Working from home has many advantages and some drawbacks. It’s challenging to ignore the distractions in your home and still be a productive employee.
You pets and kids need attention, the laundry needs to get done, and the phone won’t stop ringing, so you must find ways to stay focused and when it seems like everything is vying for your attention.
Here are 5 smart ways to work from home despite the distractions.
Use Noise Cancellation Headphones
The best way to reduce distractions at home is to use noise cancellation headphones. Noise cancellation headphones block out distractions so you’re more likely to stay focused on your work, leading to increased productivity in the long run.
Have a Designated Area for Work
You need a designated space to work in your home, and it can’t be your kitchen table or living room couch. Instead, set up an office-like environment with supplies and all your devices nearby.
Replicate your office environment by having all the required equipment. Looking up phone numbers or email addresses can frustrating, but you can easily do so with a great piece of content.
Your designated work area shouldn’t have any distractions such as televisions or phones so you can focus on the task at hand without being tempted by other things, like checking your email and social media feeds.
Get Help With the Kids
If you have children, you may feel guilty for not being there with them all day or that they’re more likely to interrupt you. But there are things you can do to make it work.
- Let your kids know that when you’re working, they have to be quiet.
- If one of them needs attention, ask your partner or someone else to help them, and then get back to work
Take Time Off to Rest
You don’t have to work all day, every single day, and a little break can be beneficial for your productivity and creativity levels.
Come up with ways to recharge without being distracted from what needs to get done in the time you’re away from your desk, like power naps or meditation. If you need to be away from your desk for longer, then have a clear plan of your tasks and set limits on how long the break will last.
Set Boundaries With Clients and Employers
There will always be distractions, so it’s essential to set boundaries so clients and employers know what they can expect from you. One way is to have a scheduled time for phone calls if your job requires them during work hours.
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