Working in general can be hard but working from home is a whole new ball game. You have distractions like a comfortable bed, endless television and personal errands to run. Working from home can be easy if you know how to prepare, and how to attack any hurdle that is thrown your way. Here are five ways to help you stay focused:
Have a set space: Having a special and separate location in your home for you to work is very important for helping you staying on task. Mixing your bed with your work space is an easy way to get distracted and unfocused. The key is to create a work space that is designed for work and only work. This will help your mind transition to work mode when it’s time to work.
Notify: When working from home you may have a roommate, child or spouse buzzing around you while you are trying to finish a project. When you sit down to work on a task it is best that you notify everyone in your household that you are working and what that means. Lay down some ground rules, like no interruptions unless it’s an emergency. It can be difficult for kids to understand that you are working from home, so create a ‘Mommy is working’ sign and hang it on the door. This will help your kids understand when it is okay to bug mom and when it is not.
Remove distractions: Distractions come in many shapes, sizes and forms. Anything from the newest Target catalog, the dog barking, your favorite TV show or Facebook. In your work space that you create, be sure that all distractions are out of sight and out of mind. To avoid the distractions online, do not even log on until you are done. It takes a lot of will power, but social media can wait!
Make a To Do List: Each morning you wake up, create a To Do list that has all of your work needs and personal needs that need to be done. Create a time schedule based on how long each will take and prioritize which needs to be done first. Allow for small breaks and overestimate on projects— it’s better to overestimate and have time left over than it is to rush and try to finish a project.
Time: Choose the right times for you to focus. If early mornings work best for you, then schedule to do your work then. Finding the best time for you will help you stay on task and focused. Work your personal life around your work schedule. Timing is everything!
Author Bio: Nancy Parker was a professional nanny and she loves to write about wide range of subjects, such as: health, parenting, child care, babysitting, nanny background check tips, etc. You can reach her at nancy.parker015[at]gmail.com.