How to Measure Productivity: 8 Tips for Extremely Busy People

Working from home certainly has its perks.  You can make your own hours. You can be that perfect PTA mom or dad.  You can wear what you want to wear. And you can swear as loud as you want when something doesn’t go your way. 

But, it’s not all sunshine and roses.  There are some hurdles to overcome when you are working from home

One of the biggest ones is staying focused.

Remember when you were in college, and you had a class to go to, and your friends were free?  You had to exert that self-discipline to go to class instead of taking a meaningless road trip to the river or hanging out at the student center.  That’s what it’s like working at home.

It’s great if you can stay focused and get the job done.  Otherwise, now work, no pay. And that can be bad.

You don’t want to be asking questions about your mortgage like, “How do I sell my note?”  You need to pay the mortgage bill instead.

Take a look at these five ways to stay focused while working from home.

1. Turn Off the Television

Some people think that having the television on in the background is a great way to drown out distractions. However, the opposite can quickly occur. 

You may not be interested in the latest daytime drama. But, one paternity test on Maury can easily lead to an hour of lost production.  Just shut it off.

If you need to drown out the noise, find a streaming music station and play it quietly. 

2. Turn Your Cell Phone on Silent

Random group texts or notifications from Facebook or Instagram or SnapChat can send you off into a zone of the unnecessary.  Don’t get caught up in Facebook feeds.

You’ll end up seeing a Grounds for Hounds ad, and the next thing you know you’ll be networking for every shelter dog in Florida.  Keep your phone on silent.

3. Go to a Quiet Place

Don’t try to work in a high traffic area of your home and expect your family to walk on eggshells.  You will just get frustrated, and they will only be anxious to be around you.

If you have an office, do there.  If not, find a nook away from the noise and call it your office.

4. Turn off Push Notifications

Push notifications on your computer are a great way to get reminders.  But, they are a massive distraction too.

A new Groupon that will benefit your family can lead you down a dark rabbit hole of deal shopping.  Shut off those notifications.  

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5. Make a Schedule Every Day

One of the biggest perks of working from home is making your own schedule.  The critical word in that statement is “schedule.”

If you have to take the kids somewhere, adjust your schedule.  Don’t try to balance working and running.

Instead of working from 8-3, work for 7-12. Or divide your day, and work from 8-12 and then work from 7-10.

It doesn’t matter how you schedule your day.  Just make sure to schedule it.

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If you can manage to work from home and stay focused, it can be the ideal situation.  You just have to remember to discipline yourself. 

That means you can’t look at your work hours like something you have to juggle between being a stay at home parent.  If you are working from home, you are working. It’s the same as if you are commuting to the office.  

Now, that’s not to say that your hours have to be typical 9-5 hours.  You can work while your spouse is home if childcare is your issue.

Nevertheless, those are still work hours. So you have to follow the tips above to stay focused and disciplined. Otherwise, you don’t get the job done.  Whether you’re commuting or telecommuting, employers expect progress if you want to be paid.

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