Staying on Track While Working From Home

Maybe the weather is bad or you’re feeling a bit under the weather. Luckily, you have the luxury to work from home. How do you make sure you complete enough work for the day? There are lots of distractions at home, like family or roommates, pets, and even your bed- calling to you to sleep just another hour. Here are a few easy ways to ensure you stay on track and focused.

Sit in a quiet location

This one is a no brainer. More than likely, your normal office setting is relatively quiet- aside from low level chatter and phones ringing. This environment is important to mirror while at home so you can be sure to stay on track. Try sitting in your home office or your favorite reading nook- if you have one. The less distractions you have, the better- because you’re likely to encounter a few throughout the day. If you need a little bit of music to get motivated, turn on your favorite station at low volume.

Make a to-do list

While you should always make a to-do list, they are especially important when you’re working from home. Likewise, you might not be able to work on a specific project due to your remote location. Ranking your tasks allows you to stay focused – even after you take a quick break to play tug of war with your pup! Even when distraction is inevitable, your to-do list will bring you back in to your tasks. What’s more, you’ll be able to tie up loose ends even after normal quitting time because you’re already at home!

Get rid of unnecessary notifications

This means Facebook and your phone. While you might need to keep your phone handy in case you get a call from someone important, you can turn it on vibrate or low volume. Try to stay in the mindset of the office life and don’t check your phone frequently. Additionally, look into any browser blockers to help you stay off of tempting distraction-filled sites.

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