Maura Thomas shares 5 Tips To Avoid Distractions When Working from Home. In her article she reveals…
For many knowledge workers, the new normal of working from home still doesn’t feel normal at all. Regardless of your situation, I’ve got some road-tested tips to help you avoid distractions. Most of these are modified versions of tips I provide for managing distractions in the office. They are useful while working from home, also, because really being productive isn’t so much about where you work, it’s more about how you work
As many people have found in the past couple of months working from home isn’t as easy as it looks. There are certainly some positive benefits but also a downside to working at home.
The key is how will you manage those work hours at home when all the “home distractions” surround you. Especially when you have everyone home with you but your boss (even if that boss is you) is expecting you to be productive and complete projects.
1. Work from a Spot That Facilitates Boundariese
2. Organize Your Workspace to Increase Productivity
3. Set Clear Expectations With Other People in Your Home
4. Don’t Let Your Electronics Hijack Your Attention
5. Set Clear Boundaries Between Work Time and Personal Time
These tips are spot on! 🎯
The only tips I would add are avoiding time wasters.
Most people experience these timewasters at some point in their lives. These are three main time sucks you should eliminate from your life as soon as you can. Whether it’s personal, work-related, or social, these three things waste your time.
Lack of Planning
When you don’t plan something out, you are just winging it. When you sit down and write out a plan, it gives you an opportunity to test the waters and to anticipate roadblocks, bottlenecks, and other issues that cause time management issues throughout your day.
Every day you should save some time from your day to engage in short term, medium-term, and long-term planning. Whether it’s losing weight, getting your home organized, or starting and running a business, plans made with SMART goals will always perform better than going by the seat of your pants.
Thinking You Have to Do It All Yourself
It doesn’t matter who you are, but you really do not have to do everything yourself. If you’re raising kids, starting a business, running a business, or running a household, there are people to help. You can engage your spouse, your kids, other family members, but you can also pay people to do the things you don’t want to do. Plus, believe it or not, someone else might do the task much better than you can do it.
Don’t forget that you can also use technology to boost your productivity and gain more time in your day. For example, if you automate your bill paying, savings, and investments that can remove hours of work each month from your schedule.
Once you stop these time wasters, you’ll start seeing a massive difference in your productivity. The benefits will be less stress while also getting more done.
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