Some tips to avoid working from home distractions

25/08/2020

Some tips to avoid working from home distractions

Nowadays we are facing challenging times that force companies and employees to deal with a new and unknown scenario: working from home. Therefore, one of the main obstacles that we are all experiencing is focusing on our tasks, as the distractions at home are many. However, there are some techniques and tools that can help us to go through this situation, boosting our level of concentration and productivity.

Among these, we can find the Pomodoro Technique, a time management method developed at the end of the 80s. It consists in managing time efficiently by breaking work down into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks of five minutes normally. After four periods in a row, the break should be longer.  

According to its creators, Pomodoro Technique enhances mental agility, making employees more productive and focused on the tasks that need to be delivered. The key of its success lies in the only need of a timer, to prevent employee to constantly look at the clock.

In order to make the most of this effort, it is also advisable to dedicate each slot for a single task. At the beginning of the day, it could be helpful to make a list summarizing them. It is worth to spend some time on this, as it will make the employee understanding which actions have to be conducted first, addressing them in an effective way.

Besides Pomodoro Technique, there are other methods pursuing the same goal, such as Flowtime. This technique was created by Dionatan Mora, and according to himself, it is an evolution of Pomodoro’s. Flexibility is the main difference between these techniques, as Flowtime can be executed for slots ranging from 10 to 90 minutes, depending on the tasks. It states that, once the initial time frame has expired, if employees are willing to keep on working, they should take advantage of the momentum and continue, leveraging the concentration peak. At the end of the day, it allows to have some flexibility according to the needs and mood.

In both cases, split time is key. As we mentioned above, it can be easily done with a timer, although there are also some digital tools integrating these features that give us a plus in productivity. We are talking about Timebar and Tadam, digital time managers that perfectly fulfil both techniques.

On the one hand, Timebar is an app installed in MAC’s Finder and allows user to control time, being the computer a timer itself. Thus, once the employee has established the deadline, an alarm will announce the end of this period. On the other hand, Tadam is a basic app working as a timer that sounds an alarm when it finishes.

These may seem as simple techniques, but they are worth to try as they will help to improve productivity. It is not rocket science but easy concepts that could contribute to make life peaceful in these unconventional times.

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