Work effectively from home

    Business Spotlight 2/2019
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    Von Margaret Davis

    One of the benefits of digital technology is that it makes it easier to work from home. But to be effective when to work remotelynicht vom Büro aus arbeitenworking remotely, you need to manage potential distractionAblenkungdistractions. Here are some expert tips.

    Turn off the TV

    More than 76 per cent of remote workerMitarbeiter(in), der/die nicht vom Büro aus arbeitetremote workers in the US say they have worked with the television turned on, according to the home services website Also high on the list of distractions is paying bills or shopping online, reports Fast Company magazine. Over 35 per cent say they to run errandsBesorgungen machenrun errands, 33 per cent to exercisehier: Sport treibenexercise and nearly 28 per cent go out for coffee on company time.

    “If you’re the type of person who can run a few errands, meet a friend for coffee and go to the gymFitnessstudiogym, and still to put in (one’s hours)(seine normale Stundenzahl) arbeitenput in your full work hours, it’s fine to have flexibility,” says productivity expert Laura Stack. “But if you’re the type who is unable to complete work tasks because your personal activities are to interfereein Störfaktor seininterfering, you need a bit more structure.”

    Set working hours

    Treat your home office like a normal office, Stack advises. Tell yourself, “work begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., and I will take one hour for lunch. Create and to maintain sth.etw. aufrechterhaltenmaintain the boundaryGrenzeboundaries with yourself that will to acknowledge sth.etw. anerkennen; hier: gerecht werdenacknowledge your personality and allow you to be your best.”

    Establish acceptable distractions

    “Perhaps you allow yourself to to do laundryWäsche waschendo laundry or watch television only during your official lunch hour,” Stack says. “Perhaps you can create an agreement with yourself that doctor’s appointments during the day are OK, but getting your nails done is not.”

    Turn off the devices

    Phones and email are among the biggest distractions, experts say. “Our attention is divertedabgelenktdiverted every 30 to 120 seconds from things like email,” comments productivity expert and author Maura Thomas. So, try turning off the sound notifications and check messages only at set times during the day.

    Use a timer

    To increase your concentration, Thomas suggests setting a timer and working nonstop on one thing for 20 to 45 minutes. “Longer than that and it’s hard to stay focused,” she warns.

    Take breaks

    “The breakPausebreak has to be a different activity,” Thomas says. “If your job is to write, don’t take a break that involves reading. It’s not a big enough break for your brain. Instead, walk the dog, throw in some laundry or to sweep sth.etw. fegensweep the floor.” She adds that we all have the same 24 hours a day for work, family and entertainment. “Time is not the problem, distractions are the problem.”

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