Summary of “How to manage your biggest distractions when working from home”

The benefit for employers is that people who work from home tend to be more productive and happier, according to a new study by Porch, a website that matches homeowners with home service professionals.
According to Porch, the biggest distraction is the television; 76.1% of remote employees have worked with the TV on.
Here are a few ways to stay productive while working from home.
Flexible working arrangements can mean flexible hours, but if you’re not good about getting your work done and your performance is slacking, you’ll need to treat your home office like a regular office and set structured working hours, says Stack.
Create a contract with yourself, such as “Work begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., and I will take one hour for lunch,” she says.
Whether you work from home or in an office, the problem with distractions is that we’re conditioned to seek them out, says productivity expert Maura Thomas, author of Work Without Walls: An Executive’s Guide to Attention Management, Productivity, and the Future of Work.
“If other people are home when you’re working, make sure they know when you’re not to be disturbed,” she says.
Reclaim your ability to focus by closing out email and working in offline mode, suggests Thomas.

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