7 Tips For Not Going Insane While Working From Home

You might be new at this thing people call “working from home”.

You might be struggling to find a way to make this “working from home” work.

It feels weird. It feels different. It might even feel a bit uncomfortable.

But, in the end, it looks like remote work will become a REAL thing after all the mess humanity has been through in the past few weeks.​

See, remote work will save both parties (employers and employees) time and money.

No more commute and no more cubicles.

Just each person doing their job from their homes.

And I can tell you it’s an awesome experience once you get used to it.

For the last couple of years, I’ve worked remotely on different kinds of projects. From creating sales funnels to managing product launches, from creating websites to offering 1-on-1 consultation.

And I’ve picked up some tips on how to make this “working from home” experience work best for me.

So today, I’m sharing my top 7 tips for not going insane while working from home.

Let’s go!

1. Don’t work in your bedroom

Picture the following scenario.

You’re working with a bed behind you.

After a while, your bed starts whispering in your ears, “I’m here waiting for you. I’m super comfy. Sheets are ready. Pillows are as fluffy as they’ll ever be. The temperature is chilly – just as you like it. Take a quick nap… you deserve it!”

Back when I started working from home, I made the huge mistake of trying to work inside my bedroom.

Every time I came back from eating or fetching a glass of water, I was tempted to take a quick “power nap.” It was annoying, and, honestly, I did take too many power naps for a while.

Suddenly, I noticed my productivity dropped like a rock, and I had to drag myself to get things done. This lead to having tons of to-dos stacked up inside Todoist

“I have fix this,” I said to myself.

And I did.

I decided to set my workspace outside of my bedroom.

Result: My productivity went back to its normal levels.

See, your environment influences you in ways that you cannot imagine.

Your bedroom, like or not, is a temple of resting and having sex. That’s it. That’s the association your brain has made.

Get your work outside the bedroom, be it in the living room or a spare room you might have.

This workspace must be comfortable enough so you focus, and work for longer hours – your bedroom is not that place.

2. Schedule your time like a boss

Perform a quick brainstorm of the things that you usually do during the day.

Those things go from washing the dishes to cleaning your home. From preparing your food to making sure your kids do their homework.

Just write down everything you can think of.

Done?

Now schedule all of those actions at specific times.

I suggest you schedule the hard stuff and the deep thinking for earlier in the morning. And to leave the rest of your tasks for when you feel mentally and physically tired.

Also, make sure to plan ahead your meals.

Pro tip: cook the meals in bulk (this is an awesome productivity hack).

And plan your day the night before.

This will give you a headstart every morning.

3. Don’t stay in your pajamas

It might sound weird to read this, but…

DON’T STAY IN YOUR PAJAMAS.

Make an effort to dress well.

Two reasons for this:

  1. You might have meeting lates in the day
  2. As stated before, your environment influences your mood – that includes your clothes

About that last point…

See, your brain associates pajamas with sleep. So, like it or not, working on pajamas could reduce your productivity.

Don’t debate me. Debate the scientist from the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Their study suggests that people perform better when their clothing has a “symbolic meaning” to them.

For example, the attention of doctors increased when they were wearing a lab coat.

In your case, your working clothes already have a “symbolic meaning” to you – GET TO WORK!.

Guess what’s the symbolic meaning of the pajamas…

So use this knowledge to your advantage by using your work clothes while working from home.

4. Cook, eat the food, and clean the dishes right after you’re done

Your dishes will start pilling up sooner rather than later.

Don’t let this happen to you.

How? Eat, then clean what you used.

Simple, but effective!

Now, if you decided on cooking your meals in bulk, all you’ll have to do is reheat your food, eat it, then clean those dishes – less cleaning for you as you won’t be cooking often.

Why do I advise you to do this?

Sooner or later, that stack of dishes will become a burden, and you’ll start putting off cleaning it.

This will become a huge distractor.

By cleaning the dishes, you eliminate that pesky task from breathing down your neck.

5. Systemize your process

Everything you do can be done better and faster. Right?

Here’s how.

Start documenting your workflows by writing down all the steps you take to complete the different processes of your business.

By doing this, you’ll begin to notice all the superfluous actions you take to move from point A to point Z. Once you detect these actions, remove them or substitute them with more efficient ones.

With time, your system will become more polished and you’ll discover that it takes you less time to complete your work.

If you’re struggling to document the steps of your workflows, brainstorm all the actions you take to complete your projects while disregarding the quality of what you’re writing. Your focus should be to achieve the maximum quantity ideas in the least amount of time – that’s the purpose of a brainstorm.

Later on, you can start moving things around and finding ways to make your things simpler, faster to execute and more efficient.

I bet you’ll be surprised to know exactly how you create things.

Wanna simplify the brainstorming phase? Use LucidCharts or Diagrams to start drawing your workflows.

6. Use the right tools for your system

We live in the future!

We have apps that help us communicate in real-time with whoever we want at the time we choose.

If you need to organize your projects, take a look at:

If you need to schedule meetings, here’s what you need:

If you struggle with getting things done, block social media and news site using:

Learn how to take screenshots of desktop and add notes to them.

Learn how to record your screen and edit the video – perfect for creating simple tutorials and explaining yourself through video. Apps like Camtasia and Screenflow will help you with this.

If you’re looking for Video Conference solutions, these are some of the apps I’ve used:

7. Take breaks – longer than usual

Working from home could become cumbersome for some people.

Most of the time, you’ll be by yourself and you’ll get bored of having nearly zero human interaction – besides the time you spend with your family and clients.

After a while, you’ll find yourself daydreaming and having to choose between working or hopping into your bed to take a nap.

Or maybe you’ll turn to the refrigerator every 5 minutes trying to find something new to eat – which I bet you won’t, because food doesn’t magically appear inside your refrigerator.

So I advise you to take longer breaks than usual.

Take your time to enjoy your home-cooked food.

Take your time to meditate.

Take your time to digest any new information you’re reading.

Take longer breaks.

And use the extra energy to put in the work.

Let me know which tip you liked the most and feel free to share this article with someone you think might need it.

How to cut your writing time in half

Today, I’ll give you access to one of the emails I sent to my newsletter. I don’t usually publish my emails, but this one seemed to be loved by many of my subscribers.

Have you ever wondered how to write your blogpost, ebooks, reports, sales pitches, and about anything you want to in half the time?

Here’s everything you need to know to make this happen.

Enjoy.

Here’s the deal, email marketing is one of the most powerful tools to make money online.

See, the reality is that, email has become the number one way to have direct access to people’s brain and souls. You can truly build a special bond with your subscribers.

There’s no other tool that, with a couple of clicks and edgy words, can help you make so much money.

Ok… ok… ok… we have Facebook Ads and Google Ads.

But that cr*p cost a lot of money, and not everyone wishes to learn how to create ads or pay for it.

Having an email list is nearly free.

I say nearly because the full cost is the money you pay for the email marketing software and the time you invest in writing the email.

So, without further ado, how do you write an email in half the time?

Talk about ONE topic alone.

Stop trying to cram a lot of stuff into one email. Most people’s attention span is low, so the fewer subjects you write about, the better. This also helps you, as is simpler to write about ONE single idea.

Sit down and write.

Forget about opening other Chrome tabs, and having music in the background… only write. No music, no tabs, no wasting time. Focus!

Time yourself.

I recorded myself writing this email. Meaning, I’m trying to write the email against the clock. My goal is to write it under 20 minutes, but I’m sure I’ll be able to write in less time. Here’s a challenge for you: open your smartphone’s timer and add 20 minutes to it. Press start and write.

Write about the things you know.

There’s no need to try to impress your subscribers with fancy ideas. Stick to what you know, as it’s easier to write about stuff that doesn’t take too much mental effort (because you already know the topic).

Forget about grammar and logical sequence.

You achieve “perfection” during the editing phase. Stop worrying about grammar and write.

Edit. Edit. Edit.

You create masterpieces during the editing phase. Only edit after you’re done writing.

When you run out of ideas, write everything that comes into your mind.

Yup… I ran out of ideas, so I wrote this tip (hahaha).

And that’s all you need to know about writing an email (or anything) in record time.

Watch the full video here.

 

 

Love y’all.

Until next time.

Tu amigo,
– Jose Rosado

If you have a 9-to-5 job, taking massive action is dumb. Here’s what you should do instead.

Everyone is telling you to take massive action.

“Taking massive action is the key to success.”

“Taking massive action is the number way to succeed.”

Look, screw taking massive action. Because, if you have a 9-to-5 job, you can’t easily take massive action as you’ve already sold your time to someone else.

So, what can you do instead?

Enter Consistent Action

Small actions add up.

Imagine doing something every day for the next month. What do you think will happen?

The worst case scenario is that you get better. The best case scenario is that you achieve your goals faster than what you were expecting.

Unfortunately, you were never taught how to be consistent on your own accord.

See, most parents force their children into action by threatening their kids with some form of punishment. Most teachers use the “do this or you’ll get an F” as a way to force their student into action. Most bosses threaten their employees with “get it done or you’re fired”. So it becomes awfully hard for people to take action without being threatened or strong-armed into it.

So I’m here to shine the light on how to take Consistent Action.

Here’s my approach to it.

(Caveat: this is not for everyone. What works for me may or may to work for you. Try things out, and stick to that which works for you).

The Three Daily Tasks You Must Always (And I Mean Always) Complete

Choose 3 tasks that you must complete daily that will help you reach your goals. This is NON-NEGOTIABLE. They must always be completed, even you don’t feel like it.

These tasks must be small in scope, easy to accomplish, and repeatable.

By completing these tasks, you’ll be one step closer to that which your heart desires.

Now, how do you know which tasks to choose?

Here are the 4 characteristics you need to take into consideration to select your 3 Daily Tasks:

  1. They must be repeatable.
  2. They must lead to profits sooner rather than later.
  3. They must not take more than 1 hour of work each.
  4. They can only be done by you (if you can, delegate everything else)

Let me give you an example.

At the moment of this writing, my 3 daily tasks are:

One – Write my daily email for my newsletter (30 minutes)

Two – Write my social media post (30 minutes)

Three – Find new clients or pitch new services to my current ones (30-60 minutes)

What to do after you’ve completed these tasks?

Rest.

Or, better yet, do other productive stuff.

In my case, I usually do some freelancing work, record videos for an Online Business School I have, or develop more products to sell.

But the reality is that after I complete these tasks, I can take the day off without feeling guilty.

“Hey… remember that I have a 9-to-5 job. This seems rather difficult to achieve?”

FACT: You already sold eight of your productive hours to your employer. This means that you will not have enough time to do other stuff.

You have around 10 productive hours available per day.

Here’s the math: 8hr of sleep + 2 hrs to eat (breakfast, lunch, dinner, cheat meals) + 2 hrs for family/friends + 2 hrs of commute. This adds up to 14hrs that you can’t use to make money or achieve your goals.

Meaning, you have 10 hours left to do what you want. Thing is that you have a 9-to-5 job, so in reality, you only have around 2 hours left to work on achieving your dreams.

Therefore, here’s the workaround you need.

– Choose the Three Task that you can perform every day, but make them smaller in scope.

So my proposal to you is: stop thinking you can take massive action because you can’t (you don’t have enough time in the day, as you still need to pay attention to other areas of your life).

It’s better and smarter to take smaller, consistent action.

Slow and steady every day will always be better than working long hours during weekends.

3 Formulas for eternal content creation (and two extra tips)

Have you ever wondered how some people create so much content and never seem to run out of ideas?

I too used to wonder that.

For years, I wanted to showcase my ideas… ideas that I believed would help others level up their lives. Ideas that, with time, would rise in value and turn into a profitable investment.

But, I procrastinated.

I avoided hitting the public button because I thought that I needed to be 100% original with everything I created. I thought that everything had to be NEW. I thought that originality was about promoting ideas that no one had ever thought about before.

Luckily, I realized that Originality is not only about giving birth to new ideas, new ways of being or new thoughts. It’s also about merging old ideas with new ones, telling my story, talking about my struggles, offering a solution to problems I know how to solve, and teaching others how to achieve personal freedom.

I also noticed that many people also struggle with creating content for the same reason I was. They’re stuck in the old thinking that their ideas should always be new, and 100% original.

These people are stranded in what I call the Originality Vortex. The Originality Vortex is a place of despair and massive stress where content creators dwell on their incapability of originating NEW, original content.

I’ve been there. And, if you’re reading this, I’ll assume you’ve also been stuck inside of it.

So, let me show the formulas I use for content creation.

These formulas helped me escape the Originality Vortex. Hopefully, they’ll help you to escape the vortex too.

Formula #1: Problem – Solution

Talk about your past struggles and how you solved them.

Write down:

  • the exact steps you took to overcome your challenges
  • your thought process
  • the hardships you experienced
  • the solutions you found
  • the things that didn’t pan out
  • and the results you got.

Yeah, I know… there’s “nothing original” about this.

But hear me out, the goal of this content is to teach people how to solve a particular issue by following the same steps you took.

The original part of this piece of content is showing off how YOU solved it. See, you’re an expert on living your life. And only you can tell your story. By telling your story, you’ll help others find the motivation they needed to overcome their struggles.

Formula #2: Using Stories As The Path To Teaching

You can manufacture originality by linking your experiences with old knowledge or new market trends.

Now, how do you actually do this?

First, think about something that really impressed you.

Then, write the story about your experience with that something.

Finally, provide value by teaching people how they can provoke these kinds of emotions on other people

To abstract? Here’s an example.

I remember when I bought my first iPhone. I bought it from a friend of my wife. It was not new, yet it felt new.

The silky feeling of sliding my fingers thru its glossy screen, the fast response of the software after each of the taps I made on it, and the colossal upgrade from a Blackberry to the iPhone made having this exquisite piece of human achievement for the first time in my hands a wonderful experience – even though the phone was not new.

Apple figured out that the user experience was a critical component of a successful product. And they exploited the hell out of this. From the unboxing experience to the sound the phone makes, and all the way to the ease-of-use of its software makes this product a fantastic study case for brand management and effective user experience.

So, how can you develop a great user experience that will turn your customers into forever fans? Let’s dissect Apple’s approach…

[Annnnnd, here’s where you start laying out your reasons and ideas]

Hopefully, you can see how powerful this formula is.

I started with a story about myself. This story then paved the way to the value part of the content (the how-to).

This is a simple, yet effective formula. You can never overuse it.

Formula #3: Merging The Old With The New

Disney has made millions using this formula.

They’ve remade several of their most acclaimed motion pictures.

Disney effectively weaponized nostalgia.

See, using nostalgia is a great marketing tool (Old-school actually never grows old).

Most people miss the old days. Not because they miss being young, but for all the beautiful experiences they lived back in the days.

By merging the old with the new, you can effectively appeal to the nostalgia center of your readers’ brains.

Imagine for a while that you’re a fitness coach. How would you use this formula to create content?

Well, talk about the golden era of bodybuilding.

Example: Top bodybuilding tricks used by 70’s bodybuilders that will massively increase your strength.

Another example: The untold secrets to building muscles used by Golden Era Bodybuilders.

One final example: Gwow your biceps by 6 inches in 6 months using these Golden Era Bodybuilding exercises.

The real trick to this formula is finding a way to transition your story to either an offer or a teaching opportunity (but that’s outside the scope of this article).

The Formula Of All Formulas: The Content Creation Topics Trifecta

Most people want to achieve personal freedom.

This freedom is different from person to person. But, at the end of the day, freedom is about having:

* Better Health
* More Wealth
* Better Relationships

Your role as a content creator is finding multiple ways to appeal to any of the topics I listed above.

People don’t read you because they like you or because they want to be you. Nope.

People read your stuff because of how you make them feel.

By linking your content to health, wealth and/or relationships you enhance the relatability and emotional weight of your content.

One More Thing

If none of the above worked, do this:

1. Write all the stupid things that come to your mind.

2. Then edit: fix grammar, beautify the content with appealing synonyms, move sentences around, add, remove, rewrite.

That’s all you have to do.