Whether you want to license apps full-time or are working on projects in your free time in addition to a full-time job, you’ll need to make the switch from an office environment to working from your kitchen table. Staying focused and productive at home is a daunting task, and many people are not prepared for the distractions that a home office offers.
When you work in a business or office building, there are a number of factors that keep you motivated and on track throughout the day. Your boss, the people working around you, and the working environment all put you in a mindset to get your assignments done. Let’s face it – it’s much easier to stay on task when someone is watching us, or when we feel obligated to ‘earn’ our paycheck.
This is much more difficult when you’re alone at home and there are no bosses or paychecks. You’ll need to develop your own work schedule, your own routine, and your own system of staying productive and focused. A lot of this has to do with your mindset. You need to believe in yourself and visualize the goal of licensing your app idea in order to be motivated and ready to work toward your aspirations.
You’ll also want to seriously think about your new situation as a freelancer and how you, personally, can become more productive. If this means setting up an office space within your home or moving your working hours to between 9 pm and 4 am because that’s when you’re the most focused (assuming this works with your clients’ schedules, of course), then make it so! Flexibility and the freedom to do what works for you is one of the beauties of self-employment – enjoy it.
With a positive, goal-driven mindset and some self-imposed systems to minimize distractions and increase focus, you’ll be more focused and productive in no time. One small trick that I’ve learned to keep my goals and values in mind is to actually write down the reasons I wanted to work for myself and the things I want to get out of it, and then posting that list somewhere in my home office so that I can see it at all times.