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Staying Focused While You Work at Home

Are you one of the millions of workers who now has to work at home? When you work at home, instead of the office, you are trading one set of distractions for another. On top of that, you’re in charge of supervising you

It all comes down to this. How can you stay focused when your kids are bored, and Netflix just added your favorite show?

Working Remotely

Working remotely has lots of advantages. It gives you greater flexibility, reduces your wardrobe choices and eliminates commuting and the expenses and aggravation associated with it. However, in order to get your work done, it’s important to create a system that keeps you focused and productive.

The way to succeed while you work at home is to develop your own structure and motivation. Here are some ideas you can use for dealing with internal and external distractions when working remotely.

What to Do with Internal Distractions:

1.    Focus on the positive.

When you work at home, you have to build your own morale. Focus on the things you like about your job. Appreciate the opportunity for doing meaningful work that stretches your skills while helping others.

2.    Set goals.

This one is so important because, without goals, you are much more likely to drift off on a Netflix binge. Instead, give yourself specific targets to strive for. Write down what you want to accomplish each day and over the long run.

3.    Make a “to-Do’ list

Write down the tasks you need to accomplish in a notebook or use the notepad on your phone or a free app. Calculate the time needed and then block out a realistic time for each task.

4.    Schedule your day the night before.

It’s vitally important that you figure out your priorities and the hours when you’re most effective. Sometime before you go to bed, create your schedule for the next day. This allows you to focus most of your resources to the activities that create real value to you and your company.

5.    Designate a workspace.

Carve out an area that is exclusive for work. This will help you keep your mind focused on your job. This area can be a spare room or a corner in your studio apartment.

6.    Reduce discomfort.

You won’t do your best work if you’re not comfortable. Pay attention to your ergonomics, especially if you’re working at home full-time. If you can, have your employer help cover the costs of ergonomic furniture. Also, ask your employer if they’ll help cover the costs for equipment like headphones to reduce straining your neck during phone calls.

7.    Take a break every hour and move around.

Sitting for hours at a time is bad for your health and your productivity. Instead, get up from your desk and walk around for a few minutes every hour. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and ready to go.

Make sure that you take the time to pause and relax before you feel fatigued. You can also use some of your break time to stretch or jump rope. Once or twice a day, go for a walk or do yoga during your lunch hour.

What to Do with External Distractions:

1.    Ask for support.

Let your boss, coworkers, family, and friends know when you need help. When you see them struggling be sure to volunteer to return the favor

2.    Arrange childcare.

We all know that finding someone reliable to watch your kids has become more difficult for many parents and for many different reasons. Ask families in your area what they are doing to learn about options near you. You can also ask your employer about taking leave if necessary.

3.    Set boundaries.

Give your schedule to others. This let’s them know the hours you’re available for collaboration and when you need to work without interruptions. Easy fixes are shutting your door and turning down the volume down on your phone when you need to work on tasks that require concentration.

4.    Plan interactions with others.

We humans are social animals. Socializing is a valuable part of your workday and is essential for your mental health. Experiment with different ways to socialize. For example, you can participate in virtual happy hours or stick around to chat before and after video meetings.

5.    Listen to music.

Listen to music that helps you focus or that provides a pick-me-up in the afternoon. You can create a variety of playlists that mask background noise or stimulate creative thinking.

6.    Eat a healthy diet.

When you work at home, your kitchen can be a distraction. Instead of continuously snacking on junk food, plan your daily meals in advance around nutritious foods and healthy snacks. It’s a lot easier to turn down junk food when you have a plan and already feel full.

7.    Limit media exposure.

YouTube, Facebook and streaming videos can end up consuming much of your day when you work at home. A great strategy is to eliminate these temptations in advance. You can turn off notifications or set time limits on sites where you tend to linger too long.

You Can Work at Home Productively! 

Working at home has been a growing trend and, according to experts, will continue to expand even after the pandemic is long gone. By developing your communication and organizational skill, you can excel and work at home both enjoyably and productively. . By adopting a few of these ideas, you too can be a high performer whether you’re sitting in a cubicle or with your laptop on your patio.