In the second article in ourÂ ‘Homeworking Stories’ series, SensÃ©e Training Manager Sam Goldney explains another secret to her success as a homeworker.
Coping with Distractions
The dog has chased a bird into what felt like the next county and wouldnâ€™t come back so youâ€™re running late to get back home with a sulky dog firmly on a lead.
The cat has brought a mouse into the house and it is currently squeaking its way round the lounge with said cat in hot pursuit….. and you need to be on a conference call with a new client in five minutes. Arrggghhhhhh!
All of those (and more) have happened to me during my work from home journey. Â And Iâ€™d put part of my success at homeworking down to an ability to switch off and concentrate on the job in hand…. just as if I was in a contact centre where I wouldnâ€™t have those distractions around me.
Here are my 9 tips for coping with distractions:
- If you have pets, shut them away in another part of the house so they donâ€™t disturb you when youâ€™re working
- Get dressed â€“ it doesnâ€™t have to be in a suit but the act of getting dressed ready for work psychologically amends your mindset
- Have a dedicated work space which is always kept clear so you can focus on the job in hand
- Switch off your phone or at least put it on silent and log out of all social media
- Ensure family members and friends know that youâ€™re working. You canâ€™t stop for a coffee if someone happens to â€˜pop-inâ€™ whilst youâ€™re working
- Start the day with a realistic to do list and set yourself goals to achieve
- Stay active, stand up, stretch your arms. Generally avoid getting uncomfortable whilst youâ€™re working
- Take breaks â€“ get some exercise, plan a lunch time walk, or go for a bike ride or run. Youâ€™re always much fresher after exercise and itâ€™s good for your mental health too
- Plan time to speak with your colleagues – then you can ignore the ping of Teams without worrying about appearing rude