Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most companies from all around the world have kept themselves shut. According to a report, almost 66% of people in the USA are currently working from home. And, you probably are following the same.
So, how are you going to avoid the nuisances of working from home and improve your productivity? Well, there are a few ways to be more efficient and avert the adversities skillfully.
Limitations of Remote Working
Before you know about the tips to improve your productivity, let’s learn a bit more about the limitations of remote working. This way, you will be able to connect the problem and the solutions.
Lack of Enthusiasm: Working at the office alongside your fellow employees can be pretty much energetic. You will get the pep talks constantly and be able to communicate with others as well. In turn, it will keep you engaged and make you feel motivated, even at the end of the day. However, when you are working away from them, you might not get the enthusiasm to keep going at all. You may sometimes feel a bit lazy as well, which prevents you from being productive.
Lack of Communication: Working as a freelancer and being employed in an office is quite different. With the former, you would not have to rely upon anyone. Conversely, in the latter, you will have to help others and, in return, require guidance from them as well. Nonetheless, when you are working from home, you cannot really do much in this aspect. Well, you may try them calling all day long. But, that would make you get distracted from your own assignments.
Distractions: Honestly, distraction is, indeed, one of the most prominent enemies of productivity. When you are staying at home, you may have to deal with it quite a lot. More so, if you are a father or a mother, then you will have even more responsibilities on your shoulder. Sounds like trouble, doesn’t it?
Security Concerns: Cybercrime has been highly prominent since the last few years. For example, in 2018, around 62% of organizations globally had experienced social engineering assails and phishing. Moreover, a study of the University of Maryland has also found out that at least one computer gets attacked by the same in 39 seconds. Unlike offices, most people usually do not use cybersecurity tools like UBA (which they definitely should employ to their system). Due to this reason, the chances of getting affected by the hackers’ attack increases massively for them.
How to Improve Overall Productivity?
There are several ways that can help you to improve your overall productivity, even when you are battling against the odds. Let’s know more about them.
Create a Dedicated Workstation: Well, it is, indeed, somewhat true that you can’t really get the feel of office at your home. But, you can definitely try your best by making a dedicated workstation. Make sure to find a room that is away from your dining and drawing space. Or you can go to your rooftop as well. It should be in a place where you can feel peaceful, stay away from the rackets, and work proficiently.
Opt for Some Productivity Management Tools: Aside from making a dedicated workstation, you will have to use some productivity management tools. For example, you can use Asana to keep track of your project and progression. You may also employ some video conferencing tools like Zoom to stay in touch with your colleagues and attend conferences.
Make a Habit of Doing Daily Check-ins: There are several different tools available out there that can help you to make daily check-ins. You can do the same by talking with your boss on a video-chat or sending a small text to your office’s WhatsApp group. It, in turn, will help you to follow a proper daily routine and maintain your schedule.
Use a Proper Security System: To avoid cyber-attacks, you can implement two different types of security system on your computer. The first one can be an outright security tool that can help you to keep the malware programs at bay. Or, you may use an access management system, like PAM. But how does it work? Well, for starters, it can monitor, manage, and operate all of your privileged accounts. It also changes the passwords frequently to keep the hackers confused. In addition, it also runs on different operating systems seamlessly.
Take Some Scheduled Breaks: Working for hours and hours all alone can be pretty tiring. So, you can freshen yourself up by taking some scheduled breaks. You can work for an hour and then take a walk for 10 minutes. It will improve your productivity even more.
Use a Separate Number of Office: Frankly, taking calls of the other members of your family or friends can be quite annoying. However, if you switch your phone off, then you may miss out on crucial calls from your workplace as well. So, you can use a separate number for this purpose and keep the other one on silence.
Choose a Proper System for Sharing Documents: Sharing documents on different platforms can be quite a hassle. So, make sure to avoid it by using only one system. For example, if you are using Google Docs for your purpose, then make sure to send all of your files through it.
In all honesty, working from home, especially when you have a pet or a toddler, can be quite distressing. So, make sure to follow all the aforementioned points thoroughly. Hopefully, they can help you to become much more productive and efficient.
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