 250px
  • Upload images to articles
  • Write
  • Publish
  • Write
  • Publish...

Can you see how this will save you some time already?

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About the author: Bianca J. Ward is a business coach for Australia and New Zeland based companies. Besides, she is an online essay writer at EssayWriterFree where she provides people with qualified works. Besides, she is a passionate photographer and traveler who has visited 52 countries all over the world. Bianca dreams about creating a photo exhibition to present her works to others.


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