1. Set Your Office Up for Productivity.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a massive office with solid oak doors, impenetrable by the outside world, with a giant desk overlooking a quiet pond, or maybe a stand of weeping willow trees, disturbed only by the deer playing around the trunks…
Okay, that’s not likely to happen for most people, but you can still design your home office with productivity in mind.
Try to stay out of trafficked areas and find a quiet corner of the house, if at all possible. Paint your space a soothing color you enjoy (green is supposed to be great for productivity). Make sure your space has a window, unless you enjoy the feeling of working in a cave. Put plants or a small fountain outside that window, if possible, to give yourself something non-distracting and peaceful to look at. Make enough space that you can have everything you need to get your work done easily at hand.
2. Keep Your Distractions Handy.
You’re going to need brain-breaks once in a while. Maybe it’s a book, or a game app on your phone, or a favorite musical instrument–choose your weapon. Keep it close by so you can reward yourself with short breaks, but tuck it out of sight. You don’t want to be constantly tempted and find yourself staring longingly at it instead of working.