Working from home has many advantages, but it can sometimes be challenging. Keeping focus in an environment where you used to do other things can be difficult, especially if you live with your family.
At some point, we all dream about working from home. And with the current situation, a lot of us actually managed to do it. It is good at first, but after a while, you might find it hard to keep up your productivity level or to stay focused. It’s normal. We need to adapt to a new and unexpected work environment and sometimes it is not as simple as it sounds.
Here are some tips that will help you avoid distractions:
1- Create a workspace
Ideally, the best option is to use a spare room to set up your office space. If this is not an option for you, try to find a quiet area of your house that you can use for hours.
2- Create a daily to-do list
Set your priorities. Without a boss around, it is up to you to organize your work. Create a daily to-do list to stay on track and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
There are many apps you can use that will help you get organized, like TeuxDeux, Remember The Milk or Do It Tomorrow.
3- Stay on task
Set designated times throughout the day to check your email and use your phone. It doesn’t matter if you check it every 30 or 40 minutes, the idea is to have some solid and uninterrupted work time.
4- Keep a calendar
To-do lists are helpful for everyday tasks, but stay focused by keeping an impeccable calendar. This way, you will be able to organize everything you need to do and clear headspace. You can use the calendar on your smartphone or download apps like WorkTime (for iOS) or My Work Schedule (for Android).