Remote work was gaining popularity even before the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020. In the past five years there has been a 44% growth in the number of people who work from home. Before the pandemic began, the United States had 7 million people working remotely.
With the world-wide pandemic working from home has become the new normal. Let’s take a look at how you can focus on your work when your home is now your office.
How to Focus on Your Work
Whether you are self-employed, launching an online business, doing remote work, or have been forced into working at home during the coronavirus pandemic, it is important to stay on task. Here are some key elements in making sure you focus on your work.
You Need a Work Schedule and Workspace
One of the key elements is to have a work schedule and stick to it. It doesn’t matter whether you work from home on a 9 am to 5 pm schedule or some other set of hours. Whatever schedule works for you is fine, but stick to it.
Have a dedicated workspace that is “business only.” This helps your mind separate home from work. If you have an office or spare bedroom you can set up with a desk and close the door, that is best. If not it can be any location where you have your computer, office supplies, and anything needed to do your job.
Dress for work – this doesn’t mean you have to wear business attire and makeup, but you should follow a basic routine as if you were leaving your home. Take a shower, get dressed, brush your teeth, shave, and comb your hair. You will feel more energized and ready to focus.
Don’t Let Distractions Suck You In
Creating a work schedule and sticking to it will help you stay focused at work. Letting distractions such as household tasks, chatting on the phone, or checking social media can easily suck you in. The next thing you know half your workday is gone and you haven’t accomplished anything.
Take breaks during your workday to re-energize your brain. This can be a 10-minute break to read a book to a child, take a walk around the block, or get yourself something to drink. Make sure you take lunch breaks away from your desk.
Separate Home and Work
Don’t forget to “clock out” at the end of your workday and enjoy personal and family time. Do not let the barrier between your two worlds mingle.
The flexible schedule of remote work is considered the greatest benefit of 40% of the people who work from home. Sixteen percent of companies hire remote workers only.
Establish Your Plan
The benefit of working from home is being able to set up your office the way you like it, setting your own time schedule, and the cost savings on a work wardrobe, lunches on the road, and commute expenses.
The number of people working from home has increased by 140% since 2005, with 18% of people doing full-time remote work. Work from home is becoming a new normal.
Establish your work plan. Get your mindset on work, whether it is organizing your desk, writing a to-do list, or prioritizing your projects. You are now ready to focus on your work.
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