WHY MOST PEOPLE STRUGGLE TO STAY PRODUCTIVE
There are two big reasons why people struggle to stay productive:
distractions and lack of motivation.
ELIMINATING THE DISTRACTIONS
This is certainly easier said than done, especially if you’re a work-at-home
parent. After all, the point of working at home is to be available for your
family when they need you, right?
WRITE OUT A LIST OF POTENTIAL DISTRACTIONS
Sit down and write out an honest list of things that distract you while you
work. For most of us, this list could include things such as: email, social
media, texts, phone calls, instant messages, and the kids.
KEEP THE LIST IN YOUR WORK AREA
Keeping this list somewhere in your work area will help you recognize the
distractions before they become a problem. For example, close your email
box and only check it at predetermined times during the day. Sign out of
all instant messengers. Turn the phone on silent. Make sure the children
are occupied for a little while. Taking these steps means you are
consciously making the effort to remove the distractions and focus.
TALK TO OTHERS AROUND YOU
When your friends and family members learn to respect your work time,
this makes things a lot easier for you. Talk to your spouse and children (if
they’re old enough to understand) about the time you’ve dedicated to
work your hours. It is best if the people in your life can treat your work-at-
home job as if you did not set your own hours. They need to see it as a
traditional job with set hours, during which they leave you alone. They
wouldn’t call you at the office 15 times in three hours if they knew your
boss was around, would they? Give the people in your home some sort of
signal when you’re working, so they know to leave you alone unless it is
an emergency. For instance, if you have office, keep the door closed when
you’re working. The closed door is the sign your family needs to leave you
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Being productive is a skill. Any skill you obtain will require practice and
repetition to fine tune and perfect. Even the most productive people will
become distracted from time to time. If you find yourself becoming
distracted, take a few minutes to center yourself and refocus yourself on
your commitment to your client, and your business. Then, get back to
work. Eventually, it will become easier for you to re-center and focus each
time you get distracted, which in turn makes it easier to stay focused.
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