Working from home can have many advantages, but there are also drawbacks including the possibility for endless distractions. So how do you stay focused while working from home? We have some ideas!
Here are 5 things that will help you focus when you’re working from home:
1. A Dedicated Work Space
Not only can having a dedicated work space put you in the right frame of mind and keep all of your tools together where you need them, but it can keep you focused by eliminating distractions. Make sure your work space is away from your TV and keep your desk away from the window if you tend to take a peek outside too often.
If you’re lucky, your work space will also have a few walls and a door that you can close, but if not, we have a few other ways to keep focused.
Whether you have a room to yourself or not, noise can still be a distraction that can keep you from work. Block it all out with earplugs (may we suggest Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs) or noise-cancelling/reducing earphones (perhaps Sony MDR-ZX100 Studio Monitor Stereo Headphones).
3. A Timer
When you know you only have a certain amount of time to get your work done it can force you to concentrate on what’s in front of you to make sure you’re done when you need to be.
To make sure that happens, get yourself a timer or set one up on your phone (there are plenty of apps available if your phone doesn’t already have one along with its clock app). Have an alarm go off when time runs out so that you know you either need to speed things up or move on to whatever is next on your to-do list.
If you can’t trust yourself to keep on task, then it can help to team up with a buddy or team. Being accountable to someone else when it comes to how you’re spending your time can motivate you to succeed to avoid disappointing them or having to admit to someone else that you failed.
Before you get to work, check in with your team/buddy to let them know what you intend to get done each day and then be sure to let them know how you did and they can do the same.
5. Turn Off Your Devices
Who isn’t distracted by texts and emails and other alerts that pop up on the phone? The only way to completely put them out of mind is to turn off your phone and any other device that might pull your attention away from your work.
If you need to, put your devices away in a drawer or leave them in another room to remove the temptation and distraction.
Do you have any tips for keeping focused while working from home? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!