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How to Stay Focused While Working in a Remote Job

02/26/2015 04:37 am ET | Updated Apr 28, 2015

The internet has helped to shape many new industries, and ways of earning a living. Internet has also helped to bring together teams of people from all over the world, without any physical interaction. Most commonly known as remote workers, these are the people who work from the comfort of their own homes, offices or anywhere else they prefer to work from.

I'm one of those people. I come from a European country, but quite often I find myself working with clients from the United States, and that makes me a remote worker.

Discipline and focus are the two main things when it comes to being your own boss of a work schedule, because distraction and temptation is all around you, even if you think that you're being loyal and honest with yourself.

Do you struggle with staying focused on remote jobs? Let me share with you some of the things we can do to make it easier.

1. Daily Achievements

Every day you're going to be doing some work, either towards a goal, or generally doing stuff that you're required to do. Even if you have never taken notes or done goal, it's a good idea to just write down what exactly you want to achieve the next day. What that does it creates that working space for you, you already know what you need to do, so you happily proceed, and not only do the results come about quicker, you feel a great sense of accomplishment.

2. Realistic Working Hours

I have found that setting realistic working hours for each day can be a great way to differentiate work from play even if you work directly from your desk at home. It also creates the effect that you have an actual job to do. It's so easy to just hop out in the morning, thinking to yourself that you have all day to finish work; but the truth is that setting yourself up for a schedule will help to improve productivity and overall work satisfaction.

3. Learn Email Management

Your biggest hurdle is always going to be email. It's sort of like a bad drug addiction, not only is it easy to gain access to it, you also want to access it on frequent basis because it might provide some temporary relief from the tasks that are actually important. These days there are a lot of ways to manage your email addiction (if it really is that extreme), in a way that you can use browser extensions, or simply use a different browser for work all together.

Whatever the case, these would be the things that help me to get through the day as a remote worker, but these are definitely not all of the things to take into account for; when you're working in a bigger group of people, a lot of team communication also comes into play, which may or may not help you to be more focused and realistic about your job requirements.