How I Stay Focused Working From Home

Everyone who works from home will tell you there are good parts and bad parts to doing your job from the comfort of your own home.

I would say my job is 50% working from home because I do have two other jobs besides my blog. So I am lucky enough I get a break from being home all the time but also I have the luxury of making my own schedule and working from anywhere half the time.

Working from home is a dream for many, but it is definitely not as easy as it sounds.

Staying focused at home is a struggle for me and I am sure it is for others as well, there are so many distractions when I am home that I sometimes procrastinate writing with.

For example, when working in a professional setting, you do not have other personal distractions sitting right beside you, like laundry, or dishes, or tidying up around the house.

These are all very real responsibilities that often cloud my mind when I am trying to work.

I am a HUGE fan of naps, and since I wake up super early for my one job, it is very tempting to cozy up in bed and take a nap. I have found that when I do take naps, I end up not being able to fall asleep until later in the night, making me especially tired in the morning, fueling this vicious cycle of fatigue.

I get major anxiety when I am not constantly working, I am always thinking about work and what comes next and due dates etc. Working from home I find that a lot of these stressors stick around, even after I log out of my computer for the day.

I do not want to come off as if I am complaining because I am very blessed that I have the job I do, but there is no lack of hard work to be done.

As my stress has gotten worse I have started implementing little things into my daily life to try to help alleviate some of the stress.

Smell training…

I know this sounds like something you would do with your dog, but this is for us! The human brain is astounding, we definitely do not give it enough credit.

I have started lighting a specific candle whenever I am working, this is in hopes to make me more productive and in the zone when the candle is lit. I do not work (at home) when the candle is not lit because I want my brain and my body to relax in that same space, just with a different mentality.

Try lighting a candle that induces productivity and thoughtfulness… Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint are some common scents that are great for this!

If you are in your dorm or simply cant/ don’t want to light a candle, oil diffusers are a great substitute, you can get so many different oils that work in so many different ways.

 

Stay off social media…

This one can be difficult, especially when your job is basically on social media. What I mean by stay off of socials is try not to do anything that does not benefit your business. If you have to go on Instagram for a professional reason, go for it, but if it is just to check up on your best friends – boyfriends – sister…do not do it.

Social media can be tempting so what I like to do is turn my phone on Do Not Disturb, this works wonders, I do not get interrupted by notifications but if I need to take a look at something on my socials, I can, distraction free!

Sometimes when I am in the zone, I don’t even notice or think about the notifications I am receiving!

 

Time Batching…

This is probably the most note-worthy advice I can give you for all parts of life. Time Batching is when you compile similar activities into one predisposed amount of time. Giving you the advantage of being able to fully concentrate on one topic.

Time batching is great because it reduces time spent shifting back and forth between tasks.

Instead of checking an email, starting a blog post, and taking a call all in the same hour, I will dedicate between 9am and 10am to checking and responding to emails, after 10 am, I wont look at my email until around 5pm to 6pm.

Checking my email twice a day allows me to fully concentrate on what needs to be done within that task for the allotted time. Plus, most important emails are sent at the beginning of the work day and at the end of it.

I know that if I get an email out before 10am, if it is important, I will have a response waiting for me in my inbox by 5pm when I check again.

This eliminates the time it takes for me to check my email every 30 minutes which takes me away from other tasks that need to be done.

If I have to write, which is the case most days, I will schedule out around three hours to just write. This is normally 10am to 1pm for me. Because three hours is a long time to stare at a screen, writing can consist of jotting down notes on a notepad or talking into my phone. I may also take a break halfway through and grab a coffee and come right back and get going.

You do not have to schedule out blocks of 3 hour periods, this works for me and may not work for you. When I start writing a post I like to finish it, otherwise I lose my train of thought, seeing that my posts range from 1000 to 2000 words I like to stay laser focused.

Set Boundaries…

It is incredibly difficult for me to set strict boundaries, especially when my boyfriend comes home on break. Being that I am home and he is probably free, it is difficult to say no to spending time with him because I have to work, especially when I set my own schedule.

Saying no is my biggest weakness and procrastination is a close second, you are you’re own boss and sometimes the boss has to make tough decisions to better the company.

I know its hard but say no, make a schedule and stick to it. I have started setting a time everyday that I try to stop working by, around this time of year it is 7pm, over the summer it is closer to 5pm. This way if I want to do something, I will schedule it for after my working hours, and it gives me something to look forward to…you won’t succeed if you keep letting yourself succumb to distraction.

The more focused you are during the work day, the more you will get done. I find that when I have a productive day, I am able to enjoy my free time way more than if I spent the work day being distracted by other things.

Little by little I have gotten better at staying focused and prioritizing my goals, trust me, 6 months from now you will look back and wish you worked harder then. Lets get to it!

Do you have special ways you stay focused at work, whether its in an office or at home? Leave them in the comments below, DM me on Instagram, or Email me, info is in the contact section!

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