5 Things To Stop You Being Distracted When Working From Home
Working from home can be a blessing or a curse – if you are not entirely prepared for it, or you have different expectations, you can either be surprised or disappointed.
For some people, the idea of working from home is nothing but spending an entire day in pyjamas and watching Netflix while answering a few mails. Sorry to break it to you, but that’s not how remote working always goes. In the beginning, you can indeed be happy to work in your onesie and eat breakfast at 2pm, however, you will soon discover that that’s not quite sustainable in the long term!
Remote working can help you make the most of your hidden productivity, but can also be easily distracting and result in lower performance.
What are some tips and tricks for staying away from distraction when working from home?
Set simple rules
Set clear rules for working from home. Start from setting your alarm clock at the same time each day – at the same or a similar time as you would wake up if you would be going to the office. Define your working hours and schedule some breaks for coffee, lunch or just rest along the way. Divide your tasks into smaller parts. Use tools to help you stay on track. No cheating – it is for your own good!
Use smart hacks
Working from home encourages you to apply a few small rules to your working day. You don’t need to use all of them, but if you are looking at increasing your productivity and decreasing distraction, following a set of hacks can be really beneficial.
- If a particular task takes less than 2 minutes, do it right here, right now.
- Check your emails every 3-4 hours. If you do it more frequently, you are more likely to be distracted by the constant flow of messages.
- Recognise tasks that are of high priority – no more than three a day, and tag them. It is totally fine if you can’t complete all tasks at the same time.
- If you are not sure of your productivity, time tracking apps can be of help to you. They can show you how much time you spend on each task, and help you optimise your working hours.
Prepare your workplace
No matter if you are going to work on a sofa, a desk or your kitchen table – you need to prepare it in order to get rid of possible distractions.
The most efficient way would be to create a small corner where you can work: this helps with staying focused and being away from surrounding distractions. However, not everyone has the chance of having a square metre of working space. Be sure that your workstation has enough light (natural light is preferred) and that you declutter it before you start working. Having too many things on your desk or in your sight can make you extremely distracted.
Put pleasure aside
Working with some TV in the background can be tempting, but can also destroy your productivity. Be sure that you stay away from any distractions like the sudden willingness for cooking, or meeting friends in the middle of the day for some fancy brunch – every single day. Remote working gives you some possibilities for creating a more flexible agenda, but you should know your limits. The sooner you finish work, the sooner you can do other things, right?
Take a look at technology
Can technology be distracting? Sure it can – if it doesn’t meet your requirements or if it’s too tempting to keep looking at it…
Be sure that your electronic device can handle tasks you are going to complete. Is your computer quicker than your phone for graphic designs? Is your phone useful to time keeping? Knowing when to use technology and when not to is the first step to increasing productivity and decreasing distractions.
On the other hand, technology can be really distracting because it’s one button push away from scrolling through Facebook or watching a YouTube video. Even looking on social media “just for a minute” could cost you hours of productivity, and worse you could miss deadlines!
Working from home is no longer a luxury as it becomes more acceptable across many industries and there are so many benefits in doing so. Just remember to set some good home working rules and boundaries, and start rocking your tasks like a pro.
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