5 TIPS FOR STAYING FOCUSED IN YOUR HOME OFFICE

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5 Tips for Staying Focused in Your Home Office

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Working from home sounds like a dream.

But distractions contend with your happy ending whether it’s the constant reminder of all the household chores your neglecting or the laughing kids bouncing off the sofa in the background — how could you possibly stay focused?

We have a few tips to help you stay on track.

SCHEDULE AND PROTECT YOUR TIME

The first thing you have to do is schedule your work time and protect that time from outside distractions such as calls from friends and family or even your other chores. In pursuit of freedom and flexibility it’s easy to want to leave your time open to invites and requests, but the truth is, you have to make your work time a priority if you expect to get anything accomplished.

So mark it on your calendar and make it mandatory.

CREATE A TO-DO LIST

make a to do list

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I simply couldn’t function without a plan.  I have a wondering mind and without a solid checklist of activities I’m likely to wander off into mental outer space.  A checklist is a great way to plan ahead what is important and put your top priorities on top. When your mind starts to wander, quickly get back on track using your to do list as a placeholder.

“DO NOT DISTURB” SIGN

Plaster this sucker right on your locked door and make sure everyone knows you mean it.  Personally, I bribe my kiddos with a little extra tablet time if I have an important client call during which I can’t be disturbed.  Since they rarely get their tablets, it’s a huge treat for them and guaranteed quiet time for me.

INVEST IN HEADPHONES

invest in headphones

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There is nothing that puts me in the zone like a lit playlist.  So grab your headphones and vibe out into whatever task you’re doing.

GET A BABYSITTER

When all else fails, you need to call in reinforcements.  If you have older children who can watch their younger siblings, offer them the job. Or you can consider asking a family member, neighbor or hire a professional.

YOUR TURN TO SOUND OFF

Any tips we missed? How do you keep focused in your home office?

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