Working From Home: Survival 101

Working from may sound extremely appealing having the ability to work in the comfort of your own home with the flexibility of being your own boss and deciding your own schedule. However, just like moving out of your parents’ home, reality soon kicks. With that begin said, you shouldn’t be too comfortable to the extent you aren’t meeting deadlines. Here are some ways you can master the art of staying focus while freelancing.

Listen to focus music

Make yourself of your favorite music that gets you going and motivated to get things done. If you don’t have the time to gather some songs to a playlist let an app do it for you with just a click of a button.  There’s usually a playlist for everything. Try a station that will scientifically optimize music to boost focus and concentration whether on Pandora, Spotify, Apple music and more.

Block distraction

It may be hard not being in a typical work environment when there isn’t anyone hovering over your shoulders. Keep yourself focused by restricting access to time-wasting websites. Give yourself realistic time frames to complete a task without stopping. Turn off your notifications when from your phone and computer because it can take more than 20 minutes to return to a task after an interruption. You can set designated times to check your email to help you keep focus.

Stay away from the bedroom – Knowing you are at home you might get the urge to relax on the couch or lay in bed. To be more productive you if you do have an extra room or space transform it into a workspace. You’ll get a lot done when you are surrounded by a productive environment.

Create a list to check off  –  Nothing feels better than checking things off you to do list. Create a separate list to ensure you complete your critical tasks for the day first and the easiest task to you last with a strict deadline in mind.

Take mid-morning breaks – After writing, making calls, surfing the web or whatever your occupation entails you deserve a break! Science suggests midmorning is the best time for a break. Make the time to give your brain a rest by taking the time to do something you enjoy. Whether it’s watching your favorite 20-minute tv show, online shopping or even if its work related, for maximum effectiveness.