Remote work is on the rise, in the United States and many places around the world. In 2018, 3.9 million Americans worked from home. Whether you’ve landed a job that allows you to work remotely or you’ve started a business from home, avoiding distractions can be the toughest part. You’re at home, so you’ll probably start looking at those piles of laundry feeling guilty that it needs to get done, your spouse might ask you to help with a chore, or perhaps your dog keeps nagging at you to play.
Whatever distractions tend to get in the way, these tips can help you avoid them so you can get your work accomplished.
Create an Office
Having a private office space is truly essential. If you’re looking at moving to a new home, you might want to search for a place, perhaps among the Phoenix houses for sale, that include a separate office space. If you can afford to upgrade, a home that has an extra bedroom may be ideal. For those who can’t and don’t already have a spare bedroom, it is possible to incorporate an office into your bedroom, or even the garage. Building a “she shed” or a “man cave” behind your home is another idea that just might work.
It may be tempting to stay in your pajamas all day, after all, many consider that one of the perks of working from home. All you have to do is wake up, enjoy a little coffee and perhaps some breakfast and get started. The reality is, even though you don’t have to make the trip to an office, by getting yourself together as if you were, it can help keep you motivated to work throughout the day.
Hire a Nanny
If you’re a stay-at-home mom working remotely, you’ll be a lot more productive if you can hire a nanny or a sitter, even if it’s only part time. Although you may have chosen to work from home so that you could be with your child, sometimes that just isn’t possible without some help. Even when you work remotely, you’re likely to have to attend conference calls, web meetings and the like, which can be impossible with a little one crying or begging for your attention.
Let your family know when you will be working and unavailable, otherwise, they’ll naturally assume they can interrupt anytime they like. If possible, try and stick to a schedule so they don’t need to be told on a daily basis. Remember that boundaries aren’t just for your spouse and children, they’re for you too. Once you’re off the clock, don’t come back to work in the evening to check your email or do other tasks or there’s a good chance you’ll end up feeling burned out. Set that time aside for self-care or to be fully present with your loved ones.
While 3.9 million Americans may sound like a lot of people working remotely, it’s just 2.9% of the U.S. workforce. Be grateful that you are not stuck in the morning commute and are comfortable in your own home. Appreciating how good you have may be incentive enough to keep going and block out any distractions.