Have you ever found it really hard to concentrate while working at home? Maybe the television is calling you to watch the latest episode of your favorite show or the dirty laundry in the hamper is just screaming, “Wash me now”!! Another problem that may exist is that the bed is in such close proximity it may be extremely tempting to go back to sleep for just a little bit. With any obstacle however there are solutions and ways to keep your mind focused. Below are six tips to help beat losing concentration while working at home
- Meditate. Ok I want you to sit on the floor, cross your legs, put your two fingers of each hand together, close your eyes, and take deep breaths. Well ok, it doesn’t have to be exactly like that but you get the picture. Meditation has been known to reduce anxiety and decrease stress levels, as well as provide numerous other benefits.
- Take regular breaks. Even though you are working at home it is essential to get up and take a moment away from your work at regular intervals.
- Take a walk or a run, depending on how ambitious you are feeling. Exercise has been known to increase endorphins and help clear your mind.
4. Have a work area that is away from distractions and clutter free. This one is pretty self-explanatory, but if the t.v. is just staring at you while you are working, it may be easier to give in to temptation.
5. Have a creative outlet for stress.
6. Get plenty of sleep. Having a good night’s rest is vital to having a great day. This includes your productivity and concentration when you work.
7. Put on a song that you love and have a quick singing at the top of your lungs moment.
Although some of these tips may be obvious, sometimes the simplest things are most easily forgotten!
Now that you are working from home, your schedule may be very different than a typical 9-5 job. If your work-at-home job allows you to determine your own schedule, then try to find out which hours of the day are the most productive and convenient for you to work. Some people are night owls who work better at night, and others wake up in the morning invigorated with a fresh mind and are ready to start working.
It is important to have consistency in what time you start and finish your work, but that is not always feasible, as life can take on unexpected turns. Sometimes a range of times to start and finish is better than strict times. It allows for you to take care of other small things around the house or for the family. You should also schedule bouts of time for entertainment or times with your family intermittently throughout the day so your brain doesn’t explode.
In addition to daily schedules, think about schedules based on other time-intervals. These include weekly, monthly, and annual schedules. Creating milestones of your goals will help keep your schedules up-to-date and make it easier to update them as needed. One way to create these schedules is to base them off of yearly goals and then break them down into monthly goals, then weekly goals, and then daily goals. If you want to break it down even more for you minute detail oriented folks, you could set hourly goals.
One such example would be that of owning your own pen-selling business. Your overall goal is to increase the income of your business until it reaches $400,000 a year so you can retire early and take care of your family. By what time do you want to accomplish this goal? In the following year, set a goal that will help you reach this goal ultimately: An example is “This year, I want my company to make $200,000”. Now how would you accomplish this? You would need to produce more pens, and get more people to buy your pens, all the while keeping your costs as low as possible and the quality of your service as high as possible. Now you can only make so many pens yourself. Your monthly goal could be “I want to hire two new employees that are skilled at making my unique pens and are very quick. Also I want to increase the exposure of my company on the internet and locally.” Your weekly goal could be “I need to put up ten ads and talk to at least 20 people this week in order to find the two right candidates for making these pens. I also need to hire an experienced web developer who is also good at marketing to create a website for me that will sell my pens.” Your goal for today could be “Make 50 pens and schedule 5 interviews for candidates for making the pens. Try to reach out to 5 web developers online. Tell them about the business and ask about their services.”
Hopefully this has given you things to think about when creating a schedule for your work.