This year has had plenty of ups and downs – and all of us will know that only one half of that sentence is true. We have all been forced to adapt in some way or another to these turbulent circumstances. More and more kids have started home-schooling, and those who have not may as well, as most of them are probably forced to work from home anyway.
But children are not the only ones being forced to work remotely for the safety of themselves and others. Mum and dad are probably also dusting off their old laptops and making themselves a nice ramshackle office space in that unused corner of the living room, clack-clacking away as if nothing has changed at all.
Of course, this could not be further from the truth. We would like to offer whatever help we can in getting you – yes, you reading this when you should be working – adjusted to your home office space in order to maintain your usual standard of productivity. So let’s look at some of the best tips on staying focused when working from home.
Find Yourself a Dedicated Workspace
That unused corner of the living room can be all you need, but if the little ones are running in and out all day (when they should be doing homework, mind you), it is going to do little for your productivity levels.
Similarly, if you find yourself surrounded by one too many tantalizing distractions, it is high time that you relocate.
We suggest making use of a separate, relatively distraction-free room, though we know that ample space can be difficult to come by sometimes. Wherever you are, try to eliminate as many distractions as possible, and make sure that you only use that area for work.
Stay Away from Social Media
We would all like to say that we are not addicted to the dopamine rush of opening your social media feed, whether it be Instagram or Facebook. Unfortunately, most of us, so we know how difficult this can be to truly implement effectively.
Keeping as far away from your phone as possible is one way to do it, but this becomes infeasible if you need to make business calls all day.
Instead, we suggest making use of this lovely little Chrome extension called StayFocusd, which – as the name implies – will help you to stay focused and will do a pretty good job at keeping you as far away from social media as possible.
Try to Look the Part
Because you will not be going out to the office every day, those lovely suits and pencil skirts can quickly become a home to mothballs and start to collect dust. But we reckon that just because you are not leaving the home, it does not mean that you do not need to dress for work.
We know how strange this sounds; you are at home, you may as well not get undressed out of your pajamas. But we find that there is something reassuring about getting dressed in the morning, something that just puts you in the mood to work.
Obviously, we do not expect this tip to work for everyone, but it may be worth a try if, day after day, you find yourself with nothing to show for your work besides a few added stains to that same pajama set you have been wearing for the past week now.
Schedule, Schedule, Schedule
It has been hammered into us enough at this point that schedules are excellent things to keep, so we will not waste any time explaining its benefits.
Rather, let this serve as a reminder to create a schedule for yourself and stick to it.
A lot has changed, and while some people can make working from home seem like a breeze, we know that it can be quite the challenge maintaining that same focus and discipline you would usually have in your usual office environment.
Hopefully, at least some of these tips will be of some help. We know how difficult it can be to work from home without indulging in any of its comforts and joys (this plucky young writer especially). But try to stay the course, and we are sure that you will come out of this on top.