Confession - I LOVE working from home! I get so much more done compared to when I worked in an office. Regardless of where you work, eliminating distractions is key for optimal focus and productivity especially during the summer when we want to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather!
Here are my favorite tips for managing distracting electronics:
1. Turn off as many notifications as possible, including email. I allow very few apps to send me notifications throughout the day. My phone only sounds when I receive a call, text, or direct message.
2. Turn on “Do Not Disturb” on your phone when you want to focus on a project without interruptions. I’m a mom and I definitely feel the need to be available at all times, so I changed a few settings. First, I marked my daughter’s school and our immediate family members as “Favorites” in my contacts. Then, in my “Do Not Disturb” settings, I allowed calls from Favorites and Repeated calls. (Note: I have an iPhone. These instructions might be different for Android users.) When I have DND on, I only receive calls from my Favorites and those who call twice within a few minutes. Everyone else goes to voicemail and I respond during a break.
3. Schedule times to check your email throughout the day. Do not work with your email open – you’ll be pulled in too many directions and not be able to focus on the task at hand. If you’re worried about others getting impatient with a longer response time than they’re used to, I recommend adding a note to your email signature that indicates the times of the day you’ll be checking your inbox.
Remember, all forms of messaging exist for your convenience. Take the time you need to do your most important work, and respond to messages when you’re ready.
Soaking as much summer as we can,
Melissa and the Savvy CVA Team