One of the most important things to remember when working from home is to avoid distractions. There are so many things around us that can be distracting so to get the necessary focus on the tasks you set yourself, it’s vital you avoid these distractions.

Avoid DistractionsSometimes you can have music in the background, which is fine as long as this doesn’t take your focus away from what is important. The worst kind of distraction is Television, especially if it’s in the same room as where you are working. The temptation to have the TV on and change channels is too much of a distraction to be healthy for your work focus. The radio could also be too much of a distraction because you could get distracted by a conversation that interests you so that you don’t finish your work task, but instead spend your time with your focus on something else. Also avoid the use of DVD movies because this is similar to TV in that your focus is towards the story and action of the movie rather than to your work. Music can be helpful to a lot of people because it provides a pleasant atmosphere and can enhance the work experience and encourage better work performance.

TV and radio are good when you are having a break from your work, but when working it’s essential you are focused on your task to completion or to where you can easily take a break and go back to complete the task.

So, what can you do when working at home to avoid these distractions? The best way is to set aside a room, or an area of a room where you can work without distraction. Working with a computer requires some time away from the screen, so plan your work tasks so you can complete your daily routine satisfactorily. You may require frequent breaks, but with correct planning and focus to the task at hand in an area where this is possible will benefit you and your business.

Should there be too many distractions, such as the things described above, your business could suffer and you could be losing money. Because there are so many potential distractions in the home environment, it’s important for you to treat your “work space” like you do an office. In the office there are no distractions like TV, Radio and the like, especially if the office is productive and busy.

In general, it’s not a good idea to have a television in your work area, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have one and listen to news, weather, or even music channels on cable or satellite. The most important thing is for you to focus on the work at hand and not the TV. If you find that you are getting interested in something that is playing on the television, then you should either record it for later, or take a break from work. If you take a break and the program is a long one, be aware that you could have to work later than planned to make sure you complete your tasks.

Avoid distractionYour work needs to be done regardless of what is on television. A distraction like this can end up causing you quite a bit of money if you are not careful, and it will be your responsibility to make sure you can handle something playing in the background. If you can listen and do your work at the same time, then you are a step ahead of most people. Don’t get caught in the trap of distraction and lack of focus on your work. The sooner you get your task completed properly, the sooner you have the rest of the day to yourself.

Avoid distractions at all costs to ensure that you get the best from your day. Focus on the tasks you set yourself each day and complete the work on schedule. That way you will have more time to spend watching TV or a movie or having a coffee with friends. One hour of good time focus on your work is ten times more valuable than a day of distraction and interruption.


To the future,

Barrie Evans