Working from home may seem like a dream come true. But ask anyone who does it and chances are they’ll say that the one big problem is staying focused. It’s all too easy to get distracted as you’re not in a traditional work environment. The problem is, every time you pop off to do something that isn’t work, your business suffers. Here’s our list of the top 10 ways you can stay focused make sure you can make working from home work for you.
Have a designated space to work
Try and make sure you’ve got a defined place that separates home from work. It’ll help stop you getting distracted by jobs that need doing around the house! It also means at the end of the day, you can ‘step away from work’ and enjoy being at home.
Make it look professional
Make your work space look like one. This doesn’t mean it has to be grey or dull. In fact, quite the opposite, you’re going to be spending all day there, so it needs to be appealing.
Don’t have any distractions
Remember when you were young and used to have homework? You’d find something else to do instead. Well, the same can happen when you’re working from home. Doing something else can look more interesting. So, turn off the TV, don’t do any online shopping and no texting friends.
Just do work that pays
If it’s not paid work, don’t do it. The washing might need doing, but it can wait.
Work to a schedule
OK, one of the advantages of working from home is that you don’t have to clock on and off, but it can help to have structure to your day. Aim to start and finish at set times, then try and stick to them.
Dress for work
Working in your pyjamas may at first seem like the perfect way to spend your day, but it isn’t motivating – in fact, quite the opposite. Make sure you’re dressed for work even if no one is actually going to see you.
We’ve mentioned not being distracted, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take breaks. You need to step away from a computer screen or paperwork from time to time so you can relax and re-energize yourself.
Prioritise your work
Make sure you’re doing what’s most important. Do what brings real value to your business first, then everything else second.
Don’t just work from home. Get out there and meet customers as well as people who do a similar job as you. Go to conferences and workshops which can help you share ideas and learn from others.
Would you get more done if you weren’t working from home? If the answer’s yes, then perhaps you’d be better off getting a business premise. Running a business from home isn’t right for everyone.