Fom freelance writer to Saddlemen seats online salesman, you know staying focused while working remotely can be quite the challenge. With all the possible distractions at home, it could feel impossible sometimes to get your work done on time.
That’s why – having worked from home for 12 years now -we are offering 4 tips to stay focused working remotely. Let’s get into it!
Take a Break
Sitting in front of a computer screen for 8 hours a day would be draining for anyone. Sure, you may have some focus in the morning hours once the caffeine kicks in, but that usually fades once lunchtime comes around.
You want to avoid burnout or boredom when it comes to when you’re on the clock. Taking regular breaks can enhance your productivity and focus. Set aside a few 10-minute time slots each day where you can step away from work for a while.
Short walks, sitting outside, and having a cup of tea in the kitchen are all great ways to take some time for yourself in between projects.
Set a Schedule
There are some people in this world who live for schedules, but that’s not necessarily for everyone. However, it’s imperative to create a schedule if you work remotely. Otherwise, you may be watching the clock tick with no idea what to start on next.
Having a consistent schedule will improve your focus while working remotely. You can get as detailed as you’d like but be sure you fill up most of the day with tasks and breaks you will take. Even if you’re not a schedule-type person, you’ll appreciate it and grow accustomed to it over time. What you do within the scheduled time doesn’t have to be ‘fixed’ but keeping a timer makes a difference.
If a schedule is an absolute no-go for you then make sure you dress for work in the morning. It doesn’t have to be a suit at the kitchen table, but don’t head ‘to work’ in your comfy trackies and slippers – dress as if you’re focused, and you’ll be more focused.
Pick a Home Office
Do you have a spot in your house that’s dedicated to work time? You could have an office, a cozy chair in the living room, or maybe you like to work from a local coffee shop. Wherever you choose to work, make sure you stay consistent with it.
The one spot you don’t want to work from in your house is the bedroom, according to experts. They say that keeping computers and work materials away from the bedroom helps you to sleep better!
Designating one spot for work will help you get mental connection and focus when it comes time to get that project done.
Working remotely can be quite isolating. You don’t have those talks in the break room or regular elevator conversations. If you’re an introvert, this may appeal to you. Yet, it’s important that you stay in contact with other employees. This helps to build those relationships that are incredibly important as you’re all working together. You don’t want to create too much distance from your coworkers.
If you’re in freelance or a solo business, you should still try and reach out to friends or family often. You don’t want to completely shut yourself off from the world. In the long run, this will inhibit your focus and enthusiasm for work. (Keep in mind: your life shouldn’t be solely about work! We are all social creatures by nature, introvert or extrovert.)