You’ve finally decided to work as a freelance writer – from home. You decorated and organized your office just the way you want. But there’s only one problem: distractions. Unfortunately for too many people- distractions abound within their own workplace. So how do you handle these distractions that pop up when you work from home? Read the rest of this blog post for ideas.
The major hurdle and hindrance in reaching the top of the freelancing career lies in a simple technique, that is, to avoid all the possible distractions that a freelancer faces every other day. So here are some of the best ways I’ve found to eliminate distractions and really focus on a task.
Turn off Email Notifications
This is one of the most common traps. Instant communication is great, but when you’re working on a task, they are nothing but interruptions. And a constant interruption mean you’ll never be able to actually focus on what’s before you. A good habit may be to check your Emails in the morning, at lunch, and before signing off for the day, or, checking it after every session of 3 hours may also prove to be good.
Turn off your Internet Connection
The Internet could be the biggest time-waster when don’t really need it. If you don’t need the Internet to do the task, you can turn off your connection until you finish your tasks. There is a software called “Freedom” that will allow you to turn off your internet connection for certain amount of time.
The dog barks, the children chirp, laugh, and bicker; the email dings; the phone rings — the distractions just seem endless and can cause a loss in productivity. The first line of defense against noise is to do what you can to control your environment, and limit the noise that enters your space. Sit in your room or in a place where no one will be disturb you. Lock your room or put a ‘do not disturb’ sign to leave you alone.
Stop Looking For New Work!
When you are working on your current project, stop looking for new work because it will lower your overall productivity. We humans may have highly parallel brains, but we are mostly single-task creatures — we are more effective at concentrating on one task at a time.