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I have a confession to make. This time of year I tend to get distracted. I think it’s the perfect weather that draws me away from my screen and towards the ocean or the first tee.

Can you relate?

The workshifting lifestyle is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to flexibility. True, you don’t have to be chained to a cube breathing recycled air, but you still have responsibility to get work done.

To solve this, I’ve found it works best to create boxes of time in my day that are allocated with no distractions. I also leave time for getting outside or away from my laptop and phone. When I am in do-not-disturb mode, I don’t check email, Twitter, blogs, Google+ or Facebook. I don’t answer the phone or talk to people. I work.

This way, I can be disciplined and ultra-productive without driving myself crazy or burning out. When I take the DND sign off my desk, I’m looking to quench my everyday-is-Saturday thirst.

Timeboxing and quiet hours have been well documented. Here are a few good resources to help you stay productive:

It may take some trial and error to find out when you are most productive and when you are most prone to distractions. I tend to work better in the mornings and late at night. A good friend of mine is the opposite – she likes to begin and end with downtime and crank through midday uninterrupted. Once you have a feel for your natural routine, set your calendar and turn yourself loose.

What are your 2 cents?

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David Horne
David Horne is a marketer and writer pursuing the location non-specific lifestyle. When not running his digital agency, content studio or golf startup, you can find him on the golf course or typing at davidhorne.me.
  • http://twitter.com/domin8k Dominik Kopeć

    I found myself best working at late night till morning – everybody is sleeping, so no facebook updates, no calls – it’s the best time for work.

    • http://davidhorneis.com/ david horne

      No doubt evenings are quieter. You can get a lot done in a couple of hours with no interruptions. How are you scheduling your sleep?

    • http://www.theofficeescape.com Ella Pelayo

      I agree with you Dominik, I do the same thing. The only problem I have with working the graveyard shift is my health. I find myself more sickly and easy to catch colds and flu. Sometimes I wanted to just rent out an office space nearby however I also don’t want to sacrifice the advantages of working from home.

  • Tdhawkbbq

    I think the mindset MUST be that it’s an impossibility to manage TIME, which tick-tocks away regardless of what you’re doing. The discipline is mastering your minutes devoted only to priorities before they become urgencies (problems). To-do lists and “time blocks” are ineffective if either isn’t chock full of knocking out priorities first.

    • http://davidhorneis.com/ david horne

      Yes, there is really no saving or managing time. More it is managing yourself against the time you have to accomplish your work or whatever. Priorities are key and specifically knowing what is important vs. urgent. Thanks for stopping by and sharing, your comment addresses the philosophical elements of time. Maybe time stewardship is what we should call it.  

  • http://www.paulhunterjones.com Paulhunterjones

    The traditional office setting provides more contiguous blocks
    of time while eliminating most distractions.  Working from various locations normally allows
    for only a few hours of work from any particular location. You are correct in
    stating that the work must get done regardless of location. Your suggestions
    are worth a try. I need a certain degree of flexibility in order to meet with
    clients and respond to time sensitive new work. Consequently I may not be able
    to work within specific blocks of time during the day. I am considering allotting
    time in the evening to handle work that was not completed at a specific time
    during the day.