Being productive, whether at work or at home, is one of the key indicators of success. However, a good percentage of people struggle with making sure that they are productive, especially at home. This is because of the many distractions one can get at home, as well as spending time doing things that they are not passionate about.
Productivity is an important trait in a person’s life. When a person is productive, they can find themselves doing more work in less time. In addition, they are able to tackle more difficult tasks and still get some time to relax and engage in their hobbies. It also plays a very important role in keeping people healthy.
That notwithstanding, people struggle with being productive at home. Even though they know how important it is, they do not try to evaluate the reasons that might be making them unproductive. Such people rarely complete their tasks on time and are always behind their peers. There are different reasons that lead to unproductivity at home. Some of them include:
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Technology has evolved so much in recent years to a point where we have different technology-driven tools to help us with different things in our day-to-day life. These tools are driving innovations and business processes today.
However, the same tools contribute a lot to our unproductivity at home. For instance, people are easily distracted by things such as notification alerts on their phones, social media platforms, and responding to messages on different messaging applications.
Many people spend a lot of time scrolling through their phones, especially social media applications, and chatting with their friends. Research has shown that people spend about 2 hours and 24 minutes per day on social media. It is such easy access to technology devices that keep people unproductive at home.
Bad Quality of Sleep
The quality of sleep affects how productive a person gets during the day. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced companies to allow their employees to work from home. This means that they (employees) work alone without supervision, and they need to make sure that they are productive.
However, some of them deprive themselves of sleep. This affects their work performance as well as work relationships. They end up finding it difficult to learn new things, communicate, or even concentrate on their work. This leads to increased memory lapses and issues when solving problems.
One of the leading causes of poor sleep is the color of light in our homes. For instance, most people do not know how blue light can affect their sleep. It interferes with the ability of their body to get ready for sleep by blocking the melatonin hormone that is responsible for making people sleepy.
Some people lack productivity at home due to a lack of direction. Such people might know what they want to achieve, they might even know what the end goal is, but due to lack of direction, they end up being unproductive and might never achieve the end goal.
This happens when a person is presented with a task that they have never handled before or when they have a task that they think is very difficult for them. This stalls their performance, making them less productive than they usually are.
Other times, a person might have a lot of tasks to accomplish, something that makes them overwhelmed. Also, when they have a lot on their minds, their productivity is affected, and they will not be able to achieve what they wanted to achieve on a particular day.
Lack Of Discipline
Working from home requires a lot of self-discipline. When in the office, a person knows that they are being watched and tries as much as they can to remain productive. If they don’t, then they might get fired.
Working on your own business means that you have to be disciplined if the business is to survive. If you don’t, then you might end up losing customers and closing up shop.
However, working from home means that you are the one calling the shots. You do not have your managers or supervisors with you. If you lack the discipline to guide you on what you are supposed to do, the chances are that you will remain unproductive and might not achieve your goals for the day.
Being productive is key to achieving success when working from home. It is the only way one can get work done, grow their businesses, and even their careers. It is, therefore, important for one to make sure that they have eliminated anything that makes them less or unproductive when working from home.
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