4 WEIRD DISTRACTIONS YOU FACE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME

4 WEIRD DISTRACTIONS YOU FACE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME

Do you work from home? There can be many strange and surprising distractions in the home, from social media to the kitchen chairs. Sometimes it can just be too difficult to stay focused; check out four of the biggest distractions you face when you work from home.

1. Life Admin

The second you open up your laptop, you remember all of the general jobs you were putting off over the weekend. You need to email your landlord about the problem with the boiler, and you need to call your parents because it’s been over a month since you last spoke to them. You’ll just give them a quick call now, and get straight on with your work afterwards…. Oh, after you’ve given your best friend a ring. After all, it’s been two whole days since you last spoke to them.

2. The Comfort Level Of Your Chair

Or at least, the lack of comfort. The chair in the kitchen is far too hard and unforgiving to sit on for eight hours, but the chair in your bedroom is way too comfortable and squishy for you to stay focussed. You normally sit in your office chair, but that chair just started creaking loudly whenever you move.

3. The TV Show You’re Currently Watching

You’ve just started the second season of Orange Is The New Black and you’re totally hooked. After a few hours of working, your mind slips to the last episode you watched. You just need to watch one episode to see what the next part of the story will be – maybe you will watch one while you eat lunch. Just the one, of course….

4. Your Office Options

When you work from home, you can basically work wherever you want to in the house. Yes, your office is quiet and peaceful, but the kitchen is so warm and sunny in the morning. And the sofa is so comfy after a long morning sat on the uncomfortable kitchen chair – but it provides you with a whole new distraction; the TV.

What did you guys think of this post? Just so you know, I don’t normally struggle to focus on work once I’ve started, but these distractions have all tempted me at least a few times! Especially that kitchen chair. 😉

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HOW TO STOP PROCRASTINATING

How To Stop Procrastinating

Do you struggle to stop procrastinating? Many people wake up hoping for a productive and focused day, but then procrastination strikes. Don’t let your days be unproductive; check out 7 ways to stop procrastinating.

1. Make a practical to-do list; instead of writing down the things you know you will get done no matter what, write a list of the jobs you don’t like doing – then set a deadline.

2. Make sure you are doing the right things; there are lots of things you can be doing, and only a few things that will NEED doing. Focus on completing the tasks that need doing first, and move on to the other, less important tasks once you’ve finished.

3. If you have a long and difficult task to complete, break it down into smaller chunks to help you feel less overwhelmed. This way, you will notice that you are accomplishing things while working on the task, which will help you to stay feeling motivated.

4. Take away temptation; remove all possible distractions before you start working. If you struggle with social media, consider downloading Cold Turkey; this app allows to temporarily block websites while you work to help you stay focused.

5. Implement consequences; think of one of your little treats, from chatting online to friends to having chocolate cake for pudding. If you don’t finish the task, take away your reward for the day to make sure you won’t do the same again the next day.

6. Reward yourself; if you finish this long project, you can treat yourself to a trip to the cinema. Rewarding good work will help you to be productive during the day – and it means you’ll have a great evening, too!

7. Tell other people about your intentions. Once other people know about your work commitments, you may feel more obliged to finish them. After all, it is pretty hard to come up with a reason for why they haven’t been finished – other than pesky procrastination! Good luck staying motivated!

What did you guys think of this post? Sometimes I can really struggle to stay motivated – you may have noticed this in my post ‘A Day In The Life Of A Freelancer’! However, these tips do help me personally to stay focused and make sure I have a productive working day. Do you have any other tips that work for you? I’d love to hear them!

Yesterday - A Day In The Life Of A Freelancer

Yesterday – A Day In The Life Of A Freelancer

Hey everyone! I thought I’d do a bit of a different blog post today; a day in the life of me! When I tell people I am a freelance writer, I get all kinds of questions about what I do each day – mainly from people who assume my life is much more exciting than it is.

So here is a fairly boring account of yesterday. Behold – the very normal life of a freelance writer! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

6AM – My alarm goes off and I switch it off. I roll over and pull my trusty laptop into bed with me. I switch it on and log onto my email; 16 emails – 7 spam messages, 5 messages about current writing projects, 3 emails from my transcription client, and one super important email about a future project. I reply to all of the messages that are not spam.

6.30AM – I jump in the shower and loudly listen Aerosmith’s album 9 Lives. I always listen to music in the shower to wake myself up. I’m not sure if this actually works though, as I trip over the bathmat mid-yawn.

I make a cup of tea and sit down at the desk in my bedroom.

7AM – I start transcribing audio files for my client’s family history book. I love transcribing the files – it is so cool to listen to his family’s conversations and slowly piece together their history. I like transcribing – I think it is peaceful and time passes quickly without me even realizing.

10AM – time to make a second – much needed – cup of tea and actually get some breakfast. I settle for Marmite on toast and a glass of orange juice. I take this through to my desk and continue transcribing until 12pm.

12PM– Lunch time! The best time of the day. Sometimes I go for a run or a swim, but at the moment I’m reading Gone Girl for the first time. I love the writing style, and so I sit in the back garden and read for half an hour.

12.30PM – I make myself a bean burger with spinach and seasoned chips, and take into the back garden. Delicious… Although the pages of Gone Girl are now marked with bean burger smudges.

1PM – It is such a beautiful day, so I decide to take my laptop in the back garden with me and work from there. It is quite hard to see the screen, but totally worth it for the possible tan I could get. I start writing an article for Lifehack about avocados – yeah, you heard. I love avocados and I have a lot to say about them! 😉

2PM – I’m starting to feel quite warm and sleepy. I take a Facebook break to see what my sisters are up to. I won’t be on for more than 10 minutes – I just want to see if there are any cute new pictures of my niece.

4PM – Uh oh. Probably time to log off Facebook.

4.30PM – Seriously – Do some work! I log out of Facebook and go downstairs to make a cup of tea. I need to write a lifestyle article for The Rich Daily before I finish today, so I start to think of a good angle for my piece. I am still mulling over this in the kitchen at 4.15PM when my housemate arrives home.

5PM – I had a catch up with my housemate, and now I am locked in my bedroom. I can hear her listening to to music and dancing in the kitchen – Must. Resist. Temptation. To. Go. Downstairs. I put on a relaxing acoustic album and start writing.

6.10PM – Finished! Now I can go downstairs and – Wait, I should really check my emails. It’s been a while.

6.15PM – 11 new emails?! Okay…

6.57PM – Aaaand…sent. Time to pour a glass of white wine and dance around the kitchen to loud music with my housemate.

11PM – Wait…. Did I reply to the email about a past writing project? I should go check.

11.03pm – No I didn’t. Better do that now.

What did you guys think of this post? I might do similar posts again, when I have more interesting days, such as days when I interview people or hire people. Let me know if any of you would find that interesting – or anything else you would like to see me blogging about!

Have a great day everyone 🙂