How to Eliminate Distractions at Home

How to Eliminate Distractions at HomeSo you’ve made the decision to eliminate distractions from your life.

The best place to start is with the distractions you may be facing at home. Since this is an area where you spend a lot of time and something that’s mainly under your own control, it’s a good place to start to eliminate distractions from your life. Make sure your home is a calm place where you can both relax and get things done.  It will help set you up for a more successful workday as well.

Set yourself up for success by decluttering your home.

You may not realize it but having a messy and unorganized home is very distracting. Not only are you wasting precious time looking for things, your mind also unconsciously tries to keep tabs on everything that isn’t in place. You may not notice it, but all that clutter is constantly distracting you. Do you get ready to fix dinner but are distracted from your task by the pile of dirty dishes in the sink, including the saucepan you were planning on using. You get the idea.

Thinking about the mess at home may even pop into your head while you’re at work, disrupting your thought processes. Start decluttering and organizing. As an added benefit, you won’t get distracted by stepping on a toy or getting caught in the pile of laundry on the floor.

Pick one room or one category of items, and go through it

Sort your items into things to keep, things to donate, and things to throw away. As soon as you’re done sorting for the day, take the throwaway pile out to the rubbish. Put the donation pile into your car to drop off on your way to work. Even better, go do it now. It will be one less thing to worry about. Keep working through your belongings until you’ve pared it down to the things you actually use and love. Having less stuff means less clutter, and fewer things to worry about. Tidying up and cleaning the house becomes a lot easier and faster without all that extra stuff distracting you.

To help you deal with all sorts of your mental clutter, give meditation a try

It’s a millennial old technique that helps you clear your mind and calm you down. Daily practice of meditation can help you avoid or at least greatly reduce those random thoughts about anything and everything from popping in your head while you’re working on something productive. You don’t want to be wondering if the milk in the fridge is expired to disrupt your flow when you’re making good progress on a project at work. Meditation can help you get there.

Grab a book, watch a video, download an app, or listen to a guided meditation MP3 on your phone. While it takes years to truly master deep meditation, you can benefit from doing it just a few minutes a day. The results are almost immediate.

Meditation is also a great tool for helping you relax and sleep better. You need to be able to unplug and relax from time to time. And I mean the unplugging quite literally. Turn off and unplug your phone, close your computer, and enjoy a few precious hours of undistracted time at home. Use them to relax, connect with loved ones, work on a project in the house, or rekindle your interest in an old hobby. All of this will go a long way towards getting your head in the right space when crunch time comes.

There’s also a lot you can do in your personal life to simplify things

We already talked about decluttering but it doesn’t stop there. Keeping mental tabs on everything going on at home that you need to remember can be quite distracting. Instead of trying to remember all those birthdays and appointments, get in the habit of using a daily planner or calendar. Once you write it down, you know it’s there and you no longer need to keep mental tabs on it.

Does making sure all bills are paid on time is distract you? Consider setting everything you can up on direct debits or standing orders. It’s such a freeing feeling to know that all your bills are paid on time and you avoid having the random thought of “did I remember to pay this” running through your head. You also will no longer be distracted by the random “to be paid” bill on your desk when you’re settling in to get work done or go rummaging for an important file. Setting bills to auto-pay is another great way to start eliminating distractions at home.

What are you going to try first to eliminate distractions at home?

Pick something and start cutting down the distractions you face when you’re in your house. Your home should be a sanctuary where you can relax and recharge after a productive and tiring day at work. Start taking the first few steps towards making that happen and eliminate distractions at home.

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Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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6 thoughts on “How to Eliminate Distractions at Home

  1. Easy peasy common sense advice as always.
    On reading the title of this blog my immediate thought was the distractions I needed to tidy away were my kids husband and dog but that would lead to a quiet and boring life so I know I have to address the clutter. Working one room at a time is a good ploy and one I undertake.

    • Hi Elaine, tidying away the kids husband and dog may get me in to trouble, treat them nicely, tell them which room you’re going to declutter, so that they can make themselves scarce 🙂

  2. I feel uncomfortable with empty surfaces so my “office” (the dining room) is full of clutter. My housemate is going on holiday next week and my remit is to declutter.
    Considering I’ve lived here for six years, I still have packed boxes lurking around.

    Thanks for your timely post, Mike!