On the surface, working from home seems like a dream! Stretchy pants, hanging out with your pets all day, no commute… Unfortunately, sometimes working from home on your small business can be incredibly distracting. It makes sense that working from home might make it hard to focus… All of your favorite things are there, and your bed is there too! However, especially in pandemic times, more and more jobs are shifting to remote setups. So, how do you keep your focus without totally depriving yourself?
→Stick to your plans
Use a calendar (whether on paper or digital), write in the calendar, plan your day, and stick to it. Definitely easier said than done, but it’s very worth it. When you can see your day all at once, it’s easier to keep ahead of your tasks and goals. Also, there’s something that makes a plan feel more tangible when you write it down.
→Schedule your social media breaks
I know that scheduling in time to scroll social media may sound a bit weird, but hear me out. Logging onto social media throughout the day interrupts your focus and takes up time you could be productively working. That doesn’t mean you can’t ever browse social media, it just means you have to make those breaks work for you. I suggest scheduling in social media just as you would any task on your calendar. By scheduling a set time to scroll, and sticking with just that set amount, you are able to switch back your focus 𝙩𝙤 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙠s without feeling like you’re missing out.
→Invest in noise-canceling headphones
Noise can’t bother you if you can’t hear it! When you find yourself needing a simple way to get “in the zone” on your tasks, consider trying out a pair of noise-canceling headphones. Old-fashioned earplugs will work as well. Anything that blocks out distractions and helps get your brainpower going will work.
→Organize your Workspace
When I say organize, I mean keep your workspace tidy AND keep everything you need within reach. This includes keeping things like supplies, water, and a snack at your desk. It’s much easier to stay focused when you don’t have to get up to get what you need. This allows you to task batch your work, another organizational idea that I’ve shared about HERE!
→Turn off obvious distractions
Whether it’s phone notifications, loud music, or the TV, it’s important to recognize what might distract you and preemptively solve it. If you need to move your phone to another room so that you can focus, go for it. When you avoid obvious distractions, you are able to keep your productive flow.
→Give yourself breaks as a reward
Brains love dopamine. When you give yourself a reward for accomplishing a task, your brain gets a dose of dopamine and you get a sense of satisfaction with a job well done. Being productive is all about hacking your life, so why not hack your brain by giving yourself little wins throughout the day.
→Avoid household chores during working hours
Keep your work self and your home self separate! You wouldn’t be folding that laundry if you were in an actual office, so don’t feel like you need to do it during the workday at home either. It can feel weird to be home all day and get “nothing done” around the house, but what you’re actually getting done is super impressive. Without household chores bothering you, it’s much easier to keep your productivity and creativity going.
These are just some of the ways that you can tweak your day-to-day life in order to feel more focused. I would love to hear if there are any that you think I missed? Share with me in the comments!