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#TheSeven ways to stay focused while on a flexible work schedule

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Have you tried working from home and you notice that you get very few things done? I remember the first time I had to work from home, and I couldn’t meet my deadline and my supervisor was pissed and did not understand how that happened yet I had plenty of time.

But I realized I had no boundaries making time for everything else apart from my actual work. So for the next of a couple of weeks, I formed a new routine. I would check into my favorite coffee shop and work for half the day. Soon after implementing a new routine, I learned a few things about working flexihours.

Here are a few considerations to make:

1.Maintain a routine

Maintaining a daily routine helps us to establish a foundation that helps us achieve productive goals. Ensure that you start the day at the same time. A routine helps to stay accountable to ensures you have enough time to get all of your tasks done. For example, I wake up at 5 am exercise for an hour, take a shower, have breakfast and then work on my different projects.

2.Take it seriously

As much as you have a flexible schedule, treat it like a work day since treating it like anything other than a “real” workday can make you achieve less than what you intended to achieve for the day. Most people assume that since they have flexible hours they have a lot of time on their hands but that’s not true. A lack of time management could pull back, a delay the rate at which you achieve your goals. Always have the same attitude as you have while going to work that you always have deadlines, meetings to attend and bosses to impress.

3.Schedule your day

Once you have formed a habit, schedule your day so that you are working on projects that require the greatest amount of focus. If possible, switch off your phone and eliminate any other distractions so that you are able to concentrate on your projects. To set the mood and heighten productivity, listen to some music and you will be amazed how much you get done.

4.Create mini goals

Always set out smaller goals with a specific timeline and attach a reward system to it. Use completion targets to challenge yourself and see how much you can get done by a certain time.

5.Use your calendar as a to-do list

Creating calendar invites for the tasks you need to accomplish assists you to manage your own time. It also allows you to dictate the amount of time you can allot to each task.

6.Do away with procrastination

Procrastination is one of the diseases that most of us have and I hope that one day we will be able to do away with it. But this always requires a lot of willpower, but it’s not impossible.

7.Make time for yourself

When working flexihours, there is a possibility that your life can be overrun by tasks all day long. It is important to also cater to yourself and your needs at least once a week. Make time to visit family and friends or engage in a relaxing activity just for your self-gratification. A little self-love every now and then does wonders.

 

This article was written by Capital Campus Correspondent Minnie Grace.

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