I Done It

Perhaps the biggest challenge of working from home is discipline. Without being visible to other human beings, you can avoid work and get away with it. You can take a three-hour lunch or a two-hour coffee break and use the cumulative hours to catch up on watching the Lost series for the fourth time. Lost hours can become lost days, which can become lost weeks — in more ways than one.

Unless you come from a military background or are just a freak of nature, maintaining a disciplined work schedule without second-party oversight is usually more challenging than finding new business.

The trick, then, is to be accountable to yourself. air yeezy 2 femmes And a good trick to that is to be accountable to an extended version of yourself.

Many people do this already, in the form of making task lists. The list essentially becomes your virtual manager. If you write ten things you need to accomplish but you complete only five, then just looking at the unchecked tasks forces you to be accountable to the earlier version of you who assigned them. It’s like having a virtual manager, except the manager is really you.

But for some reason that could probably be explained by only a psychologist, lists don’t work well with me. And I’ve tried just about every list trick available. But there’s a reverse strategy that does work. Instead of recording a queue of what I should get around to doing, at the end of the day I create a record of what I actually did.

A handy tool helps me with this: an online app called iDoneThis. It’s very simple, yet brilliant in its simplicity.

Every day (or week, or whatever interval you set), iDoneThis sends you an email asking what you’ve accomplished. You reply with your answer, and the website maintains a calendar of your productivity. You can edit or delete anything, anytime, and you can add items by just replying again.

Perhaps to-do lists work for you. Everyone is different, and even for me a list can be functional, such as for keeping a large number of tasks organized. But for everyday work stuff, I find that I’m much more motivated by marking accomplishments than by making demands. The presence of a to-do list feels self-nagging. roshe run hyp femmes However, I never want to end a day without a hefty report to return to iDoneThis.

The solo version of the service is free, but companies, organizations or teams can use a group version for only $5 per person. It’s a great way to track progress and to follow up on projects.