Although some businesses are considering reopening, many people will keep working remotely due to the coronavirus outbreak. Therefore, finding ways to deal with the distractions we face when we work from home is more important than ever.
Avoid Social Media and Other Digital Distractions
Social media can be a blessing in these months of social distancing. But it can also drain your attention when you’re trying to be productive. Establish a simple rule: Stay off social media while you work. This will benefit you in more than one way, since an overload of information can increase your anxiety levels. As for websites that may distract you, consider installing browser extensions or apps that monitor and limit your internet usage
Set a Schedule for Your Kids
Working from home means that almost every aspect of your personal life is concentrated in a single place. Obviously, this can be distracting, especially when it comes to your children, who need your attention as they face their own quarantine challenges. If other adults live with you, work together to set a schedule that allows you to focus on your work while providing the sense of structure your children need right now.
Take Regular Breaks
Breaks are important to keep you focused and productive. As we have seen before, multitasking is not the way to go if you want to be more productive. Experts recommend instead shifting your attention mindfully from one task to the next. Keep this concept in mind when you take your breaks. For five or 10 minutes forget about work and focus on resting and relaxing. This way you will be more productive when you get back to work.
Embrace Healthy Distractions
While you want to avoid being distracted, you do need some distractions if you want to be efficient. Acknowledge this need by embracing healthy distractions. These are activities you can do during your breaks that won’t cause anxiety or information overload.
- Reflect: Put work aside and allow yourself to just be alone with your thoughts.
- Be social: We are social beings. Find time to engage in meaningful interactions with your coworkers by chat, phone call or video call.
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