Updated: Mar 30
Distractions are a part of life no matter where you work but if your goal is to work fewer hours while maintaining your full-time income, then it’s time to identify your distractions and time wasters.
Evaluate your work space. Are there distractions that are keeping you from getting your work done? Can those distractions be removed or avoided?
Enforce your business hours with your family and friends. No more phone calls from your bestie when you’re supposed to be working. Tell mom you have limited time for lunch. No hair appointments during work hours.
Turn off your computer notifications and shut down computer windows you don’t need for work. If you’re focused on one task, you don’t need to know what your Facebook friends are doing every two seconds. Likewise, shut down email and Skype. Enforce those boundaries you set with your co-workers and check email messages only at certain times during the day.
Your smartphone is likely a distraction so try keeping it out of arm’s reach to avoid checking notifications all the time. Better yet, turn the ringer off while you work for your scheduled block of time. If you’re worried about missing an important call, keep the ringer on but set it across the room or in a hallway and use the caller id before answering.
Are household chores your nemesis but you’re working at home? They are a necessary evil but should not take up your work hours unless you have them time blocked in your day. However, save the big, time-consuming chores for the evenings or weekends; business hour chores should be easy and quick, like emptying the dishwasher, wiping down the counters, or doing a load of laundry.
Decluttering your workspace will also work wonders for your psyche and productivity. Clutter is a visual distraction and can sap your energy immediately upon entering a room. If your office space is a throw-all room, take time to find a place for everything and enforce this boundary with your family and with yourself. Don’t just drop a bunch of papers on the desk; file them immediately, toss in the garbage, or shred them if they contain personal information.
The key here is to set yourself up for success with a dedicated work space and an atmosphere that makes you happy and calm. Maybe that’s playing your favorite music in the background, burning a scented candle or meditating for 15 minutes before starting your work. Experiment to find your optimal work atmosphere.
Blessings & Love,
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