5 tips on how to avoid distractions when working from home

In today’s business world, more and more people have started working from home… whether it’s one day a week, a couple days a week, or full-time. While working from home has been known to have many benefits (more flexibility, higher productivity, no commute, etc), one drawback that some people may find is that working from home could potentially come with some distractions – children, pets, television, household chores, etc. The key to being able to successfully work from home is to minimize these distractions to maintain high productivity. Here are 5 tips from workawesome.com on how to eliminate distractions and be productive when working from home:

  • Have a dedicated workspace. Whether it’s an entire room dedicated as your “home office” or just a corner in your bedroom with a desk and computer… you should have a space that’s entirely dedicated to your work and your business-related items. This will keep you organized as well as provide you with a private/quiet location to get away from distractions and also if you need to make business related phone calls.
  • Make a schedule and stick to it. Just like when you’re in the office – you usually get to work around the same time, eat lunch around the same time, and end the day at about the same time. Creating a schedule that works for YOU while you’re working from home will help keep your work tasks on track.
  • Let friends/family know your work schedule to minimize outside disruptions. Even though you are AT home, you are making your best effort to conduct a normal work day. Just as a friend probably wouldn’t call you on your office phone to talk for an hour, if they know you’re working from home they would most likely show the same respect.
  • Plan your day the night before. After you’ve completed your work day, reflect back on tasks you were unable to complete and make them a priority for the next day. Make a to-do list of anything you need to get accomplished the following day to keep you on track.
  • Clear your head. Take short breaks from time to time and step away from your home office. Just as if you were at work you might go chat with a coworker for a few minutes, take a lunch break, grab a snack from the vending machine, go outside and get some fresh air – you should take occasional breaks like this when you are working from home to keep a clear head.

Do you work from home at all? Do you have any tips for avoiding distractions while you’re working? Comment below! 

 

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