Beware The Television
I’m a sucker for good TV shows—it’s a weakness. And the worst part about it is that I try to convince myself that I can work and watch television at the same time—and of course, I’m wrong about that assumption. One area (cough, cough, the TV) gets more attention than the other, causing my work productivity to plummet.
My advice on the matter is to figure out how much television is right for you. Can you have the TV on in the background and not be distracted, or does hiding the remote have to be a necessary tactic for you to stay focused? As long as you’re productive and know your limits, it doesn’t matter which route you choose.
Limit the Unlimitless Internet
As the bane of work productivity, the Internet is a tricky distraction to avoid. You need the Internet to help you do your work, but it is very easy to switch from work mode to being a social-butterfly in a matter of seconds. Now, taking a break on social media from time-to-time is a great way to regroup—but if you think that the ten-minute break will turn into an hour, maybe it’s a good idea to avoid it.
I received a good piece of advice when it came to minimizing the social media distraction—remove the bookmarks, type the URL, and re-enter you login credentials each time. Once you’ve done this periodically, you’ll realize you’re wasting a lot of work-time.
Get out of the Bed
Thanks to laptops, it’s easy to stay in bed and work from home, but this is a big no-no! Don’t bring the stress of work to a place you go to get a peaceful night’s rest.
Food and Drink
Another one of my tendencies when I’m home is to leave my work station in search for something to eat or drink. And I usually do it when I’m not even hungry or thirsty—just when I need a distraction. But this can be just as bad for your work productivity as the television and Internet. So I suggest keeping a handful of healthy snacks by your station, minimizing the time you search for snacks, as well as any grazing habits that might arise.
So now you know all the possible distractions and how to avoid them; don’t let the fear of distractions scare you away from working at home! With practice, you’ll be a pro in no time. And with the UnitWise Heroes on your side, we promise to keep the bad distractions away, and let you save your business day. Be productive, everyone!