Our WFH – work from home – series looks at how to best work from home.
Staying “in the zone” while working is the best because you get a lot done! But how do you stay in the zone, especially if you’re working from home? Here are some tips to stay focused and motivated.
1. Minimize clutter
Having an organized desk really helps to stay on track and keep focused. By decluttering, you’re getting rid of distractions. You’re also making a work environment that’s more appealing and more manageable. More clutter could mean more mess. If you don’t have enough room for your coffee mug you could end up spilling it all over the place. So make sure you’re comfortable and have the space you need.
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2. Have a to do list
Setting a list of items to accomplish for your day will not only help you stay in the zone, but it’ll give you goals to hit. Knowing what you need to get done will save you time thinking about what you need to remember. A list is also something you can check as you go to make sure you’re being efficient with your time.
3. Avoid distractions
Distractions will slow you down and hamper your focus. Of course, some distractions like kids or pets are more difficult to avoid at home. Finding ways to minimize distractions, like using noise canceling headphones or sitting in a quiet room will help a lot.
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4. Adjust at-home appointments
Before working from home you may not think about your at-home appointments like gardeners. If you have someone who regularly comes to your home for maintenance and has a standing appointment take note. You may need to ask them to change their schedules if they’ll be making loud noises during important meetings.
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5. motivate yourself
Stay in the zone to finish your work on time! I separate my workspace at home from my hangout time at home. By having two different spaces I can look forward to finishing my work, shutting down from office mode and entering relax mode. If the day feels particularly long, give yourself some breaks and remind yourself that the workday does end. Try not to blur the lines of office and home so you can look forward to your downtime too!