When you work from home, there will always be little distractions that pop up.
Everything from kids to pets to dirty dishes can be very distracting and take up a lot of time and energy.
Oh, and let’s not forget about social media and the TV! If you’re ready to say goodbye to those distractions, you are in the right place.
Set Fixed Hours
Working from home does give us a lot more flexibility hours wise, which can be both a good and bad thing.
Have you ever had one of those days where you were in the zone and the day just flew by? As much as we love those days, they can also throw us a little off course.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to go above and beyond.
But at the same time, life is all about balance.
Working unrealistic hours is not healthy, and can lead to frustration and burnout.
Study Your Creativity
We all have our own focus styles. Some of us are more creative in the afternoon, while others are more creative in the mornings. As we stated earlier, working from home does give us a lot of flexibility.
If you prefer doing difficult tasks that require a lot of creativity in the morning, then plan your day around those tasks. That way, you can spend your afternoons doing more mundane tasks such as catching up on emails.
Let Your Family Know When You’re in Meetings
Almost all of us have had our children interrupt a very important meeting at least once.
The only thing is, that sometimes it can be tricky to get back into the zone after being interrupted. The next time you have an important meeting or strict deadline, don’t be afraid to give your family a heads up first.
Spend Time Outside
Getting out of the house at least once a day is so important for our overall creativity and energy levels. You can take a walk around the block or read a book on your porch.
“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin
When we have so much going on, it can be tough to know where to even begin. Writing out all of your to-do’s in order of importance can help prevent a lot of guesswork and decision making during the day.
Take Plenty of Email Breaks
Don’t get us wrong – email is an incredible thing.
However, you don’t want to become glued to your inbox. Replying to emails can be incredibly time consuming and exhausting.
Yes, some emails are urgent – but not all of them!
Before answering an email, ask yourself if the email can wait a few hours, or if it needs to be taken care of right away. Prioritizing your email correspondents can potentially save you hours, if not more every month.