There are so many advantages to working at home that its distractions are worth conquering. A few techniques consistently applied will increase your productivity.
Have a purpose: Any job is made easier by an overriding sense of purpose. Visualize the successful completion of a task to blind yourself to tempting distractions. Create a vivid mental movie of the big moment when the job is done.
Follow an agenda: Place outstanding tasks in a priority sequence. Remember that urgent things are not always the most important. Follow the agenda as closely as possible, but stay flexible.
Box your time: Time-boxing is a useful technique popularized by software developers. Break long tasks into segments. Thirty-minute stretches work well. Rather than going at each separate job until it’s completed, revolve through the various activities in half-hour boxes.
Prepare the tools: Before beginning a task, gather everything you’ll need. This saves jumping up and down for things that aren’t at hand when required.
Take meaningful breaks: When you take a break, get away from the work entirely for at least ten minutes.
Drink water: Have a bottle of water handy at your desk, and sip continually. Good hydration has a powerful effect on focus and speed of work.
Use quiet times: When others are about and having fun, it’s difficult not to join in. Make good use of the hours when family members are away or occupied in their own work.