As more people transition to remote work, a common challenge that surprises many is how difficult it can be stay focused while working from home. Without the watchful eyes of a manager or clearly delineated time constraints, it’s easy to get sidetracked by a Wikipedia wormhole. Add pets, children, or TV to that, and you’ll be lucky if you get any work done at all. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. These tips can help you avoid distractions and stay on task in your home office.
1. Keep a Schedule
Large blocks of unformed time tend to invite distraction. The best way to combat this is by giving your day structure. Keeping yourself to a schedule allows you to focus on one task at a time, and it holds you accountable to deadlines.
2. Take Breaks
No one can stay laser-focused on work forever. You brain and body both need the occasional opportunity to disconnect and decompress. Take breaks to read or go on walks or meditate or do anything that might relax or center you. When you come back, you may find yourself better equipped to handle the rest of your long workday.
3. Learn Your Working Style
Working from home gives you the opportunity to explore which work styles work best for you. Do you do your best work in the morning or in the afternoon? Do you like to focus on one thing at a time, or are you a multitasker? Take the time to experiment, and see what you like. Once you figure out your individual style, you can maximize your productivity.
Without the structures of a traditional office environment, even the most diligent worker is apt to succumb to the myriad distractions the world has to offer, but these tips can help you maintain focus and become your most productive self.