If you are fortunate enough to be able to work from home you may struggle to stay focused sometimes. The home environment is where most of us spend the majority of our leisure time. Therefore, working from home warrants some rules to help you to get the work done in the shortest amount of time without major interference on you or your families personal lives.
Here are some suggestions to stay focused when working from home:
- Set Work Goals – determine what you need to get done within a set period of time. This allows you to prioritise and concentrate on delivering a task.
- Create a Work Space – ensure that your work space meets health and safety standards and that you are creating an environment around you to concentrate and complete your work. Ideally, if you have a study/spare room occupy that, this will be easier for you to set up and close off from the rest of your home. Other considerations when selecting a work space include lighting, temperature, noise and other uses of that space.
- Turn Off Distractions – it is very easy to slip into your normal routine of being at home and doing what you normally do, for example watching TV, listening to music, playing with the dog. A general rule I use, if I wouldn’t normally work with that distraction, then why start now? For example, I work better with no noise, but sometimes music is good for tasks that don’t require as much mental energy, then I will put music on. If possible, you should try minimise all of the common distractions if possible e.g. television, radio, washing machine, dryer, pets and other people interrupting. On that last point, it is critical to consider that you aren’t the only person that uses the space, therefore be conscious of the movements of others in your home and how you can work together to structure your work so that you can work from home effectively with inconveniencing others.