Staying Focused When You Run a Business or Work From Home

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Running a business or working from home can be challenging, it can be difficult to separate work from your personal life. However, if you get the balance right it can be the best thing in the world! Here are a few tips that may help you stay focused while working from home:

Create a designated workspace
Having a specific area of your home designated as your office can help you mentally separate work from personal life. Ideally this will be a room of its own, but at a push you could create a mini home office by adding a desk to the corner of your bedroom, dining room or living room depending on who you live with and how quiet your home is. 

Establish a routine
Having a set routine can help you stay on track throughout the day. This can include things like starting work at the same time each day, taking regular breaks, and stopping work at a specific time. If you're new to working from home or running a business this can take some getting used to, but a routine will start to form if you stick with it. 

Eliminate distractions
It can be easy to get distracted when working from home, so it's important to eliminate as many distractions as possible. This can include things like turning off your phone, closing social media tabs, and using noise-canceling headphones. Make your home office a 'work only zone', keep it distraction free and as quiet as possible. 

Prioritize your tasks
To stay on task, it can be helpful to prioritize your to-do list for the day. This will help you stay focused on the most important tasks and prevent you from getting bogged down in less important tasks. Pin up a large whiteboard so you can write down the days tasks, this visual reminder can prevent you from becoming sidetracked and it's satisfying being able to cross off each task as you work through them.

Take breaks and move around
It's important to take regular breaks throughout the day to rest your mind and refresh your body. Taking short walks, doing some stretching exercises or other activities that break the monotony can help to increase focus.

Have a plan for the end of the day
It's important to have a plan for the end of the day, to help you mentally "close" the workday and leave work behind when the workday is over. This can include having a closing routine, where you review your progress for the day, make plans for the next day, and then disconnect from work for the rest of the evening.

Be mindful of your mental health
Working from home can be challenging, and it's important to be mindful of your mental health. Make sure you're taking time to do things you enjoy, staying connected with friends and family, and taking care of your physical health by getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly.

These are a few suggestions, some may work for you and others may not, It's important to be patient with yourself, if you can navigate the challenges that come with working from home it can come with a better work-life balance, no commute time, no travel costs and a wealth of other benefits. 

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