I will not apologize and I will not make excuses. I am guilty of getting distracted and sidetracked by life. The more projects I work on the more vulnerable I am to being distracted or pulled in different directions. This is true for all of us. Our level of distractibility may vary, but this is an area on which I must work extra hard to avoid missing my deadlines.
It is easy to get distracted when we work from home. It requires strong discipline to maintain a regular schedule. One of my practices is to get up extra early in order to get some work done before the kids get up. But even that can be challenging when you have kids that like to be up early with you. I had to put down a rule so that my little early bird stayed in his bed until 6 a.m. Yeah! That’s right. I have to get up at 5 a.m. in order to get some alone time to work on my writing projects.
But there are many other distractions throughout the day and week that will steer me off course if I am not careful. Friends wanting to get together for coffee, running errands during the day when stores are less busy, housework, various appointments, … and the list can go on and on.
How can we avoid falling in the trap of distractions?
First, create a schedule. Yes, I know it sounds quite obvious and it is, but the hard part is sticking to your schedule. When a friend asks you out for coffee, or the school requests a meeting, or emails keep popping up, or notifications about educational videos (which I save for my workout on the treadmill), etc. The list is endless. So, how can we avoid falling in the trap of distractions?
There are many articles and videos suggesting different strategies. Here are some of my favorite strategies;
I love working from home. There are many perks to having this flexibility, but it does require great discipline. In order for our environment to respect our time, we must do so ourselves and it starts with self-discipline, routines, deadlines, and a clear schedule.
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