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3 scheduling strategies for people who take surveys for money at home
Working from home in general can be a point of contention for young adults and seasoned workers alike. Lapses in productivity and difficulty focusing can be cause for concern, but there are some easy fixes that can help anyone who is paid to take surveys at home.
If you're just getting started, use some of these tips to answer more questions and earn extra money online.
1. Set your goal first
For the typical manager, there are dozens of tasks that need completing every day. Oftentimes, the best solution is to create a to-do list and cross off items one at a time.
This presents a problem for online survey-takers sometimes. When the only item on your to-do list is to complete more surveys, what's the best way to tackle the work? First, it helps to figure out how many surveys you can complete within a given time span. Don't focus on cranking out the most answers right away. Work at an average working pace and time your progress.
Once you get an idea for your average survey-taking speed, set a daily goal that's a little more optimistic. Better yet, look at the bigger picture and plan when you want to cash out and turn your Opinion Outpost points into online rewards or cash.
2. Plan breaks and mini goalposts
Of course, few workers benefit from sitting at the keyboard and pounding toward a daily goal constantly throughout the day. You need regular breaks to stay as productive as possible, according to The New York Times. Studies have shown that regular breaks can boost the amount you produce, improve creativity and decrease stress and exhaustion. Even better, online surveys may be designed perfectly for regular breaks, as it often takes just a few minutes to complete a questionnaire.
James A. Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, told the Times that working in 15-minute segments surrounded by breaks is a great cycle to repeat throughout a work day because, "the thought process is not designed to be continuous."
"Long hours don't mean good work - highly efficient, productive work is more valuable," Levine told the news source, adding that frequent breaks help achieve that workflow.
Also, make sure you carve out specific times to take longer breaks for lunch or to run errands. This can also help break up the monotony of a long work day and help you become more productive when you get back to your paid online surveys.
3. Get your social fix during breaks
Saving your social time and networking for breaks is also a great way to stay productive. Especially if you live with someone who can become a distraction, it is best to plan your interactions around your breaks.
You can take this a step further by planning your social media and networking activities around your breaks as well. Not only may this minimize your Web surfing during work time, but it can also make your breaks more productive if you network with other professionals during the off-time.
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