Avoid Getting Distracted When Working Remotely
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Working from anywhere you wish can be one of the most freeing experiences we can experience. The ability to choose your schedule may free you from the shackles of a traditional work experience. That being said, there is also a downside to working from the luxury of wherever you wish. Having as much freedom as you do when working remotely can ensure that you become distracted very easily from your work. Usually, we all fall victim to our phones, getting caught in the addictive loop of endlessly scrolling. Elsewhere, we might physically procrastinate and do other household tasks that distract us from having to deal with our workload. Luckily, in this short article, we’ll be going over just some of the most effective tips to avoid getting distracted when working remotely.
Join Up With a Coworking Group in a Coworking Space
Being surrounded by people while you work isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, it can become negative when the people you’re surrounded by aren’t working. This is why a coworking space would be perfect, as you’ll be surrounded by others but they’ll be there for the same reason you are, to get work done! With that being said, it is important to ensure the coworking group you’ll be joining fits for you, as they are all different experiences from one other.
Restrict Your Access to the Internet
The number one hindrance to working these days is the internet. It sucks you in and is designed to keep you there for as long as possible, and we all fall victim to it. This is why installing a tool to block your access to the internet whilst you work could be of massive benefit to those of us who are unable to resist the temptation of social media whilst we try and work. The internet is one of the best tools to us, but also one of the greatest distractors when it comes to holding us back from doing our best work daily. Social media is a killer of progress as it is specifically designed to suck away hours of our life toward meaningless screen activity. Avoiding the loop of social media can be key in getting more progress done not just in work but also just in your development as a person.
For those of us who are chaotic when it comes to our important tasks, this can easily distract us. Organizing your priorities in terms of work can help you focus your mind on what tasks to do next in what particular order. As well as this, despite one of the benefits of remote working being that there shouldn’t be any schedule you have to stick to, it would still be of massive benefit to you to make your schedule and stick to it. It’ll help you keep focused on the tasks at hand throughout the week. An organization can be applied to any area of life. If you ignore organization and just let things remain jumbled and build up, you’re more likely to postpone attending to them until later, or in some cases, completely ignore or forget about them altogether.
Switching Up Your Location
Working from your home is of great benefit to you, but it is also a hindrance as mentioned earlier. Doing something as simple as switching up your location can help you refocus your mind and get those creative juices flowing once again. Something as simple as bringing your work to a local cafe can make all the difference in terms of your work output. Cafes and libraries alike restrict the amount of space you have, and thus, make you less likely to avoid the important tasks you need to focus on. However, with all that being said, it is just as important to ensure that the new location you’ll be working from is picked distinctively. This is to ensure that it isn’t just as distracting as working from your home. You’ll want to ensure that the new location is going to genuinely improve your focusing capabilities so that more work gets done.
Knowing When to Take a Break
Some of us work and work and work as a response to try and give ourselves validation. If you’re feeling your motivation dwindling, you may be burnt out. To be able to give your best, you need to know how to turn it off at any given time. Being able to turn off your workload is a major factor for then being able to turn it back on. As well as knowing when to take a break, it is also just as important to know when to call it quits completely for the day. Do this efficiently and properly and you’ll find that when you do return to your work, you’ll be more refreshed and ready to go again. Taking breaks on a consistent interval (taking a 20-minute break every two hours or so) can be key in upping your overall output in terms of your work in terms of both the quantity you are putting out but also the overall quality of the work you’re doing.
There you go, those are just some of the main ways in which you can avoid falling into the trap of procrastination when you’re trying to do your best work. There is no shame in putting things off or becoming distracted, we all do it. The only thing we can do is take the necessary steps to try and avoid procrastination and distractions as much as possible and that is exactly what we hope this article will assist you with through the tips we have provided. Follow these tips effectively and you should notice that your work output will increase whilst your procrastination decreases to overall improve the amount of work you’ll be producing whilst improving the quality of it too.