5 Ways to Get Those Wandering Eyes Back to Work

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.

ere 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
optionsprivacysitesthen 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
ight 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 1
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.

About the author: Amanda DiSilvestro is a writer on topics ranging from social media to
employee background checks. She writes for an online resource that gives advice on topics
business phone systems to small businesses and entrepreneurs for the leading B2B
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