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Improve Your Productivity with Colors

Improve Your Productivity with Colors

Pursuing a work-from-home job has some great perks like being able to spend more time with your family and being able to do more job-related or personal tasks with your time by the several hours and energy you save from commuting. Talk about the daily struggles people go through just to get to and get home from their jobs!

And yes! There are also some challenges from working remotely. One is because home is where we relax, play and rest. So sometimes, we easily get distracted, lose focus and thus, lose productivity. As workers, we put a great deal of efforts to go in the “work zone” in the comforts of our homes so we can finish tasks and meet deadlines. To improve focus and motivation, some create their own rituals such as doing regular exercises, reading books and meditating before working and some listen to music which improves concentration while working.

Another interesting way we can try to improve our productivity is designing our home office. And that is having a color scheme in our work area. Color psychology applied! Several studies show that colors can influence productivity of workers, depending on what kind of tasks they do. Here are some examples.

  1. Blue

Blue stimulates the mind. Strong blues clear thought and soft blues help in concentration and calming. It can slow heart rate and decrease appetite. Blue is perfect for those people who needs to accomplish complex tasks.

Seeing the blue sea.
  1. Green

Green is usually associated with nature and tranquility. Lighter shades of green can help ease anxiety and make people feel relaxed. It is a good color for people who work long hours. And it also does not cause eye fatigue.

As calm as the nature.
  1. Yellow

Yellow gives an optimistic and happy feel. It enhances creativity which keeps creative juices flowing. Yellow is suitable for people who works in the creative field such as design, writing and the likes.

Get energized!

 

  1. Red

Red is a bold and attention-grabbing color. It can increase heart rate and appetite. It gives the illusion that time is passing by faster than it is. If your job involves physical activity, then red is your productivity color.

Pumped with red!

Some may already have a designated office rooms in the house, but some may also just have an area where they can work. Occasionally, some even change spots depending on the availability of the space at home. We don’t need major renovations to try these colors out. We can use little accent pieces to achieve that overall effect.

So, what do you think is the perfect productivity color for you? Are you excited to try these out and do it your own style?

If you have tried these colors out, you can share your stories or pictures of office spaces in the comments sections below. We would love to hear how it worked for you!

To productivity and beyond! And to work-from-home success!

5 reasons why Freelancing is the best option for stay-at-home moms or dads

Let’s admit it, sometimes, full-time parenting brings us homesickness and make us feel we are less important. We don’t contribute to the family financially because we don’t work and just stay at home for a lot of chores.

In this blog, we will look at the reasons how Freelancing is the best option for you to alleviate this common feeling of Stay-at-home moms.

According to FORTUNE.com, parents make up the largest generational groups of freelancers.

The fact that parents are hands-on with their kids, the obvious Number 1 reason they do Freelancing is:

1. Flexibility

You get to control your workload at home and bond with your kids at the same time. How awesome is that? Right! We know that Stay-at-home moms (SAHM) juggle a lot of chores–from diapers, to cooking dishes, watching kids, etc–which makes it a real struggle to work a full time 9-5 day job.

Good thing, freelance jobs are in the rise nowadays. And a lot of moms are considering it due to the flexibility it offers.

By freelancing, you can opt to work full-time as you multi-task with your mother duties.

Or you can opt to work part-time too.

Let’s say, after sending your kids to school, instead of just waiting until they get home from school, you can spend the rest of your time productively doing some writing jobs or marketing freelance jobs instead of just binge watching TV series or playing app games on your phones.

Freelancing is so flexible in a lot of aspects. You get to choose what type of job you want that matches your skills and availability. It doesn’t restrict you like a typical 9-5 jobs do.

Some moms that I know prefer to work as a freelance data entry encoder, internet researcher and article writer, as these types of jobs is so easy for them to work on in their spare time.

They usually work at nights when kids are all asleep or when kids are at school. So in the day, they make sure that their kids’ needs were met and that they spend quality bonding with them. Read here to see available Freelance jobs.

2. Enjoy being your own boss

Another awesome thing about this is that you work at your own phase because you are the boss. You can pause and resume work again after you have pickup your kids from school or finish your other chores.

You control your schedul

e and can finish any project in any time you are available. You may want to take a mini vacation or spend some bonding time with your family. Just as

long as you finish whatever project you have committed with your client.

Imagine being in front of your laptop in a resort while watching your kids playing in the sand. Isn’t it the best of both worlds? —working in your phase, earning, and most specially being with your family.

By being your own boss, you also control how much work you want for the week. So let’s say if you want more extra income, then you’d certainly work more hours.

Like a friend I know, every time she wants a new phone or any gadget, she would commit herself to a certain project and just 1 week later, voila! She has a new gadget! So basically, most of your income goals and targeting actually depends

 on you because you are the boss.

You can’t do this if you work from 9-5 job! There are a lot of jobs that pay incredibly well. Read more available freelance jobs here.

3. Freelancing is so easy to get started. It doesn’t require much investment

A misconception of a lot of people is that freelance is only for those who have technical skills. Actually, anyone can be a freelancer as long you have the determination.

It’s not only for tech-savvy people. Having a skill is enough to get started. And I don’t know any person who doesn’t have a single skill. May it be in customer service, writing, editing, sales, marketing, etc. We all have our own skills or knowledge we can share. It may not be tech-related, but sure you have a skill that a client looks for. You may not just have fully discovered it yet or used that knowledge/talent. Read here to see more basic skills for freelance starters.  

Freelancing is so simple that you don’t even need that much to get started. Actually, you may have everything that it takes –just a laptop, a good internet connection and the ability to communicate with your clients. It may sound too good to be true, but hey that’s all you really be needing. In my latest blog, I discussed step-by-steps on how to get started. Read more about it here.

4. You will earn while keeping your minds sharp

Most of the stay-at-home parents just wait until their kids get home from school. And while waiting, they just binge watch their favorite TV series, and at the end of the day if you come to realize, it doesn’t give them productive output. You can just imagine how much time you just wasted just sitting in your couch watching dramas.

In freelancing, never you’ll feel that your time is wasted. In fact, you’d be smarter from learning various skills and at the same time getting paid for your time or the project you accomplished.

It’s a win-win situation because aside from earning money, you just earned another skill that you can leverage and use for another client. And this is how smart freelancer thinks and work their ways up.

Freelance salary depends on a specific skill set you have. Some clients pay per project completion and some pay per working hours. Read here to see how much freelancers make.

Working various freelance jobs actually make your salary go higher. The more you become expert in your skills, the more salary you can demand for a client.

So the next time you wait for your kids from school, better invest your time wisely working in freelancing and grow your skills.

Remember we are doing this for our family and kids. As our kids grow, we also want our brains to be sharp to keep healthy. Doctors say that a well-used brain lessens the risk of illness in the future. And freelancing does a lot of health-related benefits to keep our brains active.

5. Finally, gain high quality of life and be more productive

Being a freelancer gives you a lot of opportunities to better your quality of life. You’ll get to beat homesickness and be productive. Having more quality bonding time with your family and earn at the same time will eventually lead to a HAPPIER you.

What I like about freelancing is that it challenges you each day.

I encourage and challenge you to explore freelance and experience the benefits yourself. For a start, you can just try part-time just to test the water.

If you have no idea yet what skills you can showcase, Read this article. It will be helpful for you determine the possible freelance job you can try.

Let me know what your thoughts or if you have any questions. Just leave them in the comment box below.