Staying focused and avoiding distractions when you work from home is not always easy. What most people thinking about remote working, many imagine waking up late and lounging around their pajamas.“But what people need to realize is that even though working from home offers a great amount of flexibility, it is still a professional job and it needs to be treated as such,” says Holly Reisem Hanna, the founder of The Work at Home Woman.
“Individuals need to learn the best work at home practices, like setting office hours, having a dedicated office space, avoiding home-bound distractions, and actually dressing as if you were going to an office,” she says. “This will help keep your mindset sharp and focused.”
Down you’ll see some of our tips to work from home properly.
Why Work at Home?
People work from home for different reasons, these days is because of Covid-19, but some of the most common reasons people enjoy remotely working are to have more flexibility, better work-life balance, and to increase independence and productivity.
Set Up a Dedicated Workspace.
Not everyone has space or a home office but it’s important to have a private, quiet space for your work.
Get the Internet you Need
If you have kids and use 1-2 phones, one tablet, and one PlayStation, they may slow your internet or connection. Moving as close as you can to your Wi-Fi router can help, or you can consider switching to Ethernet.
Obviously, there are a lot of distractions when you work from home, if you have a barking dog or an annoying neighbor, consider investing in noise-canceling headphones such as Apple’s AirPod Pros. There are more factors that can distract you from work such as kids, other members of the family, cell phone, or emails.
When your kids or spouse are at home while you are trying to work you need to talk with them about giving you the space and time you need. The habit of checking your phone is very much like that of checking your email, if it’s necessary set a timer to spend only 20/25 minutes responding to emails and checking your phone. The rest of the time ignore these so you can concentrate on more important tasks.
Set Your Schedule
Structure your day like you would in the office. Make sure to create a time slot for each of the day’s activities, a work schedule that you rarely deviate from.
Don’t Stay at Home
Coffee shops (such as Starbucks has a good internet connection), libraries, public lounges can help you simulate the energy of an office so you can stay productive.
But the most important thing is to plan a few breaks in your day as well as a regular mealtime away from work, this will help you stay focused and keep the energy at the highest level.
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