I’ve been working from home for almost three years now, and I’ve finally managed to find my groove. Working from home comes with its perks and plenty of drawbacks.
Working remotely requires a particular type of discipline. When no one is looking over your shoulder, it’s easy to go off track. Here are some tips on how to stay focused when working from home.
Our homes are filled with distractions. We may not have control over certain distractions, i.e., our beautiful children. But we do have control over our technical devices, for example. One minute you’re reading a message, and the next thing you’ve gone down the rabbit hole by watching a cooking video on Instagram. It happens. However, you can limit distractions by muting your WhatsApp messages, disabling unnecessary app notifications, or allocating time for social media.
Have a routine
I know, this is easier said than done, right? Especially if you have small kids. Do your best to stick to some kind of schedule so you can remain productive. Keep it simple by doing things like waking up and going to bed at the same time, include some form of exercise like walking and eat your lunch at the same time every day.
Set daily goals
If you want to stay on track, you will need to set daily goals. That is the only way I manage to get things done. Working remotely is tricky because you get to work at your own pace, which makes it easy to get into the habit of procrastinating. Try not to put off tasks for the following day, you may stress yourself out because you can easily push yourself tight against a deadline. And remember, we’re doing our best to avoid stress, especially now.
Automate whatever you can so you can free up time to focus on your daily tasks. Technology is a great admin assistant. Preschedule emails, social media posts and use different ringtones for different people, so you know when you don’t have to answer your phone.
You’re gonna think this is contradictory, but while it’s essential to get everything done, you must also remember to take breaks. Breaks have been proven to allow the brain to recharge in order to face the rest of the day. If you keep going even when you feel tired, you’re not letting your body rest, which will only lead to feeling even more tired.
Those are some of the strategies that can help you remain focused while you’re working from home. While it’s okay to cheat every now and again, it’s not okay to let that build up over time. What are some of your favourite ways to stay focused while working remotely? Let me know in the comments below.
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