1. Maintain regular working hours and stick to them.
2. Get a separate phone line, computer and printer that are only used for your business.
3. Keep your workspace separate from your living space. Ideally it should be visually and acoustically separate from the living quarters.
4. To gauge your progress maintain goals and to do lists. On Sunday night or Monday morning create a plan for the week. At the end of the week take time to reflect on your progress.
5. Find other independent workers or a personal coach to give you feedback on your ideas and progress.
6. If you are working with a team, have frequent telephone and email conversations with the members of the team. This helps to keep the project on track and allows team members to anticipate and prepare for problems.
7. Document your work and learn to do this in laser like language.
8. Request frequent feedback from clients and managers so that you are sure you are satisfying their expectations continually. Without daily contact it is hard to read people. Most people find it difficult to give negative feedback. At the end of a project they may accept it as is even though they are disappointed with the result. Ongoing feedback helps avoid this problem.
9. Have regular breaks during your day. Be creative in you way of relaxing. Meditation, a cup of coffee, a snack, a walk, are examples of ways to stop what you are doing to re-energize.
10. Set clear boundaries. Neighbors, friends, and family must know that your office is off bounds. Even though you are home every day you are working. Have a no interruption policy during working hours.
United front against rise of antisemitism is hindered by political tensions
Dozens of monarchs, presidents and prime ministers travelled to Jerusalem to remember the Holocaust on Thursday, and were given stark warnings not to ignore escalating antisemitism and violence against Jews in Europe and the United States.
Leaders congregated at the Yad Vashem remembrance centre on the western hills of Jerusalem for a three-hour event held by the fifth World Holocaust Forum. Organisers hoped the meeting would provide a united front against anti-Jewish hatred, including in countries run by many of the attendees.
Pastoral guidance also calls for Christians in gay or straight civil unions to be abstinent
The Church of England has stated that sex belongs only within heterosexual marriage, and that sex in gay or straight civil partnerships ‚Äúfalls short of God‚Äôs purpose for human beings‚ÄĚ.
Bishops have issued pastoral guidance in response to the recent introduction to mixed-sex civil partnerships, which says: ‚ÄúFor Christians, marriage ‚Äď that is, the lifelong union between a man and a woman, contracted with the making of vows ‚Äď remains the proper context for sexual activity.‚ÄĚ
Juan Guaid√≥ says country facing refugee crisis on a par with Syria as millions flee
Venezuela‚Äôs opposition leader, Juan Guaid√≥, has urged the world not to turn its back on his struggling country and the millions of people who have fled across its borders to escape poverty and political turbulence.
Addressing the World Economic Forum on Thursday, Guaid√≥ said the international community had a duty to help those suffering in Venezuela and those trying to leave.
Speakers and networks will miss out on security fixes and eventually stop working
Speaker company Sonos will cut off its most loyal customers from future software updates entirely unless they replace their old equipment for newer models, it has announced.
The policy is unusual even within the novelty-obsessed technology industry, for the scope of the impact: customers who have a range of Sonos products, including the Connect, Bridge and first-generation Play:5 speakers, will not only never be able to update those devices but will also be blocked from updating any newer device that is connected to them.
Quentin Tarantino says ‚Äėoriginal movies‚Äô are in a ‚Äėwar‚Äô with superhero and Star Wars franchises, echoing Martin Scorsese‚Äôs attack on Marvel films
Quentin Tarantino has joined Martin Scorsese in voicing discontent at the dominance of franchise and superhero films, suggesting there is a ‚Äúwar for movies‚ÄĚ taking place between ‚Äúoriginal‚ÄĚ film-making and blockbuster ‚Äúcommercial product‚ÄĚ.
Tarantino told the news site Deadline: ‚ÄúThe commercial product that is owned by the conglomerates, the projects everybody knows about and has in their DNA, whether it be the Marvel Comics, the Star Wars, Godzilla and James Bond, those films never had a better year than last year.‚ÄĚ
The Senakw development aims to ease the city‚Äôs chronic housing crisis ‚Äď and to challenge the mindset that indigeneity and urbanity are incompatible
The scrubby, vacant patch beneath the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver looks at first glance like a typical example of the type of derelict nook common to all cities: 11.7 acres of former railway lands, over which tens of thousands of people drive every day.
This is not any old swath of underused space, however. It‚Äôs one of Canada‚Äôs smallest First Nations reserves, where dozens of Squamish families once lived. The village was destroyed by provincial authorities more than a century ago.
Amazon have arrived in force in rapidly expanding Hyderabad, with designs on the currently almost non-existent Indian e-commence market
The futuristic lobby of the new Amazon building in Hyderabad feels as though it should have a permanent orchestra blasting out Also Sprach Zarathustra. The scale is intended to awe. A large slogan on a wall suggests the company is ‚ÄúDelivering smiles‚ÄĚ. The only sound that rises above the hush is a synthesised beep, coming from a giant screen playing a video of the campus at various stages of its construction.
Built on nine acres in this Indian city‚Äôs financial district, it is Amazon‚Äôs single largest building globally and the only Amazon-owned campus outside the US. It can house over 15,000 employees, but its size is its main architectural feature: it resembles the same cube of glass steel and chrome seen in corporate offices across Hyderabad, though a flash of magenta reflected in one of the top floor windows, from a billowing sari across the road, is a nice Indian touch.
Minibuses that run on Friday evenings and Saturdays buck state‚Äôs religious restrictions
Tel Aviv is one of Israel‚Äôs most dynamic cities, but the latest local craze could appear fairly humdrum to outsiders ‚Äď a bus service that runs at weekends.
Packed 19-seat minibuses fill up fast with passengers, who excitedly gossip about the new routes. People patiently queue at bus stops, knowing they might have to wait for two or three buses to pass before there is a space. Still, they are upbeat. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a pleasure,‚ÄĚ said Ben Uzan, a 30-year-old electronic engineer. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a blessed initiative.‚ÄĚ
The Garbage Cafe in Ambikapur, India, is helping to tackle the country‚Äôs plastic waste problem ‚Äď and their novel idea is catching on
On bad days, when his employer made some excuse for not paying him his paltry daily wage, Ram Yadav‚Äôs main meal used to be dry chapatis, with salt and raw onion for flavour. Sometimes he just went hungry. For a ragpicker like him, one of the thousands of Indians who make a living bringing in plastic waste for recycling, eating in a cafe or restaurant was the stuff of fairytales.
But last week, Yadav was sitting at a table at the Garbage Cafe in Ambikapur, in the state of Chhattisgarh, over a piping hot meal of dal, aloo gobi, poppadoms and rice. He earned the food in exchange for bringing in 1kg of plastic waste. ‚ÄúThe hot meal I get here lasts me all day. And it feels good to sit at a table like everyone else,‚ÄĚ he said.
Save a riotous airing on 1994‚Äôs Live at the Astoria, Pablo Honey‚Äôs closer rarely intrudes on Radiohead lore. A shame ‚Äď because it‚Äôs a tantalising finale: the sound of a nervous band storming the city limits and glimpsing Valhalla.
Margrethe Vestager says EU will also tax tech firms who ‚Äėcreate value but do not pay taxes‚Äô
The European Union‚Äôs leading tech regulator has thrown her weight behind the British government‚Äôs plans to press ahead with a digital tax despite threats from Donald Trump.
Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition commissioner recently promoted to take charge of Europe‚Äôs digital policy as well, said she was a a ‚Äústrong supporter‚ÄĚ of national digital taxes in order to advance the chances of an international agreement. She said the EU will revive plans for a digital tax within a year if international efforts to find a solution fail.
Isabel dos Santos issued the following statement on Thursday after being formally named as a suspect by the Angolan attorney general in connection with a criminal inquiry into embezzlement at the state oil company Sonangol.
The allegations which have been made against me over the last few days are extremely misleading and untrue.
We will seek to clarify our position in relation to the latest accusations.
Last week the auditor general delivered a scathing report on a government sports grants program. Since then there‚Äôs been allegations that millions of dollars were misused for political gain. Today on Full Story ‚Äď where did the money go? And who will be held accountable for the scandal?
Europol detains alleged members of group responsible for trafficking 10,000 migrants into Britain
Authorities in France and the Netherlands have arrested more than 20 suspected members of a people-smuggling gang responsible for transporting as many as 10,000 migrants from France into Britain, the European police agency has said.
The network is believed to have made about ‚ā¨70m (¬£59m) from its human trafficking operations, which used refrigerated lorries to smuggle Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi-Kurdish and Syrian migrants into the UK.
Leicester workers allegedly paid ¬£3 an hour in ‚Äėmiserable conditions‚Äô, with other serious labour abuses suspected in the north-west
Concerns over the ongoing situation of up to 10,000 garment workers in Leicester, who are feared to be trapped in conditions of modern slavery and paid ¬£3 an hour, have been raised in Parliament.
Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, raised a question on Tuesday about the continuing state of working conditions in factories supplying the UK‚Äôs booming fast fashion industry, and sought a meeting with business secretary Kelly Tolhurst for clarity over enforcement of the national minimum wage.
Exit permits to be scrapped, but requirement for domestic workers to give employers 72 hours‚Äô notice is ‚Äėproblematic‚Äô, say activists
Domestic workers in Qatar must give their employers advance notice before leaving the country, in a new policy that campaigners say raises concerns for those trapped in abusive situations.
As pressure mounts on Qatar to tackle labour exploitation ahead of the 2022 World Cup, it announced last week that it was abolishing restrictions on leaving the country for nearly all migrant workers, who previously had to obtain their employer‚Äôs permission.
Wellington has restricted foreign political donations but its lax approach to Beijing suggests economic interests still trump national security concerns
Transparency International announced yesterday that New Zealand is the least corrupt country in the world. This is excellent news, but New Zealand cannot afford to rest on its laurels.
Transparency International‚Äôs Corruption Perception Index assesses whether countries have a corrupt judiciary and public sector. Some other aspects where corruption can also occur, such as political funding, are not included in the index.
Ever more non-MńĀori are doing the haka ‚Äď but shouldn‚Äôt be unless its integrity is preserved
I wonder if any of the French lawyers protesting their government‚Äôs pension reform with a haka, the MńĀori dance form, have ever set foot in New Zealand?
For a good number of white people, including white New Zealanders, haka is apparently irresistible. ‚ÄúKa Mate‚ÄĚ, the NgńĀti Toa haka the All Blacks perform pre-match, delights global audiences every year. Contemporary teams take it dead seriously, but in the late-19th and early-20th century the mostly white team would turn to the British crowds, slapping their thighs and hanging their tongues out for ‚Äúentertainment‚ÄĚ.
Jeff Bezos was far from the only American VIP who met Saudi Arabia‚Äôs crown prince in the spring of 2018. During a coast-to-coast tour Mohammed bin Salman had personal encounters with dozens of celebrities, politicians and tech titans including George Bush, Richard Branson and Bill Gates.
Our nation has been in a biodiversity crisis for more than 100 years, but the climate crisis could push our at-risk animals to the brink
As world leaders debate how to curb emissions to shape a better tomorrow, for New Zealand‚Äôs iconic wildlife the reality is clear ‚Äď the environment they once thrived in has rapidly changed and species must adapt to survive.
New Zealand is home to species found nowhere else in the world ‚Äď a flightless parrot, a reptile as old as the dinosaurs, a bat that uses folded wings as ‚Äúlimbs‚ÄĚ to scramble around on the forest floor. The unique wildlife thrived on a landmass that was essentially a life-raft separated from predators such as rats and stoats for 80m years.
Authorities have shut down public transport and airports to prevent Wuhan's 11 million residents from leaving the city as they look to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Police have been seen patrolling railway stations and setting up roadblocks
Iguanas are falling from trees in south Florida as unusually low temperatures sweep through the region. The invasive species can become sluggish when the temperature drops below 50F (10C) and are susceptible to freezing once temperatures drop to around 40F (4.5C). Once frozen, these cold-blooded creatures lose their grip on the trees they call home. Residents have expressed shock at the sight of rigid reptiles lying motionless in the middle of sidewalks and backyards. But while they appear lifeless, they are simply too cold to move
Chuck Schumer, the US Senate minority leader, said Donald Trump‚Äôs defence team appeared 'unprepared, confused and unconvincing' during the first day of debate at the president‚Äôs impeachment trial on Tuesday.
All but one Republican voted against the amendments offered by Democrats, which was approved by the Senate on a party line vote in the early hours of Wednesday morning
Donald Trump's impeachment trial began in the US Senate, with Democrats pushing back against the rules set out by the Republican-held senate. Democrats accused Republicans of covering up for the president as their amendments to trial proceedings were voted down repeatedly
Scuffles have broken out between hundreds of Central American migrants and National Guard agents at the border between Guatemala and Mexico. The troops formed a barrier to stop the migrants from entering deeper into Mexico as they attempted to cross into the US
Donald Trump took centre stage at Davos to tout the success of the US economy on Tuesday. At the conference, in which the main theme is the environment and where the climate activist Greta Thunberg is a star guest, the US president spoke about the economic importance of oil and gas. Trump also said the US would join the 1 trillion tree initiative being launched at the World Economic Forum annual meeting, but called activists 'prophets of doom'