Here Are 5 Things that Can Distract You While You’re Working from Home???and What You Can Do About It

When I inform people that I work from home, one of the most frequent questions I receive is how I manage to remain focused. Generally, my response is a humorous comment about the fact that I need to work in order to pay my mortgage. It can be difficult for me to stay concentrated when I am working from home, and I am aware that I am not the only one who experiences this.

It is clear that procrastination can be a beneficial thing when you are your own boss. Having the autonomy to choose when to put in your most productive hours can be a great advantage. Nonetheless, there are times when it is necessary to prioritize a certain task or meet a looming deadline. It is essential to focus and remain concentrated in order to achieve success in such a situation.

It is undeniable that there are numerous potential distractions and ways to procrastinate when working from home. Juggling tasks, hobbies, and the temptation of streaming services can be difficult to manage. Therefore, it is necessary to implement strategies that will help to ensure that work is completed on time. What methods can you employ to maximize the likelihood of achieving this objective?

At Works, we have a wealth of experience in managing remote teams. We’re a distributed organization, which means we recruit the best remote developers from all over the world (click here to find out more). Our approach to this is as follows.

Take Control of Your Occupied Space

If you are working from home, it is highly recommended that you designate a specific area for that purpose. Having a dedicated workspace can help to signal to your brain that it is now time to focus on work. If you don’t have a designated office, you can still create a routine or “beginning work ritual” to help you get into the right mindset and stay productive. It is important to remember that a cluttered desk can be very distracting, so ensure that you keep it organized.

Nowadays, there are some workers who are able to work remotely while they are travelling as they have the necessary equipment with them to execute their duties, which is commonly known as an ‘office in a backpack’. To ensure that you remain productive and professional, it is important to ensure that you are creating an environment that signals to others that you are now focusing on your work.

It is important to take proactive steps to ensure that your environment is conducive to concentration. Closing the door can be a simple but effective way to discourage any potential distractions while you are on a video call. Additionally, classical music has been demonstrated to enhance focus, however, if this isn’t your preference, an artificial white noise generator could be helpful. Alternatively, if you have an Amazon Echo, you can request Alexa to play a range of background noises in a continuous loop.

Take Steps to Reduce Distractions.

In today’s digital age, distractions are all around us. Every time you receive an email, text message, or notification that your lives have been replenished on a game, it can be hard to stay focused on the task at hand. Additionally, websites can trigger pop-ups that remind us of new content, making it difficult to resist the temptation to take a break and explore it. It takes a lot of determination and dedication to stay productive in the face of so many distractions.

It can be useful to have access to a “silent” or “mute” setting on a smartphone. To reduce background noise, users can consider setting designated quiet hours or making use of the “do not disturb” feature available on their device. Gmail is a popular choice when it comes to services that offer this type of feature, though there are other options available.

It is clear that not everybody is made of the same “tough material”; some of us are able to have social media windows open on our browsers and ignore notifications, while others find this more difficult. If you are someone who falls into the latter category, you may wish to look into a distraction blocker. ColdTurkey is one such platform that could help you to limit access to personal websites during set working hours.

Plan Out Your Time

When transitioning between tasks, it is easy to be distracted and procrastinate. To avoid this, it is beneficial to plan out your day in advance. There are many project management and contractor collaboration tools available, such as Trello and Basecamp, as mentioned by Works. Other alternatives include Asana and Monday.com, which provide slightly different features. If you would like to learn more about these resources, we have previously published an article discussing them in more detail.

It is essential that you never take time to ponder the question, “What do I do now?” Make a catalogue of all the tasks you need to complete and do them in the order they appear on the list. Reward yourself when you have finished, if necessary (and even more so if you finish ahead of time).

Assuming No Breaks Are Taken

It may appear counter-intuitive, but taking a break can actually boost your productivity. This does not mean that you should spend your break time playing computer games; rather, you should get up and move around. Aim to take your eyes off the screen for at least ten minutes; why not go for a drink of water, a walk in the fresh air, or do something enjoyable instead?

It has been scientifically proven that taking regular breaks is beneficial for both our physical and mental health. Furthermore, it can improve our efficiency; for example, it can help us to avoid decision fatigue. Regular pauses can increase our chances of making the right choices, so it is important to make time for them and ensure we stick to them. I can assure you that you will not regret it.

Just Take It Slowly

For a considerable period, multitasking was viewed as the ultimate way to increase productivity. However, a Stanford-led research study found that taking on multiple tasks simultaneously is not beneficial and can actually have a detrimental effect on one’s intelligence, similar to being awake all night or using marijuana. If Bob from Accounts Payable was believed to be under the influence, it was advised that he should have tried the practice of mindfulness instead.

Researchers at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom have raised concerns that the detrimental effects of multitasking may be permanent. Consequently, if an individual attempts to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, it may have a negative impact on their prospects for future employment.

Managers, Listen Up!

If you are reading this article in the hope of discovering a ‘secret sauce’ to ensure your remote staff remain productive, the advice we would give is simple: start taking action. Cease any attempts to interfere in the work of your remote employees. It is important to be aware of the various methods of communication available, such as email alerts and telephone calls, but to what extent are you using these tools to check in on your remote staff? Have you considered whether your interventions are actually having a negative impact on productivity?

It is important to maintain regular communication with remote teams in order to ensure that everyone is on the same page and to ensure the smooth running of the business. At the same time, it is important to trust the team members and to give them the autonomy to complete their roles to the best of their abilities. This balance of communication and trust is key to the success of any remote workforce.

If you have doubts about the capabilities of your virtual team, it is likely that you have made a mistake in your hiring process. Here at [Name], we are committed to helping you rectify this situation. We have an extensive network of talented remote professionals from all over the world and each one of them has been carefully vetted to ensure they possess the necessary technical skills and dedication to deliver a high quality of work from the comfort of their own home. To find out more about the services we offer, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.

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