4 Unexpected Distractions When You’re Working From Home

Do you work from home? Many people who work from home are extremely productive for various reasons. For instance, you don’t have to commute to work or deal with office gossip, but there can be some downsides to working from home.

Check out 3 unexpected distractions that could ruin your productivity while you work from home.


Working from home means you rarely have a set lunch time, which actually means many people don’t eat a proper lunch. Many people who work from home forget to plan lunch and end up grabbing something quick from their fridge, which won’t satisfy your appetite and could leave you feeling hungry and distracted later on in the day.

Decide what you’re going to eat for lunch in the morning to guarantee a productive day. Good options are salads, sandwiches and cold pastas, as they don’t take too long to prepare and they will give the energy you need to have a proactive day. Try to set a time for lunch, so you know to stop and refuel.

Music With Lyrics
Many people listen to music while working from home to help make their work more pleasant and enjoyable. However, music with lyrics can actually make it harder for you to focus fully on your work. If you like to listen to music while you work, listen to music without lyrics for the first hour while you get into your stride. Good options are jazz or classical – then you can switch to music with lyrics once you’re in the working zone!

Sitting Directly In Front Of A Window

Don’t sit in a dark room with the curtains closed – it may make you feel slightly insane – but sitting directly in front of a window can be a big distraction.

Birds chirping, people talking and the day getting darker can distract you very easily. When you’re really in the zone, you don’t notice the day getting darker, but you can’t help but to notice when you’re sat in front of a window. Instead, sit somewhere where you can enjoy natural light without looking directly outside.

Can you think of any other distractions for people working from home? Please let me know – they could be distracting me as I type! 🙂

I hope you all had great weekends J



  1. McApple · June 23, 2015

    Temptation to lie in bed or couch as way of relaxing and sleeping off? With no Boss watching over your shoulders, it really is tempting…and requires discipline.

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    • The Twentysomething Social Recluse · June 23, 2015

      I totally agree – I work badly if I sit on the sofa or my bed, but I work well when I sit at the table. Thank you for your comment 🙂


  2. Daisy9979 · June 23, 2015

    My desk is right in front of the window so I get distracted by my neighbors running around, birds, cars driving by, basically I’m very easily distracted, lol, sometimes it’s just seeing all the blue skies and sunshine makes me want to run away from anything resembling work. If I really need to get stuff done I close the curtains, they’re thin enough I still get light just without all the distractions.

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    • The Twentysomething Social Recluse · June 24, 2015

      Yep, I have exactly the same problem! Which is kind of sad, I do love listening to the birds and my neighbor’s puppies barking… But it doesn’t make me want to knuckle down and work haha. 🙂 x

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  3. hsampson · June 24, 2015

    Loved it! thank you so much!

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    • The Twentysomething Social Recluse · June 25, 2015

      I’m glad you liked it, thank you for commenting! 🙂


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