How to Stay Focused While Working From Home
It’s been over a year since most of us left our offices to start working from home. By now, most of us have found our routines. But sometimes, working from home can get too comfortable.
After all, not having your boss and colleagues around can easily make you lose focus. You might find yourself taking longer breaks than usual, or streaming movies instead of working.
Of course, taking breaks is perfectly natural. Doing so helps you recover mental sharpness throughout the day. You just have to be disciplined with them, so you don’t end up procrastinating more than working.
Here’s a few ways on how to stay focused while working at home.
MAKE A DAILY TASK LIST
Writing down what you need to do for the day is a great way to stay focused on work. Just make sure to put it in an area where it's constantly visible, and update it as needed. This way, you can always see what needs to be done, and optimize your schedule around the day’s tasks and meetings.
FLIP THAT MENTAL SWITCH
While work from home freed us from a bothersome work commute, it also removed that “mental transition” that happens when you change locations from home to office.
To flip that “work mode” switch at home, make sure you work far from your bedroom or other relaxation areas like the living room. This way, you can signal to your mind that it’s time for business, not pleasure.
If you live in a studio condo, then consider taking a shower before work and changing clothes, so you can get in a mood of preparing for important tasks. You can also try spraying on your usual office perfume can help trick your mind into going into professional mode.
The biggest challenge to your home productivity is of course, the internet. There’s so many things that can take your eyes off work, such as breaking news or social updates from friends.
Here’s a few ways to limit such distractions and help you keep your focus:
- Turn Off Phone Notifications - do this for 90 minutes at a time (or shorter if you want) so that unimportant updates don’t break your concentration
- Schedule Your Breaks - take breaks every 90 minutes or so to refresh your focus. Use that time for distractions that don’t involve a screen, so your eyes can take a break too. Play with your dogs, or do some light stretching to relieve tension off your back and shoulders. These light exercises will help you relieve some of that stress!
TAKE BEROCCA EVERYDAY
For a boost to your mental sharpness, take Berocca everyday! One effervescent tablet dissolved in water will help supercharge you for the day ahead, thanks to the B-Vitamins, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc that’s in it.
Studies* have shown that with daily use, Berocca helps improve concentration and memory while decreasing bodily fatigue. Make it your preferred multivitamin for better focus and higher energy!
Do remember that sometimes, you’ll wake up not feeling your best. And that’s alright, it happens to everyone. Just be kind to yourself and work on doing these activities everyday so that they become a habit. Motivation will come and go, but habits will help keep you going even when you don’t always feel like it.
1. Kennedy DO, et al. Psychopharmacology 2010;211:55–68.
2. Kennedy DO, et al. Hum Psychopharmacol Clin Exp 2011;26:338–347.