If you run a home Internet business, then you probably already know how easy it is to get sidetracked.
Whether it’s your family coming and going or the many comforts of home that draw your attention away from your work, distractions can sometimes get the better of you.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to avoid distractions when running a business from home.
Make a Daily Task List
Just because you don’t have a 9 to 5 office job doesn’t mean you don’t need structure in your workday.
Call it a to-do list, call it a task list, whatever you call it, and just make sure you stay on top of it.
Writing down your daily tasks and goals will give you something to work toward day in and day out.
Motivation like this will keep you on task and distraction-free. With that said, actually writing down your tasks is an important part of the anti-distraction equation.
By writing down your daily responsibilities, you’ll have tangible goals you can actually check off as they’re completed. This type of accountability decreases the chances of getting distracted.
Clear Your Mind
When you set your own hours, it occasionally allows for too much time to think about topics other than work.
As the following article looks at, if you’re hunting for a new home, you might be wondering “what do you do if you break something during a home inspection?” Thoughts like these can distract you from work responsibilities.
Instead of letting your mind wonder, clear your thoughts before you begin working.
Listening to relaxing music, reading for a few minutes, and meditating are all great ways to clear the mind clutter and focus on your job.
Get Out of the House
You sleep, eat, and spend time with your family at home. Add to that equation work and you’re well on your way to cabin fever, which is a huge distraction.
So, before you start your workday, get out of the house and go on a brisk walk.
Running a home Internet business means you do a lot of sitting.
By starting your day with a little outdoor exercise, you’ll be more energized. Likewise, taking short breaks throughout the day will make it easier to tackle your job responsibilities.
Create a Distraction-Free Workspace
It might seem pretty obvious, but making sure your home office is distraction-free is a must.
This means getting rid of that cable television, those magazines, and closing the blinds. Yes, even staring out the window can be a distraction.
In addition, make sure your office is set up in a quiet corner of the house.
Next to the front door or near the tempting kitchen will interrupt you more than you might think. If necessary, hang a “busy” sign on the doorknob to your office so others in the house don’t accidentally distract you.
Finally, running a home Internet business and surfing the internet are two separate things.
If social media and other websites easily distract you, you should block those sites from your browser during your work hours.
When you’re ready to give your home-based business your full attention, keep in mind the helpful pointers above.
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About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including small business and productivity tips.