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Earning an income from home is a dream come true for many people, and it’s no surprise, either. Being able to set your own hours, work at your own pace, wear whatever you want, all day, and take a midday nap if that’s your thing, are all pretty great incentives.
Of course, when working from home without a boss to keep an eye on your general productivity throughout the day, it’s important for you to learn how to keep your own workday efficient and productive, whether via singularity networks or a simple set breakfast routine that gives you the energy you need to meet the day head-on.
To get you started, here are some of the most popular productivity tools among home-based professionals, and why you might want to use them.
Save your work straight into Dropbox
Dropbox is a cloud-based file storing service with a desktop app that opens like a normal computer folder. The basic concept is pretty simple; you drag and drop the files you want to save into the Dropbox folder, and they’ll sync automatically to the Dropbox cloud service, meaning you can retrieve them from anywhere you have access to the internet.
One quick way of making sure your work is always backed up without you having to think about it is to create your work documents directly within the Dropbox folder and use it as your default “My Documents” area.
This way, you’ll never be at risk of losing all your hard work because you didn’t notice that your laptop’s battery was just about to die.
Do the bulk of your writing on Scrivener
Scrivener is a fantastic writing tool, massively popular among professional authors, scriptwriters, and bloggers of all types. Unlike most word processor programs, Scrivener allows you to maintain your own internal folders of documents, lets you switch between views to view and arrange them as reference cards, and automatically saves whenever you add more text to the program.
There are many other benefits to Scrivener as well, including for anyone who has to regularly produce articles and keep them neatly catalogued, while still wanting to be able to see and compare individual documents at a glance, not to mention the fact that Scrivener has inbuilt export options that allow you to convert your document to any number of popular formats.
Scrivener isn’t very easy to get your head around at first — in fact, some people sell entire courses on how it works — but once you’ve spent some time with it, you won’t want to go back.
Track your daily productivity with RescueTime
RescueTime is an app which is bound to make you more productive through the simple power of silent observation, judgment, and shame.
The way RescueTime works is by syncing a desktop app to a browser-based dashboard. The app tracks which programs you open and websites you visit during the day, and uploads all the data to your online dashboard, including breaking down the time you’ve spent by productivity level.