Kitchen counter not the best work area.

 

 

If you can, alternate time caring for kids

Avoiding Distractions Working from Home

Here are some tips to help you be more focused and less distracted as you work from home.

  1. Have a separate work space.  Working from your couch or bed may sound great, but in reality, it will negatively impact your productivity. The brain tends to associate certain spaces with certain tasks, just as you automatically feel like working out when you’re at the gym, or you feel relaxed and at ease in your living room.
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  3. Keep your work area and living areas physically separate. This will help your brain associate the office area with work and productivity.
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  5. Maintain office hours. Working for a fixed period of time every day helps give your day routine and structure. You automatically shift into “work mode” when you’re within your “office hours”.

     

    • Besides improving productivity, fixed office hours help your work-life balance. Being able to switch off after your office hours will help you relax. This also means that you get time to spend with your family or pursuing a hobby.
    • Figure out the best way to track time in your home office. For some people a clock on the wall is enough, others prefer timers or use alarms on their phones. Whatever method you choose, it should help you stay focused, as well as make time for resting.
  6. Come to an agreement with family members. If your family members aren’t used to you working at home, ask them not to disturb you. You can put some sign on your door to let them know when you’re on an important task or call.
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    • Also, avoid working in family areas to minimize distractions.
    • If your spouse or partner also works from home, alternate care for kids, elders and pets with them. If each of you creates a home office for the first time, it might be a good idea to inform your clients and/or colleagues that you need some time to balance family and work time and get used to new conditions.
    • Make the most of your kids’ naps. That’s an hour or two of uninterrupted focus for you. Schedule calls or tasks that require your full attention while your children are napping.
    • Sometimes children can’t help stopping by your working space. In this case, ask them to help you with some easy tasks.
  8. Use separate computers for work and personal use:
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    • You can claim your work computer as a business expense in your taxes
    • You can eliminate distracting apps and software from the work computer. It’s hard to get work done when you’re using the same computer for creating spreadsheets as you do for playing video games or watching Netflix.
    • This is the same principle as separating work and office areas. Your brain associates your work computer with “work”, improving productivity. The lack of distracting software and documents helps as well.