Distractions are everywhere, and when you work from home as a blogger/entrepreneur, there are an abundance of things that can keep you from focusing on your daily workload. You may have deadlines, but most of the time it’s up to you to make your own schedule and ensure you follow it, which means it’s key to eliminate distractions.
These days it’s harder than ever to stay focused due to the plethora of social media, and millions of addicting websites where time just seems to slip away from you. And if you work from your kitchen table or bedroom desk, the distractions pile on as your mind drifts to think about anything and everything you could be doing around your house.
I have to admit, some days I do tend to get easily distracted, but it’s forced me to take steps to ensure that I stay focused and on track. I’ve never let it hinder my work, just my social life. For instance, instead of working super productively throughout the day, I succumb to distractions and I’m working until 11 or 12 at night, when I could have gotten it done by 6. There are ups and downs to working from home, and it takes a little while to figure out what works for you; and I’m sure I’ll keep learning along the way.
Below, 5 tips to eliminate distractions when you work from home.
Most of us have come to realize that actual self control doesn’t always work, but luckily computer masterminds took it upon themselves to make working from our laptops way less distracting. There are self control programs and apps you can download to your computer that block you from visiting websites for a certain amount of time. You create a “blacklist” of websites and no matter what, you’re not able to visit them until the time you set is up. So you can say buh-bye to Pinterest and Facebook for the next 6 hours.
GET OUT OF THE HOUSE
Here’s a list of some of the things that go through my head when I work from my house on any given day:
“I’m hungry, I should make a snack”
“The kitchen looks dirty, I should probably clean it while I’m in here”
“I might as well watch something on TV while I clean and eat my snack”
“My dog looks like she needs a walk, I’ll take her after this show is over”
“That walk made me cold, maybe I should shower”
“I need some tea, I’ll make some and then get back to work!”
“Now I’m hungry again”
Okay, so a lot of days I’m way more focused than that, but working from the comfort of your own home can be SO distracting. Setting up shop at a local café or library allows you to focus on your work rather than think about all the things you can do around your house. And in my experience, being in a different environment inspires me more than sitting at home day after day. You can take these opportunities to explore your neighbourhood and try out hidden local hot spots!
EAT PROPERLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY
Eating a hearty, nutrient-filled breakfast and lunch will keep you fuelled and on track as you work away. Hunger is one of my biggest distractions, whether I’m actually hungry or using it as a procrastination tool (see above).
The days I eat a big, healthy breakfast and lunch, I’m much more likely to be productive and stay focused. Eating nutritious snacks is also great, such as hummus and veggies or yogurt with nuts and berries. Just try to plan your snacks so you’re not mindlessly nibbling.
Breaks are really important. Whether it’s a fifteen-minute break to get outside or a longer break around lunch hour, scheduling breaks keeps you from going stir crazy. You should also try to get a workout in each day. Exercising on your break, whether it’s a short walk or a full out cardio session at lunch, boosts your creativity, mood and productivity. This will make you more focused and inspired when you sit back down to work.
KEEP YOUR PHONE OUT OF SIGHT
For me, this one is huge! I get SO distracted by my phone whether it’s reading, sending or responding to texts, scrolling Instagram, or reading the latest tweets. Even if I have it with me at the table, face down, I still look at it consistently as a force of habit. Seriously, it’s bad.
If your phone is a big distraction, keep it out of sight, either in another room, or, if you’re at a café, keep it in your bag at your feet or on the chair across from you. Having it out of sight will make it much less of a temptation.
Do you have any tips on how to eliminate distractions? Let me know in the comments below!
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