published by Isabel

Who has not experienced it: distractions lurk everywhere and interrupt us at work.

Especially in the home office, the probability is high that we encounter and think of a thousand of things that need to be done around the house.

But how do you manage to focus on work despite the distractions?

Here are a few tips that can help you:

Schedule times
Define clearly for yourself when you work and when you take care of issues such as cleaning, laundry, etc.. This way you subconsciously adjust to when you deal with what and can better manage your time.

Set appointment blockers
Set appointment blockers to be able to work undisturbed at a time. This way you ensure that you are not disturbed by unexpected appointments. With some programs, such as Outlook, you can also use the status function to show your colleagues whether you are currently available or busy.

Clear your workspace
In order to think clearly, the environment is a crucial factor. Clear the work desk of all objects and leave only those relevant to the work on the table. The immediate surroundings should also be tidy so that you can concentrate on the things directly in front of you.

Music or complete silence
Find out for yourself what works best. Some people need complete silence to concentrate, others need background noise. For background noise, you can either turn on music, there are even special lists for that on Spotify, or turn on videos where other people have filmed themselves studying and working. (Yes, that actually exists! ???? )

Apps can support you
Meanwhile, there are also some apps on the market that are supposed to help you work in a focused way. These apps usually follow the Pomodoro technique and reward you with a virtual plant that grows the longer you are productive. If that’s too playful for you, you can also simply set a timer to 25 minutes and work on a task with concentration for those 25 minutes. Once the 25 minutes are up, you can take a 5 minute break and then repeat the whole thing.

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