Business 101: Put a STOP to the Daily Distractions – Managing Interruptions and Distractions When You Work from Home

If you work-at-home, you are confronted with an entirely different set of challenges than people who work in a traditional office environment – from your 4-year-old interrupting you with “Where’s my toy?” to the laundry and sink full of dirty dishes screaming for your attention.

If you want to move your business forward and successfully juggle your responsibilities, you have to learn a few basic work-at-home survival skills that address the two core challenges of working from home: external and internal distractions!

External Distractions: Interruptions from Family and Friends

  • Schedule your work hours while the children are asleep.
  • Hire a nanny to care for the children during work hours, and get dad to watch them in the evening work hours.
  • Create a separate work area so you can either shut the door or teach people that when you’re in your office, you’re not to be disturbed.
  • Set firm work boundaries. For example, when people call to chat, kindly but firmly remind them you’re working and will call them back when your workday is finished.
  • Set regular office hours and make sure family and friends know them.

Internal Distractions: Personal or Household Business and Temptations

  • Remove all non-work related items from your separated work area.
  • When ideas come up, jot them down on a sticky note to do later, and keep focused on your work project.
  • Make a commitment to your work hours and stick to it.

Interruptions and distractions are a fact of working at home and like it or not, they usually happen at the most inopportune times. The key to managing daily distractions is to create a concrete plan on how to avoid or overcome them and stay on task.

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About Kim DeYoung
Serial entrepreneur Kim DeYoung (aka "The Get It Done Girl") is the founder of Get It Done University and Metromom.com. Get It Done University is the how-to resource for the busy entrepreneur. Kim provides dynamic Get It Done coaching both one-on-one and through her action-packed programs designed for entrepreneurs who have lots of great ideas but are stuck on how to make them a reality. Metromom is resource for the busy mom entrepreneur, providing solutions on marketing, money, mindset and motherhood. It reflects Kim’s passion to give women the tools they need to ―get it done. At its core is the power of connection, like-minded women connect online to provide each other with support, great ideas and business opportunities. Kim never regrets leaving a career in the fashion industry to design an exciting entrepreneurial lifestyle and work/life balance. It is now with complete clarity that she combines her experience and passion to help entrepreneurs design a meaningful (and profitable) business on their own terms!

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