One of the most difficult parts of working at home is trying to avoid daily distractions. Things such as pets, family members sharing the same household, roommates, and cell phone notifications tend to get in the way of our focus more than we realize, and can be detrimental to our productivity.
Wake Up Early
If you can get over the difficulty of not sleeping in and want to increase your focus, then waking up early is something you should seriously consider. Assuming there are no other early birds in the house, the early morning will be dead quiet with little to no distractions. Moreover, even if there are others in your house who wake up early, it is likely that they are getting ready to leave for work.
Everyone gets just 24 hours each day, and studies show that most of the world’s true successes set their alarms extra early, in order to use those hours wisely.
Shut Off Your Phone
If you’re like most people, then text messages and other phone notifications are a sure fire way of becoming distracted. And since scrolling through the news feed of Facebook is so entertaining, even unlocking your phone can lower productivity. However, if you can muster up the courage to actually turn off your phone while working, these distractions will soon be a thing of the past.
In addition to helping you to avoid daily distractions, shutting off your phone once in a while is also good for it’s battery life, function, and overall longevity.
Get On Medication
Certain ADHD and OCD medications are also great tools for staying focused. Though they should not be taken without first speaking to a doctor, medications such as Atomoxetine, Clonidine, Adderrall, and Ritalin are specifically designed for those who have a hard time focusing and also want to increase their workload. Taken frequently by entrepreneurs and writers, these medications help you remain on one task for longer periods of time by increasing your energy while also eliminating overthinking tendencies.
Approved by the FDA, these medications have been proven to increase the effectiveness of many people’s work, allow them to avoid outside noises and distractions during the day, and are also highly recommended to those with ADHD.
Take Some Natural Brain Enhancing Supplements
Natural brain enhancing supplements are similar to medications in many ways, however, they are much easier to obtain. Supplements such as Phosphatidylserine, Bacon Monnieri, L-Theanine, and Choline, are just a few of the many brain boosting supplements that have been proven to dramatically increase your focus level, energy, effectiveness, and overall productivity, making them a huge hit with many stay at home employees. In addition to focus, these supplements also help to reduce fatigue, allowing you to work diligently on the task at hand all throughout the day, while avoiding the need to jump around to other chores, multi-task, or become overwhelmed.
Whenever you are feeling overwhelmed with what is going on around you, whether it be from other people in your house, neighbors, your pets, or your phone, it is highly beneficial to meditate. Though it is often overlooked by most people, meditation has long been proven to help calm your mind, allowing you to remain unbothered by any and all outside noises. By practicing meditation for just 5 to 10 minutes each day, you can train your brain to focus and remain calm all throughout the day.
Meditation may not work well for some people right away since it takes some time to perfect, but if done on a consistent basis, it will eventually catch on.
Let Your Friends/Roommates Know To Keep It Down
Roommates and family members (especially young children) tend to forget how loud they really are sometimes, and make for sure fire at-home distractions throughout the day. However, by simply reminding them you need at least some peace and quiet, they too can be silenced.
While messy work environments may seem innocent on the surface, they present more distractions throughout the day than most people realize. By affecting your mindset and state of being in the unconscious way that it does, a messy environment can destroy your productivity and take control of your focus.
However, by organizing your work station, home, or office, these distractions become a thing of the past. This is because with no nearby clutter or mess to grab hold of your attention, your brain has nothing to focus on other than the task at hand.
Filing cabinets, tagged notebooks, and storage spaces help with organization significantly, and are resources used by many people.
Rent Out An Office, or Find A Quiet Place
Though it may not be in some of our budgets, renting out an office space is a guaranteed way to disconnect from the outside world, and will give you all the time you need to complete your work. In fact, some people even go as far as to sound proof their office, assuring themselves that no outside noises will enter, and that no distractions will occur while they are working. However, if an office space is not something you can afford at the moment, quiet places such as coffee shops and libraries can also help.
Create A Schedule
By just writing out a simple hour-to-hour schedule for yourself each morning, many psychological improvements can occur, and many outside distractions can be easily avoided. Additionally, if done on a consistent enough basis, your brain will get in the mindset of “what gets scheduled, gets done”, making the tasks you need to tackle a high priority and allowing you to focus solely on them while avoiding any other things that may come up.
Considering the fact that manually writing things down on paper is proven to be one of the best ways of remembering to complete them, schedules will keep you organized and help with procrastination as well.
It is truly amazing how much you can get done by avoiding daily distractions, and staying focused for longer periods of time. In addition to helping with your overall productivity, effectiveness, and mental state, increasing your focus can help with your mood as well, allowing you to stay happy all throughout the day.