How To Stay Focused And Productive While Working At Home

Staying focused has been one of the biggest challenges for me since starting my own business. My mind is constantly going a million miles a minute. There is so much to do each day, and there never seems to be enough time to do it all. It has often gotten to the point where I end up doing nothing, because I am afraid to start. Then when I do start, I’ll be on a roll, and something will distract me like a Facebook or Instagram notification.

By pushing through a hard learning curve, and figuring out better ways to manage my time, I have come up with a system. Today I will share a few simple ways to stay focused and be more productive while working at home. 

How To Stay Focused And Productive While Working At Home

Create A Space That Inspires You

This is super important. You want to create an office space that inspires you. Even if you live in 400 sq ft, you can create a nook for yourself to work in. Incorporate plants, and set up near a window to soak in the natural light during the day. Play peaceful, relaxing music to help you stay focused. This way, you will always work in the same spot, creating a routine.

Get An Early Start

The agony of waking up early, is something most of us can agree we all love to avoid when possible. I’ve never been a morning person, but I’ve found, the more I practice getting up early, the easier it becomes.

When I wake up at a decent hour in the morning, I have more time and energy to accomplish what needs to be done during the day. Eating breakfast, furthers this energy, and gives my brain the fuel it needs to get started and stay focused.

Get Dressed For The Day

Sounds simple, but it really will improve your productivity levels. Staying in your pajamas or yoga pants may sound enjoyable, but it will make you feel sleepy and lazy. I always feel more awake and fresh when I do my hair and makeup too. Put on an outfit that you would for any other office job so it forces your brain to feel like it’s in work mode.

Make A Reusable Checklist

I love lists! By making a list, you give yourself goals to accomplish. They provide an organized way for you to remember what needs to be done for the day and prioritize what should be finished first. They also help eliminate the urge to procrastinate because you can visually see what needs to be done. While you work, refer to the list often, and cross off any goals that you accomplish.

Allocate Your Time

Determine which tasks on your list are the hardest. Tackle these first. You will feel more accomplished when they are finished, and will have the motivation to breeze through the rest of the tasks. Or, you might prefer to do the opposite and start with the easiest tasks first. Regardless, you still need to pick a group of tasks, and allocate the time to do them. No Procrastination!

Work In Intervals

Try to work in only 60 minute intervals, taking a 10 minute break in between. This will give your body a sense of urgency to accomplish a task in the allotted time frame. By taking a break, you give your brain a rest, and a chance to process the information you just absorbed. A break will also defeat any boredom that may occur while working, and allow you to stay focused.

Complete One Task At A Time

I’ll say it, and I’ll say it again. Stop multi-tasking! We all do it – talking on the phone while cooking dinner, responding to emails  during a meeting, checking Facebook while out with friends, but that doesn’t mean that we should. Multi-tasking will generate mistakes and will cause you to take longer to complete both tasks. By completing one task at a time, you will accomplish more and most importantly, stay focused.

Turn Off Notifications

Not just on your phone, but on your computer too. There is nothing worse than being interrupted and distracted while in the middle of doing something. It can throw you completely off your game.

How do you stay focused and productive? Share in the comments below.

8 Comments
  • Helen Taranowski

    February 19, 2015 at 6:48 am Reply

    Great advice. Being afraid to start is also one of my issues. Not multitasking is very important for me. When I need to focus on something then the phone, email and social media are all shut down. I also am strict about making sure I don’t work after about 7pm, so I get time to relax with my partner.

  • Helen Taranowski

    February 19, 2015 at 7:12 am Reply

    Great advice. Being afraid to start is one of the areas I also struggle with. Not multitasking is definitely important. When I’m working on something where I need to focus, the phone, email and social media are all switched off. I’m also pretty strict about stopping work at around 7pm every evening so that I can spend time relaxing with my partner.

  • Kat

    February 19, 2015 at 7:34 am Reply

    This is what I need to read every morning at the start of my day. Get up early – check. Get sidetracked and wonder where the rest of the day went … I love your number 4 – I think those short time slots and breaks are uber important! Thanks for wiring 😉

  • Nicola Gaughan

    February 20, 2015 at 8:10 am Reply

    Good tips, which I should, but don’t always follow. Some days I find I’m so engrossed in one task that I don’t move from the desk in hours and then when i do I feel really stiff

    • moosestudio

      February 21, 2015 at 5:40 am Reply

      I always have to remind myself to get up, stretch and look at something else besides the computer screen!

  • Carrie Eddins

    February 20, 2015 at 1:13 pm Reply

    Really great advice, what I needed to read today, as I am having trouble focussing, thanks so much, really helpful!! 🙂

  • kimberly

    February 20, 2015 at 4:30 pm Reply

    Great Ideas. I done a post on my blog have shared some similar ideas on “Managing that never-ending housework”

    • moosestudio

      February 21, 2015 at 5:38 am Reply

      I need to read that! I seriously hate doing laundry!

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