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So, maybe you’ve just started your work-from-home blogging business. Or maybe you’ve had some success in your blog and you work-from-home full time- even better!
Either way, we all know (or you will soon learn) how many distractions you can find when you work from home- because they are everywhere.
So how can you avoid distractions working from home and stay focused? How can you increase your productivity and get more done in your business?
Today I’ll be going over the tips and tricks I use to stay productive at home!
1. PLAY SOME MUSIC
This can work for some, but not for others. It can also depend on the task you are working on.
When I’m doing something that requires concentration, like writing or editing a blog post, I prefer to work in silence.
But if I can do some things while listening to my favorite songs, like making pins for my posts, I will definitely be jamming to my favorite Spotify station!
Don’t turn on music if it’s going to distract you however, that kind of defeats the purpose of it!
2. TAKE BREAKS
While you’re working really hard on your project, don’t forget to take some breaks as well! Some people (like me) can work for hours on a project and not notice the time slipping by. That is until their stomach starts to rumble, and then they realize it’s 2 hours past lunchtime!
How often you need to take a break can differ from person to person. Sometimes, even day to day depending on the tasks you are working on.
Some people try the Pomodoro Technique which practices hyper-focused work rewarded with short breaks.
3. CREATE A PLAN, AND STICK TO IT
Working from home means you don’t have a naggy boss with stale coffee-breath breathing down your neck anymore.
Which is good, but it also means they aren’t holding you accountable for getting work done. Therefore, you are now responsible for keeping yourself on track- you are the boss now.
Making a plan for the day will really help you stay focused on what tasks need to be done. Creating a to-do list is a great way to stay organized. It will prevent you from getting distracted when you work from home, and keep you on top of things.
I like using online apps like Trello to get organized, but I can’t recommend getting a physical planner enough! Maybe that’s old school to some, but writing my plan out feels so much better than typing!
Don’t be afraid to plan out when you need to do personal tasks like dishes or laundry either. Knowing you have time planned to do chores can help you relax and not worry about them when you’re supposed to be focusing on work.
4. HAVE A DAILY ROUTINE
Just because you work from home now, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still have a daily routine to stick to. What I mean by that is, treat your work from home as if you were still in the office setting.
Get out of bed at the same time every day, get dressed and get ready for your day. Set a daily routine for yourself, no matter what it is! Now that you work from home, you can create a schedule that works best for you!
You could also try to figure out what time of day you’re most productive and plan your day around that. What time of day do you generally feel most productive? When will all the distractions (spouse, kids or pets) be asleep or not around?
Just because you work from home doesn’t mean your day shouldn’t still have a structure. The catch here is that you get to create your schedule, and you don’t have to go to the higher-ups for approval on a schedule change! Don’t forget your designated lunch as well!
5. CREATE A PRODUCTIVE WORK AREA
Working from home, it can be tempting to work anywhere around the house. Having the freedom to work anywhere you want is great! But it doesn’t mean that you should do that all the time. You should have a designated, productive working area if you really want to stay focused.
Sometimes you really need to put your head down and get some serious work done away from the family life.
Your work area, ideally, should be a quiet place without any distractions around.
If you’re lucky, and your house is big enough, dedicate one room all to yourself to be your office space.
This will seriously help you avoid distractions working from home! It creates a daily routine and prevents home-life (such as kids toys, dog beds ect..) from cluttering up your private workspace and distracting you.
If having your own room isn’t possible, try having some sort of space where you can keep your computer, important documents and take phone calls if needed. Sometimes, you really have to work with what you’re given.
Make sure you also have an organized workspace, with all the desk essentials. Having messy workspace could distract you into cleaning or just simple hinder your productivity altogether!
6. INVEST IN OFFICE EQUIPMENT
No business goes without a little upfront investment, so it’s a good idea to make sure you have a few things you’d expect to find in a normal office.
- A reliable computer
- Reliable internet connection
- A desk or table
- A quality desk chair
- A business phone
- A decent printer
- A filing cabinet or organization system
- A whiteboard or corkboard to jot ideas down or keep important notes on (A must for highly visual people like me!)
- Other general office supplies you may need
Take advantage of any back to school shopping deals where you can get some of these items. Those sales can be handy for business owners with and without kids!
Of course, if you’re like me and you’re starting out with a blog, you can get away with not having a lot of these items. But, I would say the only two items I don’t have on this list are a business phone and filing cabinet because I don’t have a need for them right now!
7. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE
If you find yourself losing motivation and not being as productive as you’d like to be, that’s okay! Try stepping outside for a bit. Sometimes fresh air and a change of scenery can do you some good!
If the office or the kitchen table don’t break you out of your slump, try one of these things;
- Going to a local coffee shop, bookstore or library to finish work
- Take a walk around the block, or go to the nearest park for a break
- Go out to grab lunch on your lunch break
You can also use this tactic to get away from distracting kids or pets. Even if you just leave for a short lunch break or go on a walk. This time away can really help you focus all your energy back into work.
Can’t leave the house or go very far? If it’s nice out, take your laptop outside and sit on the porch or in the backyard. You haven’t exactly left home but I find myself most productive in a sunny and warm environment. Which is why my desk is right next to a huge window!
8. UNDERSTAND WHAT DISTRACTS YOU
What is going to distract you once you sit down to work? If you know that you hate having dirty dishes in the sink, finish those before you sit down to work. If you’re worried about what to have for dinner, create a meal plan. Figure out exactly what you’ll be cooking for dinner so there’s no need to think!
Eliminate distractions before you start working and you’ll have nothing else to focus on but the task at hand!
9. STOP SCROLLING
Social media is a huge distraction to me, as it can be for many others. It’s way too easy to “check your notifications” and before you know it, you’re 20 weeks down your ex’s, brother’s, new girlfriends Instagram feed (It’s a thing). To put an end to your Instagram stalking, make sure your phone is not a distraction.
Some people recommend keeping your phone off, or even in a totally different room. However, me personally, it would drive me crazy not to have my phone within arms reach.
Even if I’m not paying attention to my phone, I need it near me. So what I do is turn on Do Not Disturb mode. This allows my phone to only go off for important texts or phone calls. After that, I turn it on vibrate and place it face down behind my computer or out of view.
That way if I need it or I’d like to take a break, I can still reach it pretty easily. But when I don’t want to be distracted, it’s out of my view. It really works for me, and I can go for many hours without my phone as a distraction now!
Find a way that works best for you and use that method every single time you sit down to work.
10. USE OTHER TOOLS TO STAY ORGANIZED
Even though I love making everything digital, for me there is nothing else like good old fashion pencil and paper. I have a notebook by my side at all times. That way while I’m working I can jot things down.
I write my to-do lists on paper, my goals, and sometimes plans on paper. I may go back and digitalize it later, but most of my stuff (minus most blog posts) start out handwritten.
I also recently started making plans on my whiteboard and it has made such a big difference in the amount of work I get done!
You can use anything that you prefer to use, such as a
As long as it helps you stay organized, that’s all that matters!
Working from home, though many people like to believe it will be glorious, can actually be a really difficult challenge to overcome.
At home, there are plenty of distractions! It can take some time getting used to the brand new work environment. The good news is, it gets easier with time and there are many things you can do to avoid distractions working from home.
What methods do you use for keeping focused? Let me know in the comments below!
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