Eliminate Distractions in Your Homeschool and Work


Eliminate Distractions in Your Homeschool and Work

By Donna Vail

Many families have discovered the benefits of homeschooling and many more have discovered working from home can be an added bonus. Almost everything worth doing comes with its fair share of challenges. Your work and children’s academics are important and require focus free of distractions in order to be productive. Is this possible in a busy home? It’s unrealistic to eliminate all distractions, especially when children or other people are involved. In fact, some distractions are healthy and provide an impetus for creativity and great ideas.

To begin minimizing distractions in your day, determine your 3-5 highest values and keep these in front of you at all times. When faced with any decision, choose according to your highest values. This helps you weed out the things you shouldn’t be doing keeping you on point and productive.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle

Let’s go into more detail now with 3 tips for your homeschool and 3 tips for your working-at-home:

Eliminating Distractions from Your Homeschool

  1. Turn off the television, phone, and email and keep your front door locked. It’s time to study. Most anything can wait. Make yourself available for emergency contact only. This may seem limiting as if you’re closing yourself off from life. What you’re really saying is you value and respect yourself and your children. We all need to reserve protected time that allows us to focus free from distractions. It’s imperative to do this especially when creating new study habits.
  2. Create time blocks for Independent Study Time, Free Exploration Time, and Shared Family Time, anchored by regular sleep and healthy meals. Stay true to what you’ve set up otherwise it won’t serve you.
  3. Schedule house cleaning either before or after independent study time. When you’re distracted by “other things” like a load of laundry, expect your children to model your behavior. If you want them to stay seated and focused, you must be willing to exemplify the same. With a well-organized plan and help from others, you can get things done, be productive and feel good about life.

Eliminating Distractions while Working-at-Home

  1. Schedule time for focused work. Make sure your children are well taken care of during this time. Set a timer and work only on a specific project. Have your task list created before you show up to do the work. No email, phone calls or social media during this time, unless your business involves social media. Remember this focused time is specifically for work that will move your business forward.
  2. Create office hours. Even though you have flexibility of schedule, know when to turn things off to be fully present in your homeschool and for your family. Set up tasks you can complete and feel good about knowing you’re done, at least for the day. When you stop, rest and have time for the ones you love. This will empower you to be more energized and creative in your work.
  3. Keep in mind that you place a high priority on family and your choice to homeschool. This means you may have to move through larger projects at a slower pace, get a partner or outsource. Get the help you need.

Be prepared, people are going to call you to play, friends will drop by to visit. It’s normal. Friends or neighbors know you’re home and want to spend more time with you. You’re going to have to inform and educate that you’re not always available just because you’re physically home. You have to set boundaries or your studies or work will suffer. Remember that you set your hours and let them know you can be available after lunch or a particular time that works for you or on specific days for free time. Once they know, people are usually very respectful of your choices.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” –Thomas Edison

Mom Inspired to Action:

  • Determine your top 3-5 values. You can follow an easy to use guide found in the Mentor Mastery Inner Circle or read: Inspired Destiny by Dr. John Demartini
  • Create a schedule that honors your sleep, regular healthy meals, your homeschool and work. Once you’ve implemented your schedule, tweak it to find what really works for you and your family. Be flexible around children’s basic needs, nursing babies, illnesses and such.
  • Write down what distractions are keeping your children from their studies and you from your work. Which ones can you eliminate immediately? If any require change or working with other people, plan how you can execute the changes and have a distraction free environment.

What’s your favorite type of calendar? What other ways do you find raises your productivity? Please join our inspired families share by leaving a comment below.


About Donna Vail

Donna Vail is an education-parenting specialist, coach, mompreneur, homeschooling mother of six children, author and founder of An Inspired Education. She helps families create a lifestyle of true freedom by balancing education, work and life through self-education, entrepreneurship and inspiration. She is a highly sought after consultant for her successful guidance and resources that enable parents to let go of traditional parenting and education models, creating a lifestyle of learning where the whole family flourishes. You can find more of her resources at http://donnavailinternational.com


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