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Staying Focused When You’re Working From Home

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Working from home has become the new normal, especially as the pandemic has hit people all over the world. While working from home can be highly productive, it can also go miserably wrong, which means if you do not have a proper office space or schedule, it’s easy to get distracted and get little done. 

Benefits and challenges of working from home

Over time, working from home has found favor amongst people. According to a 2019 survey, 1,004 full-time employees across the US, including 505 remote workers, found that employees who worked from home worked an average of 16.8 more days every year than those in an office. 

The benefits of home working: 

  • You don’t want to suffer from distractions of office life, such as phone calls, meetings, or any other interruptions from colleagues. 
  • Being able to adjust your working environment to match your preferences and needs, which can help you be more productive.

While we have spoken of benefits, there are some challenges as well: 

  • Working from home can have its own distractions, especially if people or pets are nearby
  • Sometimes, it’s easy to get distracted and be unproductive, when there is no supervision. 
  • Working from home creates an ‘always-on’ mindset, causing people to work too long and much harder. 
  • Also, working from home is not for everyone. So, try and assess if you like this or not – some people prefer a busy office environment. 

Now if you are sure of working from home, here are some tips to enhance your productivity: 

  • Try and motivate yourself – self-motivation techniques can help you boost your confidence and also assist in positive thinking. 
  • Next, minimize distractions. Sometimes, you may get caught up in household chores, at times there may be interruptions from family and friends. 
  • Reward yourself;  find ways to make each task more enjoyable and reward yourself. You can give yourself treats when you’re done with a task. 
  • Control your social media: You might want to mute some notifications since they might distract you. Allocate time slots for checking your phone. 
  • Put down your goals: Also, it is best to list your task-related goals, so that you can keep a track of what you are doing throughout the day. 
  • Create a workspace that is comfortable, and where you enjoy spending time. This way you can stay on top of your game and get things done more efficiently. 

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