Hey guys! Welcome back. I hope you are doing well. I have been working home for a total of four months now, which isn’t a really long time, but it is long enough for me to know that it’s really easy to get distracted. There are so many distractions all around and it can be really difficult to avoid them at times. So today I wanted to share some of my favorite tips for minimizing distractions that might lead to being less productive than you want to be.
Fight the urge to multitask.
Multitasking is not your friend in any situation. Sure, you might feel like you are being super productive and you are getting a lot done, but really you’re just taking longer to actually get anything done. So focus on just one thing at a time. Focus on knowing exactly what you need to get done first and the just do it. Spend time on one thing at a time because if you are jumping from one thing to another you are already distracted.
Play background music.
I have found that having music playing in the background is a really great way to keep me relaxed and focused. It’s less quiet in the room when I’m working, but it’s nothing that is distracting. It’s just a little something that provides some entertainment so I don’t get terribly bored while I’m working. Having some music in the background is something that I pretty much have going all the time no matter what I’m doing.
Break up your work.
If you have the ability to break up your work tasks in chunks and plan your breaks around those times, I highly recommend trying it. Take your breaks between tasks so you aren’t breaking your focus in the middle of something and thus losing your momentum. Keep going until you finish something and then take your break. Of course if you really need a break though take one when you have the chance.
Stick to a routine.
One of the things about working from home that can make work a little more challenging is that you are just always at home. It’s a lot easier to lose that structure and accountability when you can sleep until ten minutes before you have to work and don’t technically have to change out of your pajamas. But you should. Because if you do, I promise it’s a game changer. You will feel much more prepared to take on the day if you start it right.
Put your phone on do not disturb.
It can be really tempting to look at your phone all the time. It can be tempting to sit and “take a break”. And breaks are fine as long as they don’t take up your entire day. I highly recommend putting your phone on do not disturb. It’s going to silence all the notifications, limit the calls you are getting (or eliminating them altogether) so you can truly focus on your work and getting done everything that you need to get accomplished.
Plan your meals ahead of time.
Don’t spend half of your lunch break trying to figure out what you are going to eat, when you are going to eat, and how much time you have to eat. Plan your meals out ahead of time. It’s going to save you so much time and you are going to have a lot more time to actually enjoy your meals if you aren’t stressed about all the details. And if you can prep anything ahead of time as well, then I really recommend that.
And those are my tips for minimizing distractions if you work from home. It can be challenging for sure, but hopefully these help you. Thank you so much for stopping by! I really hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Let us know in the comments if you have any tips for minimizing distractions while working from home. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!