Sam Goldney of Sensée explains another secret to her success as a homeworker.
Coping With Distractions
So you’ve dropped your daughter off at school crying and the teacher has peeled her off your leg as she fancies a day at home with Mummy.
The dog has chased a bird into what felt like the next county and wouldn’t come back so you’re running late to get back home with a sulky dog firmly on a lead.
The cat has brought a mouse into the house and it is currently squeaking its way round the lounge with said cat in hot pursuit….. and you need to be on a conference call with a new client in five minutes. Arrggghhhhhh!
All of those (and more) have happened to me during my work-from-home journey. And I’d put part of my success at homeworking down to an ability to switch off and concentrate on the job in hand…. just as if I was in a contact centre where I wouldn’t have those distractions around me.
Here are my 9 tips for coping with distractions:
- If you have pets, shut them away in another part of the house so they don’t disturb you when you’re working
- Get dressed – it doesn’t have to be in a suit, but the act of getting dressed ready for work psychologically amends your mindset
- Have a dedicated work space which is always kept clear so you can focus on the job in hand
- Switch off your phone or at least put it on silent and log out of all social media
- Ensure family members and friends know that you’re working. You can’t stop for a coffee if someone happens to ‘pop in’ whilst you’re working
- Start the day with a realistic to do list and set yourself goals to achieve
- Stay active, stand up, stretch your arms. Generally avoid getting uncomfortable whilst you’re working
- Take breaks – get some exercise, plan a lunchtime walk, or go for a bike ride or run. You’re always much fresher after exercise and it’s good for your mental health too
- Plan time to speak with your colleagues – then you can ignore the ping of Teams without worrying about appearing rude