Working from home? Here are five ways to stay focused

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The way we work has transformed. Employers now offer a working from home option or hybrid arrangements that provide jobseekers with flexibility. While working from home has many benefits, it’s not for everyone. It can be challenging to stay focused. We’ve put together our top tips to help you navigate the challenges that come with working from home.

1. Have a dedicated workspace.

Having a dedicated workspace is important if you want to stay focused on your work. Whether it’s a home office or desk in your living room – this needs to be in a place where you won’t be distracted or disturbed by others. Having a physical workspace helps your brain switch from home to work mode. If space allows, you should have all your work tools set up much the same as if you were working from the office. That way, you’ll be creating a space that you can walk into and leave each day – helping you to turn off once the work is done.

2. Don’t get waylaid by household chores.

Less time commuting to and from the office may mean you get more done around the house. However, household chores shouldn’t be creeping into your workday. If you’re tempted to start cleaning or tidying whilst you’re working – don’t. Instead, make a to-do list and diary the chores for a break or after work. It’s important to be disciplined and maintain a work/home separation if you want to be productive.

3. Motivate with rewards.

Some people find it hard to motivate themselves when they’re working from home. If you’re working on a project basis rather than 9-5, it can be tempting to procrastinate and leave things until the last minute. Using a reward system can be helpful. For example, today I will work for six hours and then I’ll hit the gym, meet a friend for coffee, finish my favourite series etc. This is a good pattern to establish from the outset – don’t reward yourself first though!

4. Be part of the team.

Employers that offer hybrid and work from home opportunities often have a range of initiatives. This is to ensure employees feel connected to their co-workers and the company. If you want to stay focused and be seen as an important part of the team, make sure to seize all these opportunities. Along with helping you stay on track and feel connected to the business, team interaction is a great tool for bouncing ideas off people and continuing to develop your skills.

5. Stay connected.

Working from a company office allows us to connect with people every day, but working from home can be isolating. When we’re feeling isolated, we’re less productive and less motivated. Our mental wellbeing can also be impacted. If you don’t have the opportunity to interact with work colleagues in real life, make sure you schedule some form of interaction into you working week. It might be a weekly lunch out or one day a week at a co-working space. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s enough to keep you feeling like you are a part of the big wide world.

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