Working from home can be tricky to hack. The chance of becoming distracted massively increases - all of a sudden washing the dishes actually becomes tempting.
So, to combat the temptation of distraction, we have come up with our top tips that will help you to stay focused when working from home.
Hold yourself accountable for the work that you set out.
1. Create a space for work
First things first, make a space in your house that is dedicated to work. Now not all of us have the privilege of a home office or a house with many rooms, so it is important to make the most of what you have. Rather than dwelling on your lack of space, think about the places in your home that you don't go into often. Turn this into your office space and try to keep it that way. Different spaces for your work life and your home life will help you to stay on track.
2. Stimulate a work type environment for yourself
Now that you have a dedicated space in your house to work in, create a professional environment. This can help you to differentiate between the comfort of your own home and your workspace.
What constitutes a "professional environment" may differ from person to person, so think about what will allow you to feel like you are in one whilst at home. That may be changing into your office attire or creating a desk area that you want to work at. Do whatever helps you to get into work mode.
If you were in an office, you would most likely have a schedule so apply this to working from home. Create a schedule for yourself, setting certain tasks to do at certain times. This will allow you to set goals for the day and establish what it is that you want to achieve by the end of the working day.
4. Now stick to it!
It is easy to create a schedule but it is another thing to actually stick to it. You have to hold yourself accountable for the work that you set out to complete for the day. Making lists will help you stick to your schedule because they allow you to see how much you have already achieved. Visually seeing what you have already completed allows you to see the progress you have made so far and reflect on what you've got left to do.
5. Stay in contact
We have mentioned this in blogs before and we will continue to do so - stay in contact! Staying connected with your team allows you to see at what point everyone else is in their working day. It allows you to know who may be free to offer you some help and vice-versa. Being on the same page allows all of you to be working towards the same goal.
Also, if you work for yourself you can still stay in contact with people. Just because you work for yourself it doesn't mean you don't rely on others. Reach out to those in your industry if you're ever struggling with something that you're working on.
6. Take a break
When working from home, it can be easy to feel guilty that you're aren't doing enough. Sometimes we hold ourselves too accountable and as a result burn out faster than we normally would. That is why it is so important to take breaks and give your mind a rest. Think about it, if you were in an office you wouldn't work non-stop from 9-5. So why would you do that at home?
7. Switch off
Once the working day is done, it is done. You have done all you can for the day so walk away from your workspace. Don't bring your work into the other parts of your house. Instead, enjoy your evening - it is important to relax so that you feel refreshed and motivated for the next day.