What can you do to minimize the distractions and be more productive?
There are four keys to creating a home office environment that allows you to minimize those distractions and stay focused.
1. Choose your location carefully.
Do you have an extra room you can use for your home office? A room with a door is a good place to setup your home office since you can literally shut out the distractions by closing your door.
If you’re creating your office space in a room that will serve more than one purpose, choose a room that will allow you to still close out interruptions and stay focused when needed.
You might also setup a “portable office” with your laptop computer, business binder and other necessary tools and resources that you can take with you to wherever you choose to work. A coffee shop or the library can provide a quite environment to allow you to get away and focus when needed.
If you don’t have an extra room or the flexibility to allow you to get away, then plan your working hours for a quiet time. Work early in the morning, late in the evenings, or whatever time your home has the fewest distractions.
2. Set working hours.
One of the best ways to minimize interruptions is to set regular working hours. Allow your phone calls to go to voice mail if needed and let your family know that when you’re “in the office” you need as much time to focus as possible so you’re only to be interrupted if it’s urgent. It’s necessary to set reasonable boundaries when you work from home.
3. Create a work environment conducive to focus and productivity.
What can you do to create a work space that supports you in focusing? Soft music? Quiet? Brightly colored decor? Know what inspires you and helps you stay on task and incorporate those elements into your office.
4. Keep a balance between work and family.
If you find that you’re frequently interrupted by family entering your work space, you need an action plan to help you keep the balance. It may be that you’re not setting aside enough family time. If you have young children it can work to set a timer or create a visual schedule that allows them to see exactly when you’ll be ready to take a break from work and play.
Have you used these strategies? Do they work for you? Or, what else works for you? Please share in the comments!