Do you struggle to stay focused when you work from home? It’s not always easy to do so because there are so many distractions and it’s easy to waste a lot of time doing unproductive things that achieve very little. However, if you make the changes mentioned below, you’ll find that your working week becomes much more structured and you get a lot more work done.

Get Help

If you work from home, don’t fall into the trap of trying to become a ‘Jack of all trades and a master of none’. Instead, you should look for help with tasks from professionals who can complete them much better than you ever could. With millions of freelancers available to help you with countless work-related tasks, it should not be difficult to find reliable people who can help you save a lot of time.

As well as outsourcing work related tasks, you should consider hiring people to help you in other ways too. For instance, if you have a pet dog, he or she needs to go for a walk during the day. However, this activity can eat into your precious time when you could be doing more productive things. Instead, you should consider hiring a reliable dog walker who can do this for you. Over the course of a week, you will save a number of hours that you can instead use to focus on your work.

Planning and Organization

Unlike a regular 9-5 position where the day is structured for you, when you work from home you must become more disciplined and motivated. This is where the ability to put in place proper plans comes to the fore.

You should be able to set realistic, achievable plans that allow you to reach daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. Following a roadmap like this will ensure that you get more done, that your working life is organized, and that you are always in control of it.

Avoid Distractions

Unfortunately, working from home means there are countless distractions that can affect your productivity. A wide range of technical distractions such as social media, email, and your smartphone are all culprits and you should ensure that you choose a certain time to check them each day, instead of checking them every few minutes.

Other people can also prevent you from working at your optimum level. Find a dedicated place to work and set down strict rules that you don’t want to be disturbed during your ‘office hours’. You have to be firm about this because most people assume that they can approach you while you work at home, simply because you are at home rather than in an office or another workplace.

Becoming more efficient when you work from home is not an impossible goal. However, you need to follow the tips and guidelines above to ensure that you waste less time and avoid the many distractions that present themselves to you when you work from home.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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