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7 ways to prevent distractions whilst working from home

Steven Cheeseman

Steven Cheeseman | Senior Digital Marketing Executive

Wednesday 28th Aug, 2019

As a limited company contractor there are huge benefits to working from home. You can avoid the long commute and all the rush hour hustle and bustle, you don’t need to deal with the office politics which can be really tricky and sometimes stressful to navigate and you can even avoid the office cold that does the rounds every few months.

Working from home means that you can really concentrate on the work that you’re passionate about. It offers greater freedom and flexibility, but it can also have its drawbacks in that it’s easier to be affected by distractions you just don’t have in an office.

Here we explore 7 easy ways to limit distractions whilst working from home...

1. Separate work from leisure

If you’re working from home the temptation to turn on the TV on and watch This Morning is real. So is suddenly finding the inspiration to tidy up the living room after the night before. It’s wise to dedicate a room in your house to work, whether it be a home office or just the dining room table. Set up in your home office and shut the door on the rest of the house. Keep distractions to a minimum, log off Facebook and crack on. You’ll be surprised at how productive you can be.

2. Plan your time

One of the main benefits of working from home is that you can tailor your working hours to suit you. If you’re more productive in the afternoon, then take the morning off and start your day at lunchtime. Play to your strengths. You know yourself better than anyone else. If you’re concentration waivers by 5pm, start earlier and make sure you’re done by 4:30pm.

3. Is the task suitable?

Think about the tasks you need to do and ask yourself where is best to complete them? If you split your time between working from home and an office location then maybe working this way will help alleviate distractions from colleagues in a office. If you’re working on a project which requires assistance from others then it may be better to save this for when you’re together and can free-flow ideas with your colleagues.

4. Stay organised

It can be really easy to misplace documents or folders. Perhaps you carried a report you were reading into the kitchen then completely forgot about it whilst you were opening your own mail? Invest in some storage boxes or folders so that you can keep all your work safe and separate from your home life.

5. Dress to work 

It may seem silly to advise that you dress accordingly whilst working from home – but this is all to do with your own mindset. If you’re working in your pajamas it can blur the lines between being at home for leisure and for work. If you wake up and put on some professional clothing it can help you prepare to work mentally. Give it a try, you may be surprised.

6. Don't start bad habits

If you usually wake up at 7am and start work in the office at 9am then try and stick to this routine when you’re working from home. It can be really tempting to lie in and open your laptop in bed at the last minute, but in actual fact this can really throw off your body clock and routine. Stay focused and work from home professionally.

7. Prepare your lunch

The last thing people think of when working from home is how lunchtime can really impact productivity. When you’re in the office you wouldn’t dream of pulling out pots and pans and making an elaborate lunch, but when you’re at home you may be a little more inclined to treat yourself. Why not prepare your lunch the night before, so all you have to do it heat it up, or unwrap a sandwich? That way you won’t get distracted with the washing up or starting on other chores around the house.

Whilst following our hints and tips above will help you to avoid the everyday distractions, as a limited company contractor, you also have the added distraction of managing your limited company however that’s where PayStream can help.

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