When looking to work from home, many people set up shop in their home office, where they spend most of their time working on their business. But what about when you need to take some time off? When you’re the boss, taking time off isn’t really an option—you have to get stuff done! So how do you handle that issue? Do you just sit at your desk and do nothing while catching up on your favorite shows or do you find some sort of balance between business and fun?
How Working From Home Can Help
The traditional office is no longer the only place where work gets done. In fact, more and more people are choosing to work from home. There are many benefits to working from home, including saving money on gas, having flexible hours and being able to wear whatever you want. If you have the luxury of working from home there are ways to help you stay focused without getting distracted by TV. Here are some ideas:
– Set up your workspace so that it is close enough for your computer monitor but far enough away so that you can’t see your TV
– Try taking time every day to go somewhere other than your house (coffee shop, library)
– Set up strict boundaries with yourself – decide when you’re going to stop working for the day or at least make an agreement with yourself about what time it’s OK for TV to come back on
– Be mindful of how much television you watch each day. You don’t need to cut out all together, but think about if it’s worth watching this one show if you could be doing something else productive instead
– Get someone else involved who can help keep you accountable . Sometimes just knowing that someone else will be checking in on you can give you the motivation to push through a difficult project
– Schedule breaks into your day like they would happen during the workday – they’ll provide a sense of structure and will help prevent burnout. Put a reminder on your phone or set up alerts for emails as reminders
– Figure out what type of activities might hold your attention better than TV does. Make sure these things are accessible when you’re tempted to turn on the tube, like reading books, cooking or playing games,
Why We Love to Work From Home
We love working from home because it allows us to be our own boss, set our own hours, and take care of important tasks without having to commute. Plus, we can keep an eye on the kids and save money on child care. But is having a TV in the home office a major distraction? Some people might say yes, but if you don’t have any other options or if your partner or family prefers TV to silence when they’re in the same room as you, then it’s not such a bad idea.
However, most experts agree that watching TV for more than two hours per day leads to less productivity. In this case, consider setting limits and designating certain times for work so you can focus on what matters. If necessary, create a No TV zone where there are no electronics and only limited light (to reduce eye strain).
Your desk should be designed with space around it to allow you to focus on your computer screen while keeping distractions out of sight.
Make sure your phone has a Do Not Disturb mode so you won’t be tempted by notifications coming through every few minutes (set aside blocks of time where all calls go straight to voicemail). Finally, resist the urge to play games while working – they’ll only slow down progress towards your goals!
How Working From Home Can Hurt
It can be tempting to put on the television when working from home, but there are a few reasons why this can be a major distraction.
First, it can be difficult to concentrate with the television on.
Second, if you have the volume up, it can be disruptive to others in your household.
Third, you may find yourself getting up to take breaks more often to watch your favorite shows.
Fourth, you may become more tempted to snack while working if there is food on TV.
Fifth, you may become less productive overall if you are constantly switching between work and play.
Sixth, you may miss important work-related cues if you’re not paying attention.
What Happens If You Do Not Adjust
If you choose to have a television in your home office, there are a few things you should keep in mind to avoid major distractions.
First, the placement of the television is important. It should not be front and center where you will constantly be looking at it.
Second, muted or low volume is key so you are not tempted to listen to what is going on.
Third, consider what type of programming you will watch. Opt for shows that will not require your full attention or ones that you have seen before so you can easily follow along without getting too invested.
Lastly, remember that you can always take a break to watch your favorite show – just be sure to set a timer so you do not get too sidetracked! Shows like HGTV’s Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines may be perfect because they provide ideas while allowing you to remain focused on work!