10/3/14

31 Days of Learning to Work from Home {Day 3}: Dealing with distractions


Today, I'm talking about how to deal with distractions when you're learning to work from home.  Why so soon, you ask?  Well.....because it's been one of those kind of days!

You would think that having an empty nest would eliminate alot of distractions, and it really does.  But just because there aren't always children around doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of opportunities for distractions from work.  

It seems that someone always needs to talk to me at the least convenient time.  Certain parts of my work allow me to juggle several things at once....including personal things.  But there are also parts of my new job that require my complete, full attention when I'm working from home.  Especially while I'm learning so many new things!  

I just had to choose to put my phone on silent....or just leave it in another room where I won't even be tempted to look at my messages.  Not having to answer my phone or even know if it's ringing has already been a big help.  I don't know my job well enough at all at this point to be able to concentrate with my phone constantly begging for my attention at the same time.  

Yesterday when I was out and about with my mentor I chose to leave my cell in the car when we were making visits with some of our consumers.  I'll have to admit that it felt strange at first, but it was nice not to have to keep up with it.  I had enough things to keep up with in my head and believe it or not, there was no life threatening emergency waiting on my response!

Cell phones aren't the only distraction when working from home.  I have already figured out that keeping the television off allows me to work longer and harder without being tempted to stop and watch even the weather report.  There will be plenty of time later to enjoy television during the day, but during work hours, I've found that it's best to keep it turned off.

And y'all won't believe the last distraction I'd like to discuss.  It's one I had to deal with for a couple of hours today while trying to get my computer/paper work done.  

Our Lucy girl is terrified of the slightest hint of a rain or thunder storm.  As soon as the clouds rolled in after lunch and the rain started, she was in full panic mode!  Have you ever tried to type forms and notes in a government computer system with a small dog scratching your leg off?  It's not fun.  



I tried to be patient with her.  I even tried to type with her in my lap, but when her anxiety kicks in, she will not be still.  I finally gave up and put her in another room behind the baby gate.  I hated doing it, but I had to get my work done.  She didn't like it, but finally gave up....just when the clouds rolled away and the sun began to try to come out.  

So why there are tons of distractions out there, my advice today is the simple stuff.  Turn the phone off or even put it away for a time.  Keep the television turned off and the dog at bay and you are bound to accomplish much!

See you back here tomorrow.

This is Day 3 of the series, 31 Days of Learning to Work from Home.

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