As much as we love working from home, it can sometimes be hard to shield yourself from the distractions of being home. It takes real focus in order to get any real work done.
Here are some tips to help make it easier:
Carve Out a Work Space –
Sometimes you won’t be able to designate an entire room to be your home office, but at least find a way that you can partition off your work area. A door will make it much easier to close off the area from distractions.
Consider Day Care –
I know… being home with your kids is why you’re in your own business. But consider just sending them for a couple of hours a day so you can get the bulk of your work done while they’re gone. Then when they come home, you’ll be more able to focus on them and their needs.
Save the Chores for After Hours –
When you’re at your desk, you’re working. Clothes washing and other household chores should be saved for after you’re done working.
Have an Honest Conversation With Your Family –
The only way you will succeed in working from home is if you have the support of your family. This means explaining to your children that you can’t play with them during your work time. Tell your spouse that you won’t be able to make any runs to the store during this time either. Reach agreements as to what is expected all the way around.
Go for a Walk –
All distractions aside, there are also plenty of perks of working from home. When you can’t sit still or have a creative block, take a walk around the block to clear your head. You’ll find that when you get back to your office, you’ll find your creative juices flowing again.
Work When it Makes Sense –
Working at home means you don’t need to stick to that 9-to-5 mentality. Plan your work during the times that make sense for you. This means you can do your work while your children are napping or after they go to bed. Chunk your work into small blocks of time that fit around your schedule.
The key here though is to calendar your time and make the commitment to stick to those time blocks. It’s also easy to skip those small time slots, so be committed.
Be Done When You’re Done –
Having a home office can be dangerous in that you tend to want to work all the time. Be prepared to shut the door when you’re done for the day and not allow yourself to go back.
Focus on whatever else you need to do with your day such as time with family, or the laundry and leave work for tomorrow.
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By Lynn Huber
p.s. Be sure to reward yourself for being able to keep away from distractions and for staying focused. Not everyone can do it, so when you do, reward yourself for it!
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