Last Updated on November 19, 2022 by asifa
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How work from home has impacted the productivity of an employee
In today’s conditions, procrastination can occur and this can be considered the norm. We are all under stress: in this state, our prefrontal cortex works less efficiently. Namely, it is responsible for self-control. Today it is harder for us to take ourselves in hand than in calm times. We are affected by the information storm, which takes all the attention. And this is normal because suddenly there is a threat to our health, life, or well-being. The main task is to learn to live with it.
It is important to assess the context in which we find ourselves Quarantine procrastination. The first is that we started working at home, and we were not used to it. For our brain, a home is a place where we relax and lie in front of the TV. Now we have to re-educate ourselves that we need to work there, which is difficult.
Second, there are many distractions at home. If you watch a video on YouTube at work, you can get a warning for it. At home, no one controls. And if a person doesn’t live alone, then other family members also need attention: talk to a husband or wife, pet a cat, and so on. That is, there are many factors around that can be distracting, and there is no external control.
During quarantine and pandemics, many people became increasingly anxious. Often they cannot think of anything but the surrounding situation. As a result, they cannot calm down and focus on work.
How to fight procrastination during quarantine?
Plan. It is worth devoting time to this and clearly defining what needs to be done. There should be a to-do list for at least a week and every day. It is vital to indicate not only the process but also the result: for example, not just “write a text,” but “write one or three texts.”
Exercises for concentration. For example, meditation. You can do them in the morning, start with three minutes and gradually increase the time. We sit in a comfortable position and concentrate only on deep breathing. Thoughts will carry, but our task is to pay attention to our breathing. This is how we develop the skill of controlling the flow of thought.
“Tomato method.” Put timers on a smartphone or special applications and force yourself to do only work for an hour: until the timer rings. During this period, you cannot pick up the phone, check social networks, you only need to do work.
Remove distributing factors. If you are distracted by each notification of the smartphone — postpone it as far as possible. Remove anything that might steal your attention.
Reward yourself, give positive support. This makes it easier for us to understand that we do all this primarily for ourselves. For example, finish writing the text at 15:00 and then watch 30 minutes of interesting video.
Relax. We cannot enter a state of burnout now. As a rule, when we burn out, changing the environment, walks, and gifts may help. All of this is currently partially unavailable.
Additional tips for Quarantine procrastination
Not only the virus is contagious but also the negative emotions caused by it. We need a lot of internal resources to cope with stress. How to do it? Be in touch with reality. We cannot influence what we don’t notice and aren’t aware of. Our task is to see clearly and to think clearly.
Come up with a plan and schedule for the next two weeks. This may sound strange, but most of us don’t seem to have more time even though we don’t spend it on public transport any more. Don’t postpone a personal development plan for the same period “after the virus”.
Lifestyle changes are a big stress for the family. Talk to each other, openly discuss fears, negotiate. Now we are constantly near, there are almost no events, but there is information — everyone has their own. Share what you read, learned, understood. This will bring family members closer together and won’t break the bond between them.
The paradox about our loved ones is that it is almost impossible to be together all the time and stay in close contact. Think of a place where you can be alone with yourself. If before there was no such place in the flat — it’s time to take care of it.