Tel 805-669-6095

7 Ways to Stay Focused Working at Home

work at home focus'

Dorit Sasson blogs about branding and content marketing for authors and small business over at Giving Voice to Your Story.

The top challenge I had to face after my daughter was born was being able to consistently stay focused working from home. It took great discipline to sit alone behind a computer knowing that any minute my daughter would cry. Fueled by anxiety, I’d get terribly distracted and feel so unproductive, I’d go to the fridge and check my Facebook status. Surely there had to be a better way.


Let’s face it. Working at home isn’t exactly convenient when there are so many distractions and time at a premium.


Since I was so intent on building my career as a freelance writer, I had to find a solution where I could stay focused. If this sounds like your particular situation, consider implementing the following strategies to help you regain control of time so you can refocus.

  • Avoid coffee shops as much as you can. They are a constant source of distraction with the ongoing chitter-chatter plus you can end up spending quite a bit of money per week on coffee and drinks. If you’re losing time and focus, why should you be spending money?
  • Take advantage of your local library. The quiet (and free!) environment will stimulate your productivity which in turn, can boost your self-esteem. When my youngest started daycare, I still went to the library to maintain productivity that I couldn’t get from staying at home.
  • Join a shared workspace. There’s evidence to the idea that when you invest in your business, you become more productive. I checked out such places online and even though I had to shlep to these places, knowing I invested time and money made me more productive and focused.
  • Track your hours to see when you are the most productive and when you start slacking off. One way to do this is by implementing an hour by hour timeblocking chart to see what you might be doing even while working at a library or at a shared space. After an hour, evaluate your work. This system will inform you of wasted time versus focused time. Try experimenting with this system for a week and notice a few patterns. Use your high energy time to focus on heavy duty assignments and “low time” to answer emails and the like.
  • Stop blaming your children. You didn’t expect this to be a tip, did you? During my maternity leave, I often said I wanted to work from home, but fell into the trap of using my children as an excuse not to work from home. It’s not right to blame my children for my own lack of ambition, (kids need to be kids – that’s their job) so in turn, I learned to celebrate them while I went on with my business.
  • Seek out inexpensive babysitting services. I paid $20 a month for shortstop babysitting service at our local Jewish Community Center, which gave me an additional two hours to work out at the gym from Monday to Thursday. Although I was required to stay at the facility, I could also work on my laptop and “buy” work time if need be. One does not need to be Jewish to partake in these services, and your local JCC might offer these services as well. There are several organizations across the nation that offer a similar service. The YMCA offers free child watch as part of their member benefit.


  • Trade services with another parent. I was lucky to find a few parents who had children my daughter’s age and didn’t mind watching her during after school hours.  In exchange, I would watch their children. The tricky part was finding the right times with both of our schedules to make it work.


So there you have it — seven ways to regain time and stay productive and focused. It takes a lot of discipline to put yourself and your work first. It is however, possible to find a balance between work and family as you work outside the home.

13 Responses to “7 Ways to Stay Focused Working at Home”

  1.' Elna Cain says:


    I’m also a freelance writer with twin toddlers and it took me a while to find my “groove.” Currently, I can only do my client work when my children are either sleeping or with the in-laws.

    My work day doesn’t typically start until 1 pm, but I manage to have time for my children and keep my clients happy.

    I agree with finding babysitting services. I’m fortunate enough to have family close by and I can rely on them on a daily basis provide respite.

    Great tips!

  2. I like looking through a post that can make men and women think.
    Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  3. wonderful put up, very informative. I wonder why the opposite experts of this sector don’t notice this.
    You must proceed your writing. I am sure, you have a great readers’
    base already!

  4. Appreciate this post. Let me try it out.

  5. I think this is one of the most significant info for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. But should remark on some
    general things, The website style is wonderful, the articles
    is really great : D. Good job, cheers

  6.' daria glover says:

    I am so grateful for your blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

  7.' nina hartley says:

    Very good article. Great.

  8. This is the right website for everyone who really wants to find out about this topic.
    You realize a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually will need
    to…HaHa). You definitely put a fresh spin on a topic that has
    been discussed for many years. Great stuff, just excellent!

  9.' EnaCTinnin says:

    I don’t know whether it’s just me or if everybody else experiencing complications with
    your website. It appears to be just like a few of the text on your
    own posts are running off of the screen. Can someone else
    please comment and tell me if this is happening
    to them too? This may be considered a problem with my
    internet browser because I’ve had this happen before.

    • Alan Klein says:

      Hi – The problem seems to be with your browser. Try a different browser. but if you are still having text run off the screen, you will need to go to Preferences and adjust the screen resolution

  10.' MargeUSima says:

    First off I want to say superb blog! I had a quick question that I’d prefer
    to ask if you don’t mind. I found myself curious to determine the method that you
    center yourself and clear your mind before writing. We have had a difficult
    time clearing my thoughts in acquiring my thoughts out.

    I actually do get pleasure from writing but it just appears like the very
    first 10 to 15 minutes are often wasted simply just trying to figure out how to
    begin. Any suggestions or hints? Cheers!

    • Alan Klein says:

      Hi – Every writer facing a blank page (or blank screen) risks the infamous “Writer’s Block.” I find the best way to avoid this is simply start writing whatever comes to mind at that moment. At worst, even if your thoughts are irrelevant to the subject, just start writing anyway and you will find that the writing will begin to drift towards the subject you want to write about. Most ideas will present themselves as you keep the keyboard alive. One consequence of this approach is that you may end up deleting those first few paragraphs – but so what, it got you started. Wishing you success.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *