It’s a beautiful Sunday here in Kansas City and before I head out to enjoy the day, I’m finishing up my work. Being self-employed and having Internet-based businesses I’m never closed. It’s 24/7/365 – visitors are ALWAYS on my websites. We never “lock the door” or “turn out the lights.” Just because it’s Sunday doesn’t mean I can have the day off as I could if I was working a traditional 9-5 job. With that said, it’s important to have an organized workspace so you can make the most of your time online.
Over the years I’ve been able to optimize my work space where I can come online for a quick two-three hours and get a fulls day work done. Sure, I won’t get many new campaigns created, but I’m able to optimize, scale. and attend to my web properties to ensure everything is running smoothly. Thankfully with my iPhone I’m able to have my email on me in-case of any emergency. Remember if a sever goes offline – you HAVE to get it back online. This was especially true when I owned my web hosting company.
Dual monitors – This has really helped me out. I use my 17″ MacBook screen for my emails, social media, and Pandora while I have a 27″ Samsung monitor hooked up that contains my workspace, Skype, and iChat. When we move into our new office in a couple of months, I’ll also have an iMac in my setup with the largest monitor they have available.
Organized desk – While mine can get out of control quickly, I always want to make sure to have my notepad, calculator, and coaster all be “findable.” It’s hard working in clutter, on the couch, or laying in the bed.
Comfortable work chair – By far posture plays a huge role in being productive. If you have poor posture its likely you’re entire body becomes somewhat lazy and your productivity is compromised. Not to mention the painful TMJ it can cause! Rather, have an office chair that is designed for long-term sitting. Get one that supports your lower back and has arm rests.
Room temperature – My workspace is right under a vent. I also have another fan I can turn on when it gets real hot outside (we have wall with 6 feet tall windows here in the office). If I’m hot or cold I cannot be productive. I’m more concerned about my body temperature.
These are just a couple of things that can be overlooked but can really help your overall day-to-day operation. What are your tips to increasing your productivity?
Ryan Gray is the founder and CEO of NameHero, one of the fastest growing independent web hosts in the United States. Ryan has been working online since 1998 and has over two-decades experience in Internet Entrepreneurship.