With so many people now working from home, more people than ever are trying to find creative ways that they can set up a distraction-free workspace amid the chaos of their home lives. Even if you aren’t working from home, there may still be situations in which you really need to buckle down and get some work done despite what may be going on around you.
To help you put something like this together for yourself, here are three tips for creating a distraction-free workspace.
Keep Your Desk Clear
Some distractions that may come into your mind or view while you’re working are from the environment around you. Knowing this, The Daily Herald recommends that you keep your desk clear of items that you don’t need while you’re working.
Ideally, you should try to keep things like your phone, your calendar, any publications or periodicals and other items completely out of sight. To do this, you may want to purchase a few pieces of office furniture where you can safely stash things so that you don’t have to see them. This can be done using a file cabinet, drawers, boxes, and more. By putting your things in these storage containers, you’ll be able to clear them off your desk but still keep them within reach in the event that you need them later on while you’re working.
Muffle Outside Noise
Another way you can become distracted while you’re trying to work can be through what you hear. So unless you need to be able to hear what’s going on around you, you should try to find some way to muffle any outside noise that could pull your focus away.
If you’re working in your own office, Jenna Schuster, a contributor to the Seattle Times, recommends putting in some soundproofing accessories. While you can go all-out by soundproofing your actual office, you can also try adding things like wall hangings, curtains, plush furniture, and other, more natural items to block out some sound.
Choose A Chair Meant For Comfort
It’s only natural for your body to get uncomfortable after you’ve been sitting in the same position for too long. But if this keeps happening to you after only a short period of time, you may need to get a new chair that will keep you more comfortable and allow you to spend more time focused on your work rather than the pain of your body.
For most people, Kate Reggev, a contributor to Dwell.com, shares that a chair with a well cushioned seat and strong back support will allow you to sit still long enough to work in larger chunks of time.
If you need to find a way to make focusing on work easier, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you set up a distraction-free workspace for yourself.