So, you want to work from home, but feel you don’t have the concentration to focus on what needs to be done?
When it comes to working from home, I’ve found there to be two things that dictate the quality of the work I do: first, whether I enjoy doing whatever it is that I have to do andsecondly, how well I can concentrate during work.
Unfortunately, the first goes hand-in-hand with the second. If I enjoy it, I’m more likely to concentrate. If I don’t enjoy it, I’m more likely to switch off, make mistakes and sometimes even fail to complete the task.
The only problem is that it is often the most important practical aspects of the business I find to be boring and, coincidentally, the aspects of the business which require the most attention. For example, whenever I see a spreadsheet of accounts that needs to be done, I sigh a breath of disappointment and anguish. But I need to focus, get this wrong and I could either be out of pocket or in jail for fraud. That’s usually the motivation I need to keep me concentrated.
Sometimes, however, this motivation just doesn’t cut it. I’ll sit in my office and remember that some rubbish daytime TV program is on (Judge Judy, anyone?) or that I suddenly really feel like going for a run. Oh, actually, I need to clean my entire house! It’s amazing the number of excuses we can find to not do something when we want to, isn’t it?
If these excuses sound familiar to you…
then it’s probably a good idea to think about trying a few of these (not when there’s any work to be done, though):
1) Eating plenty of oily fish stuffed full of Omega 3 and other essential vitamins. Apparently fish is brain food and it helps you to concentrate. Fish like mackerel, salmon and herring are all packed full of brain food!
2) Being well rested. If you’re tired, you’re more likely to be sluggish, but you’re also more likely to be thinking about bed when you’re awake. You’re also more likely to be thinking too much about coffee. Oh, and you probably find it more difficult to wake up in the morning. So, the answer? Get to sleep at a reasonable hour and wake up relatively early!
3) Try and exercise regularly and avoid coffee after 3pm. This ties in with point no.2, not only does this help you sleep but it will also help your energy levels and helps you concentrate. If you don’t exercise, you’ll get restless after sitting down all day and this may end up killing your concentration levels. If you find yourself not concentrating, go for a walk and shake off .
4) Plan like a boss! Trying to work without a plan is like jumping out of a plane without a parachute: you’ll get off to a flying start, but you’ll soon come to a very abrupt and unproductive halt. Make a plan a work through it. This doesn’t mean you have stick to it perfectly, but at least you’ll have a sense of direction.
5) Do things a little differently some days. Go to your local coffee shop to work, or go to the library, or work in a different room, but whatever you do, keep it fresh. If you get caught up in the same drib-drab routine, you may begin to fall behind on your work.
I’m sure you’ve got your own techniques, and you know what they say: sharing is caring. So, share away and comment on this post
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