When you work from home, there is always a mountain of distractions to face. Laundry piles, stacks of bills, and family issues can all get in the way of a productive workday.

Luckily, there are some steps you can take to minimize distractions and make the most out of your work hours. Here are a few to consider.

Establish Consistent Work Hours

Working erratic hours can be appealing at times (scheduling around appointment, etc), but is not an efficient way to get things done. Give yourself a schedule and stick to it.

Set Boundaries

Once you’ve established working hours, let your family and friends know your schedule. They’re much less likely to interrupt if they know in advance that you’re working. You can even hang a sign on your office door letting people know not to disrupt unless there’s an emergency.

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Keep Things Organized

A neat and tidy office space is much easier to work in that one that’s full of clutter and distractions. Keep your workplace organized and you’ll stay on task.

Ignore Household Chores

Although it’s difficult, you must train yourself to ignore household chores during dedicated work hours. Just remember, though, that the sink full of dirty dishes is not going anywhere.

Create a To-Do List

Making a list of goals for each day, week, and month can help focus your attention. Planning your days in advance is a smart way to ensure that your time is efficiently spent.

With these tips, you’ll be on your way to a more productive home office in no time.