Chances are if you work from a home office you don’t have a very "hands-on" job, which can make working from home even more difficult. Staying focused at work is a struggle in a formal office setting, but working from home gives you even more distractions and even more reasons to focus on anything but work. Here are a few tips to help keep you focused while you work from home. As with anything, it takes a while to get into a new routine, so try these tips for at least three weeks and see if it works for you; hopefully you will find that your workday will not only goes by faster, but your work will too. 5 Tips to Help You Stay Focused at Work 1.Wake Up Early
Waking up early at a set time every day will help keep you focused for a few different reasons. First, most people are the most alert in the morning, so if you can get a lot done right away it will give you a boost of confidence to stay productive as the day continues. Second, if you are awake and working before the school buses start running and your neighbors start mowing their lawns, you will obviously have more time to work with fewer distractions.
2. Shut Down Electronics
Chances are your biggest distractions are distractions you can control. If you find yourself Facebook-ing or Tweeting while you should be working, shut down those programs during the work hours. To shut down a program, go to: tools internet optionsprivacysitesthen add a site that you want blocked and take it off when your day is over. On this same concept, consider unplugging your TV if you find yourself distracted by the urge to watch the news or that favorite soap opera.
3. Take Breaks
No matter what you do, it is, for most people, impossible to stay focused on work for eight hours a day. Aside from your usual lunch break, take short breaks throughout the day to give your mind a rest. This will not only help you stay focused, but help you produce quality work while you are focused because you will have a chance to step away and look at your projects with a fresh mind. I would recommend one 10 minute break per hour.
4. Work with your Family and Friends
If you live with a family, talk with them about letting you focus. Having a full time job takes dedication, and telling your kids to only come see you if there is an emergency is not a bad idea. Try to do the same with your friends or other family members who don’t live with you by telling them not to call if they can help it.
5. Finish the Little Things With any job comes little annoying tasks that we put off. If you do these first, your mind will be clear and you should be able to focus more on your bigger, more complicated projects as the day continues.