how to focus when working from home

How To Focus When Working From Home!

Yes, for all those ‘stay at home folks’, how to focus when working from home is a very good question! It is so easy to get caught up in things to do at home versus things you need to be working on at home, like your business. There is an invisible line that sometimes gets crossed unknowingly.

Let’s see how we can do things differently, as outlined by this contributed article. Read on.

 

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When starting a new business, working from home can be a fantastic way to save on money as working from home negates the need for expensive rent, the costly commute, parking, or dining out for lunch; it’s also a great time saver, as when you consider the average person has a 45 minute commute to work each day, which equates to 450 minutes or 7.5 hours a week.

That said, there can be a productivity cost to working from home in terms of focus, particularly if you struggle with discipline or concentration as it is.

It’s essential to set up a good space to work in that will allow you to feel comfortable and relaxed yet focused and productive. You’ll want a distraction-free environment that allows you to focus on the task at hand, and ideally, a feeling that differentiates your ‘home’ from your ‘home office’, but you don’t want it to be so relaxed it’s conducive to a state of lucid dreaming, as this really should be a place to work rather than relax.

This space should be your private area where you won’t be disturbed. It should feel almost like an annex to your home rather than part of it, as this way, you’ll feel less distracted and tempted to watch Netflix in your comfy ergonomic chair and more focused on the task at hand.

Here are four tips to help you focus when working from home:

1. SET UP THE SPACE

You’ll want to create a distraction-free environment that allows you to focus on work without distraction, therefore de-clutter the space that will become your office will ensure a minimalist environment that assists concentration.

2. FURNISH

There’s a very strong chance you’ll need a desk, even if you are working from a laptop, as you’ll want to spread out and be able to focus on your work. The most basic office furniture checklist comprises a desk, a supportive chair, a bright lamp, and some type of file storage system.

What you sit in is extremely important, as you’ll likely be sitting in this chair upwards of eight hours a day. For this reason, you’ll want a chair with decent ergonomic support and plenty of padding as you don’t want to be suffering from a bad back due to your desk and chair set-up.

3. ROUTINE

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Working from home can be both a blessing and a curse; on the one hand your commute is now limited to going from your bedroom to your home office, which has huge benefits in terms of convenience, but it can create a less focused emotional state if you’re used to a morning ritual of getting dressed in business attire (rather than sweatpants or your dressing gown) and being around colleagues in a similar state of ‘working’.

The most important thing in terms of having a routine, is that it provides structure and keeps you focused – set yourself a lunch hour between a set time each day, or adopt the approach that many successful people take which is to get dressed for work, as if you were going to the office, rather than sitting around in your underwear.

4. FOCUS

It’s all too tempting for your attention to drift anywhere other than on work; particularly with the advent of social media notifications, YouTube and Netflix. You might have to parent yourself and set up your own ‘parental controls’ that allow you to restrict the content you’re able to access in order to remain focused. There’s a great app called Freedom that offers this functionality.

My Final Thought On How To Focus When Working From Home!

Yes, it may not be easy to always separate home from the office, but you need to know how to focus when working from home if you plan to succeed at working from home. The distractions are there – don’t kid yourself – however, you can make the difference as long as you fine-tune your area of focus.

All the best.

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4 thoughts to “How To Focus When Working From Home!

  • Sue

    I loved all these great tips on working from home. It does take so much focus and a dedication to getting the job done, thus blocking out as much distraction as possible. Also taking periodic breaks to help you to refocus on the job at hand. Looking forward to being able to work full-time from home. The only distraction at home is my husband and he knows the work I do at home for the business is our future.

    Great article, Michelle.

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    • Michelle

      Hello there Sue,
      Thanks for visiting. It made me smile when you said your only distraction is your husband, that should sometimes be pleasurable I hope! 🙂 But yes, you are right, working at home does have its pros and cons. All the best.
      Michelle

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  • John

    The routine is the hardest part. You can be distracted by a lot of things if you are working from your own home. When you get up to take a break, you may find yourself working on things around the house, like dishes or what is for lunch and not go back to work as quickly as if you are working in an office.
    A timer is very important to keep your day structured.
    How do you keep distractions in the home from keeping you from working, I cannot close myself up in an office all day.
    John

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    • Michelle

      Hello John,
      Thanks for visiting. Yes, the timer is invaluable. You need to adhere to it as well in order for it to be effective. I also agree about taking a break and then finding other ‘stuff’ that beckons for your attention. All in all, you have to be decisive and ‘stick to your guns’! All the best.
      Michelle

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