WFH: How To Really Focus
With 'Coronagate' in full swing and most of the world now either working from home or completely furloughed, I wanted to just drop some little tips on how to focus when attempting to work from home. For lots of people this is a complete new and very unusual way of working so it's understandable that you are struggling to focus when there's so many other temptations around you; Netflix, pets, partners, kids, food! You name it.
As someone who has worked from home, for the most part, for a while I completely understand how easy it can be to give in and not really know how to get focussed on something when it seems there are a million other things going on around you that need your attention too.
Put Your Phone Away
The most distracting item of them all, your phone. Scrolling through social media and TikTok (I know, it's hilarious!) and losing around 2-3 hours at a time doing this isn't ideal when you have to focus on something. There's also the added distraction of your friends and family messaging and calling you a lot because they are now at home too just like you. There are a few things you can do to minimise the distraction of your phone- leave it another room so it's not there to just pick up, let the battery go flat so you can't use it or, if it must be in the room with you because of work calls, put it at the other end of the room; out of sight and away from grabbing distance.
Have A Dedicated Work Space
It's all well and good sitting on the sofa or at the tiny kitchen table to work but having a dedicated work space is probably one of the top tips I have on being able to focus solely on your work. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a spare room to be able to convert into an office space but, choose wisely away from TV's and anything that will make you think of doing anything but work. Reserve that space for working only. Try not to bring that work space into your home life and vice-versa.
Create A Schedule
No doubt if you're still working your normal job then there will be a rough schedule of things to do anyway but, set your own version. It doesn't have to be a minute by minute account of your full day but just something basic dedicating certain times to certain tasks. Do the most important or hardest jobs first, get them out of the way while you're feeling eager in the mornings. If you need to call people, schedule those in too. It keeps more than one of you accountable then too.
Take Regular Breaks
Take that gym break at lunchtime or take that coffee break at 10am. Your breaks are just as important as the work you're doing. You can't be expected to sit for 8 hours straight without any breaks. Make sure these breaks are pre-planned and timed. Don't be tempted to turn your 30 minute lunch break into a 3 hour PlayStation session.
Know When To Stop
Something a lot of us don't know what to do is know when to stop. I've been there myself, working until late at night just getting that 'one last thing' done. It's not good. If you usually finish at 5pm normally, then finish at 5pm. Happen to get everything done before 5pm? Great! Clock out early; but do not be tempted to keep going into the evening and late on if this isn't your usual routine.
Working from home isn't easy so by creating some focus and removing distractions you will be amazed how much you actually get done!