How To Stay Focused When Working From Home

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Stay focused when working from home during lockdown with these tips and tricks

Procrastination and distractions are regular occurrences when it comes to working from home, and staying focused on the task at hand can be tricky when your phone keeps buzzing or you find yourself in a social media scrolling-trance. Before you know it, an hour has gone by and you still haven’t started that piece of work or finished the task you were meant to do this morning.

If you find yourself distracted all too often, or catch yourself daydreaming more than you should, incorporating these tips into your daily routine should help to keep you focused.

Stay off your phone

Easier said than done in 2020, but by staying off your phone for just an hour during the day, you’ll be surprised by how much more productive you can be without that constant source of distraction. Put your phone on mute so you aren’t checking notifications every time your phone buzzes, or if the temptation is too much, put it in a drawer in another room or ask a housemate to look after it for you until your work is done.

Avoiding social interaction
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Social media scrolling is easy to get sucked into, so be mindful the next time you pick up your phone!

Take regular breaks

You may think tapping away at your laptop solidly for 4 hours straight is the way to stay fully focused on your work, but allowing your mind to take a break from the screen is the best way to stay productive. By sitting in one place too long and not re-freshing your surroundings, your brain can become stale and start to shut down.

Try going for a walk outside on your dinner break, or even just a quick 10-15 mins exercise like a walk to the shops helps to focus your mind. Taking regular breaks away from your laptop is crucial to prevent brain burnout but also important for your circulation, so get up every 40-60 mins and shake out your arms and legs to get that blood pumping!

Set a schedule

It can be easy to fall into a lazy rut when working from home during lockdown, but by working to a time schedule and getting up at the same time everyday just as you would do if you were going to work or uni, this helps your brain to get into a familiar routine, in turn helping you to focus.

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Try to go to bed at the same time every night, get a good 8 hours sleep so you wake feeling re-freshed and ready to start the day. Make a to-do list and tackle the tasks you’ve been putting off the most first thing, so it’s not hanging over your head all day. Scheduling not only helps to structure your day, but it gives you a sense of accomplishment when you’ve ticked your tasks off your to-do list too.

Stay fed and hydrated

It may be an obvious one, but keeping up your energy levels by eating the right foods and staying hydrated is key to staying productive throughout the day. Stock up on brain food such as oily fish or remember to take a cod liver oil or vitamin tablet each day. Protein and fresh fruits and veg will have you feeling on top form, so make sure you get your daily dose with at least one of your meals.

H2o is vital in making sure all those nutrients get transported around the body, so make sure to keep a water bottle by your desk at all times and top up when needed


Jenny Shaw

A content and copywriter who loves the written word in all it's forms, Jenny is passionate about writing informative and factual blog posts, helping you achieve your goals.