Working from home, whether you’re a mompreneur or working for an employer, can be challenge and filled with all kinds of distractions. With the holiday season gearing up, I have already found myself lacking focus and as a result, not getting my high priority tasks completed.
This seems to happen during Fall break and summer too! You’d think I’d have mastered managing distractions by now…but there are still days that I lose focus! But I’m here to share the things that have worked for me in the 15+ years I’ve been a mompreneur working from home.
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Best Strategy to Avoid Distractions
Ideally, the best solution for managing distractions would be to have a separate home office where you could go in and close the door behind you. But I think the majority of us work at home moms, don’t have that luxury! I used to when my girls were a lot younger and shared a room…but I felt it was important for them to have their own rooms so I gave up my home office years ago!
I’ve now taken over the entire front formal living and dining area. This space now functions as my home office, yarn storage, my workout space, a sitting area as well as our shipping command center for The Scrunchie Sisters (www.thescrunchiesisters.com) and its a dumping ground for distractions!
So when having a separate room for a home office isn’t possible, what can you do when you have work that requires concentration? Try these strategies to help you to focus on your work and avoid distractions
Set Clear Boundaries
First and foremost its important to communicate with your family about your working hours. Establish clear boundaries to minimize interruptions during designated work times. This may include setting specific breaks for family interactions and making sure everyone understands the importance of respecting the time you need to get stuff done.
Put Up a Free Standing Barrier
If possible, put a screen or divider up around your workspace. I have a photo backdrop that I will sometimes use when I’m on calls. But something like this would work much better. And if you wanted something a little more stylish, something like this bifold screen is nice too. The key thing here is creating a designated work area that you can go to to get things done.
Wear Headphones to Focus and Avoid Distractions
Sometimes the obvious solution is the one that’s most effective. I personally have used my Beats headphones because not only do they allow me to listen to music, if the work I’m doing is condusive to music…but also, they are obvious enough that my family knows I am working when I have them on.
Embrace Technology Wisely
While technology can be a source of distraction, it can also be a powerful tool for managing your work environment. Consider using productivity apps, time-tracking tools, or website blockers to help you stay on track.
It would also be helpful to create a daily schedule or to-do list to prioritize tasks. Knowing what needs to be accomplished each day can help you stay focused and reduce the temptation of procrastination or getting sidetracked by non-essential activities. If you tend to get sucked into scrolling social media, there’s an extension for Google Chrome called NewsFeed Eradicator. This will basically prevent you from scrolling the newsfeed.
Within your schedule, set specific periods for checking emails and social media to prevent constant interruptions.
Post a Busy or Do Not Disturb Sign
If you have some sort of wall or something nearby, you can post a Do Not Disturb sign to serve as a reminder for family members. I found the one below, printed & laminated it and then stuck on the side of my desk.
On theory, this would totally work right? Well, it would if you actually filled it out and then communicated its purpose to your family members. Which I’ll admit, I never did. So this one wasn’t very effective for me.
Incorporating these strategies into your daily routine as a mompreneur working from home can significantly enhance your productivity and minimize distractions. You can also try these tips. By creating a dedicated workspace, setting clear boundaries, prioritizing tasks, using technology wisely, and practicing mindfulness, you can strike a balance between your professional and personal responsibilities.
Remember, each individual’s work environment is unique, so feel free to tailor these strategies to best suit your needs. Experiment with different approaches and discover what works best for you. By implementing these practices consistently, you’ll be better equipped to navigate the challenges of working from home and enjoy a more focused and productive workday.