It’s been fantastic weather over the last few weeks (well it has here in London anyway!) and if you’re like me and work from home, it can sometimes be difficult to focus on work when it’s warm and sunny outside!

So if you’ve got a project that you need to get completed, but you’d much rather be sitting in the park, then how can you keep yourself focused?

Well here are some methods that I’ve found useful.

Set yourself strict working times. When you’re working from home, it’s easy to turn on the computer first thing in the morning and sit in front of it all day.  However, by doing this, you can find that the day drifts by and you end up not knowing where the time has gone.  So set yourself strict deadlines for the tasks on your to do list, say 2 hours to complete a particular project.  Once the 2 hours are up then take a break from your computer before tackling the next thing on your list.  By setting strict deadlines, you will become far more focused on getting the job done.

Find somewhere else to work. Although working from home is great, you can find yourself easily distracted, especially when you’ve got a project that you’ve been putting off!  I have access to shared office space and I use it when I want to work on completing a particular project.  So if you find that you are getting distracted at home then find somewhere else to work, whether it’s a spare desk or the local library.   Also, the change in environment can help stimulate your creativity and inspiration.

Switch off distractions. Like a lot of people, I find that two of the biggest distractions are email and social media. Whether it’s checking your Facebook status or reading your emails, before you know it half an hour has passed.  So if you really need to get something done, then turn off your social media feeds and email inbox alerts.  Schedule a time during the day when you’re going to check them and stick to it.

Time yourself. If you really want to keep track of your time, then you can set yourself limits on how much time you spend on each project during the day.  You can either do this through the timer on your mobile phone or you can use time tracking software where you can set a time limit on a task and then a sound plays when the time comes to an end.

I hope you find the above tips useful but if you’ve got any other suggestions then I’d love to hear from you in the comment box below!

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About Valerie Eaton

Valerie is the founder and owner of Smart VA who provides virtual PA services to self-employed professionals who are feeling overwhelmed by their workload and want more time to focus on growing their business.

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