Many people have faced the challenge of moving to a fully remote work environment in the past few months. Besides staying physically and mentally healthy, remote workers are also concerned about being productive, which sometimes leads to the point of becoming a source of excessive stress. Caring about being productive shouldn’t be a burden on our shoulders, it should be a tool to help us find better ways to achieve our daily goals.
A few weeks ago, I started to realize that I was more concerned about being productive than actually being productive. After recalling several quotes I’ve come across in my life about being present and fully aware of the moment, the big question came up: What if I’m not productive because I’m not present enough?
I soon started to spot some bad habits that have been growing, for example:
- Replying to other matters while on a conference call or a webinar
- Typing emails while having several active conversations with other co-workers
- Doing small chores in the house as breaks but continuously checking Slack
- Having lunch in front of my computer
As you might have noticed, I was trying to juggle with so many things at the same time. I was not present in the conversation nor the conference call. Big mistake.
How can I be present with so many things going on?
Well, easier said than done. We need to learn to prioritize, turn off distractions (mental or physical), and actively create an environment that is better suited to the task at hand. As the good old saying recalls “focus on what you can control“.
- For instance, I really love to listen to upbeat music while working. Sometimes I get too carried away with it and lose focus. When that happens, I remove my headphones (the distraction) because finishing the document is more important right now (priority). Without music ringing inside my head, I can be more present and focused.
- I now go into “do not disturb” mode during meetings to avoid non-essential notifications. I make sure to stop replying to emails or doing other things while on a conference call. I’m entirely present.
- Break times are healthy too so I make sure to put off any work-related task during that time. Whether I’m talking to a relative, a friend, or playing with my pets, I am focused on being 100% there.
By shifting my attention to being in the moment, I started enjoying the benefits of being more productive without becoming too anxious about it, even on days I have plenty of stuff to do.
If you are facing the same challenge I invite you to take some time to analyze what are your distractions and how to prioritize your attention to be more present on the task at hand. You will make the most out of each moment and everyone around you will notice it too.
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