5 Things to Help You Focus When Working From Home


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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.

Sony MDR-ZX100 Studio Monitor Stereo Headphones2. Block Out the Noise

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.

work with a buddy to keep on schedule4. Working Buddy

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!

* Office image source: Jeremy Levine, Jeremy Levine Design (Flickr). Workers graphic by DaVinciS.


0 thoughts on “5 Things to Help You Focus When Working From Home

  • Peter

    All good ideas, although personally I like to have (appropriate) music blasting all day long. I find working in silence to be too stressful sometimes. Plus, since I don’t have to share my workspace, I can listen to whatever I want. :)

  • Desirée Ossandon Post author

    I like to listen to music too! But I often do have to share my work space (at least for now) so I pop on my earphones and blast it :)

    Is there anything in particular you like to listen to while working? Certain bands? Songs? Types of music?

  • Pearl

    good ideas.

    a crockpot. for long editing blocks, a few meals premade to prevent snacks and sugar crashes or time chopped up.

    two work stations, one seated, one standing so the back stays happy.

  • Anita

    Hah! I love Nine Inch Nails when I’m doing graphics work, or anything for which I need hard driving music. However, for editing it HAS to be baroque! (I think this book I’m working on should come with my playlist haha)