Separate your Working from home & Family distractions
- Separate a dedicated work space from your home space.
- Create a schedule.
- Wear formals instead of casual.
- Know your distractions.
- Set Boundaries.
- Know when to clock out.
For those who have never had the experience of working from home, most people see it as a very attractive prospect,everyone’s dream job. Like most “dream jobs”, reality tells a different story about it, once you’re actually in it.
These days almost all of us working from home to some extent. Maybe you spend evenings filling over spreadsheets from the office. Maybe you’re in the house all day doing the hardest work unimaginable: caring for your family, the old, or the ill.
The most common mistake is thinking that by working at home you have more time to work and better work-life balance, Work is work, regardless of where you do and how much you love it. It needs to get done.
Without the watchful eye of a supervisor or clear expectations on your time, you are often left feeling aimless and easily distracted, Distractions like household chores, Laundry, snacking, kids, and easy access to a TV can prevent at-home workers from accomplishing as much as they want or need to.
Variety really is the spice of life, and this applies psychologically for your work, as well. As you will be living, working, eating, sleeping, and playing in the same space, work from home can completely remove that variety that spices up your life, which could wreak havoc on your mental frame.
Working from home is not for everyone; it requires some strong mental discipline. Not to worry because you can absolutely be successful working from home, and this is what we’re going to go over in this post.
Separate a dedicated work space from your home space.
When you enter your home space, you’ll automatically relax, effortlessly dropping effort. Just because you’re not working at an office doesn’t mean you can’t, well, have an office. Finding a dedicated space to get your work done will keep you centralized and focused. Then, when you’ve gotten the bulk of your work done for the day, you can switch it up by working somewhere else for a few hours the next day. Additionally, set up a home office, preferably something with a door to separate yourself from outside distractions.
- Create a schedule.
When working from home, you’re your own personal manager. Without things like an in-person meeting schedule to break up your day, you can be quick to lose focus or burn out.
Schedule your day like you would in the office. That means if you love to have every minute planned, go ahead and fill up your day. If you’re more of a to-do list follower, write up a game plan and cross things off as you go. Here’s How to Create a better schedule.
- Wear formals instead of casual
Maintain a schedule similar to what you would follow if you worked in an office, including getting out of bed and putting on clothes other than shorts or pajamas, this will increase your productivity as it feels that you’re really in your office.
- Know your distractions
That mound of clean clothes that have to be folded and put away, Household chorse, etc. When your home and your office are one in the same, distractions are plentiful, even more so than if you worked in a traditional office. If you don’t ignore the distractions, though, you’ll find that you’ll get far less work done. So as much as you’d like to have a totally clean house, you’ll need to block the mess out of your mind until you’re done with your work for the day.
Pinpoint your major distractions, and knock them out before you settle down to work. Without an issue moving over your head, you’re more likely to focus on your work.
- Set Boundaries
While you’re working from home, if there are other people at home , it may be helpful to post a schedule on the door of your home office. This can help kids or significant others know when you’re free, and when you’re busy and shouldn’t be distracted.
A schedule can also make working from home seem more official, so people might be respect your boundaries.
·Know when to clock out. Limit Your Working Hours and Stick to Them
It can be tempting to squeeze in something after dinner or on a Sunday afternoon, but when it feels like you’re working from home all the time, that can quickly lead to burnout. That’s why you should stick to a predetermined set of work hours and maximize your workdays so that you can enjoy your time off and feel refreshed and ready to clock back in on Monday morning.
As you probably surmised already, self-management and discipline is the name of the game when working from home. As a first step towards that, it’s a really healthy practice to set strict working hours for yourself.
Tune out all distractions to increase your productivity at work.