Working from home has always been an attractive advantage for the younger segment of the workforce. But with the coronavirus pandemic, millions of American workers have no choice but to work from home. This means that employees work remotely in the same home as their spouse and children. As a result, the functions no longer appear to be fully established. Less is accomplished and more time is taken to perform even simple tasks. The slightest distraction interrupts your workflow.
But don’t worry, this blog can show you how to deal with this problem.
Avoid distractions when working from home
There is an impressive range of technologies that can assist remote workers and make working from home possible. This does not mean that internet plans are more accessible than ever. Devices have become more advanced, cloud technologies have become more sophisticated, and collaboration platforms are on the rise. However, it is not surprising that many workers find that their productivity decreases when they work from home. This is mainly due to distractions that are not normally present in the workplace. You can increase your WFH productivity with the following tips:
- Put some music on
- Break your work into pieces
- Employ task and calendar managers.
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- Create a home office space
- Show your work schedule at home
- Identify and avoid distractions.
- Control your phone activities
Let’s examine these tips in more detail below.
Put some music on
One way to increase your focus on working at home is to put in some background sounds. This can be anything from relaxing instrumental music to a productivity audiobook. You can also use various music apps that play music non-stop based on moods and I like that you suggest. Having something in the background can often significantly increase productivity.
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Break your work into pieces
Certain people can discipline themselves to focus on a project for hours or days. But most of us lose our focus, allowing for distractions. One way to stay focused is to break up your day’s work into manageable parts. That way, you have a sense of accomplishment as you complete each part, and the goal for the day seems more doable than it would otherwise be.
Employ calendar and task managers
If you’re the type of person with the mental capacity to keep track of all your tasks and appointments, that’s great for you. But most of us are not so mentally agile. This is where it can be helpful to use simple things like digital to-do lists and calendars on your PC or smartphone. This has two purposes. First, it can be a type of dump, where you can dump all your tasks and free up space in your head to focus on them one by one. The second purpose is that it can help you prioritize your tasks and execute them accordingly.
You saw the part
You wouldn’t show up in the office in your pajamas, so why should you dress like this when you work at home? Part of home productivity involves following a disciplined routine. This includes getting up at the usual time, cooling off and getting dressed. You will be amazed at how this simple step can put you in a productive mood for the day.
Create a home office space
If you work from your couch or bed, you will surely have productivity issues. Even more if you share your space with other people like family or roommates. Designating a specific space in your home as an office can help you isolate yourself from distractions. This can help imitate the same discipline and work ethic that you wear to work.
Show your work at home
Remember that, except in an emergency, work comes first. Do not let people at home think that you are on vacation too long. Working from home means that you always have to work at the end of the day. It is important to communicate and show your work schedule to the people with whom you share the space. That way, no one bothers you with trivial things that distract you from work.
Identify and avoid distractions
Identify and eliminate the main distractions at home before you sit at work. You are more likely to be productive without being weighed down. For example, if you know your kitchen is a mess, clean it before you start working. Don’t get distracted during office hours.
Control your phone activities
In most cases, the biggest distraction for most workers is their personal smartphone. A quick glance at your phone can grab your attention and waste hours of productive time. Generally, limit your phone activity to essential things, such as calling Spectrum support if you have connectivity issues. For all other activities, limit your use until the end of the working day.