Working from home is not easy. It can be difficult to stay motivated and focus on the task at hand, especially when there are so many distractions.
We’re all guilty of wasting too much time on social media, but it’s not the only thing on the internet that can distract us. Streaming TV shows, reading the news, and playing games can use up whole days if you’re not careful. But technology doesn’t have to make you less productive. In fact, there are plenty of way technology can help us actually get more done in a day.
Google’s new Translate app can free up plenty of time in your day if you have to translate text between different languages. You just point your camera at the text you want to translate, and the phone’s camera does the rest, displaying the translated text on your screen. This is particularly helpful if you need to translate something that isn’t on a computer screen, such as instruction leaflets.
No surprise visitors
People assume that just because you work from home, you have time to stop and chat. You may welcome surprise visitors at any other time, but they wouldn’t bother you like this if you were in an office. Technology comes to the rescue once again with a wifi doorbell. This gadget is a smart video doorbell that sends footage to your smartphone and allows you to see, hear and speak to the visitor at your door. You can use a wifi doorbell to duck nuisance callers during the day and just get on with your work. The Smart Future has reviewed several of wifi doorbells so you can see which one is right for you.
It may sound strange, but listening to white noise helps a lot of people concentrate. It can block out the kinds of sounds that break our concentration and distract us. This is particularly useful if there are any outside noises you can’t control, like noisy neighbors! In fact, listening to anything unobtrusive can help you focus: even a loop of elevator music, like the one found here.
Planning and organizing your day is also important. If you do it properly, then you can become more productive, as you can divide up your day, give yourself breaks, and, most importantly, set reminders so that you never forget a deadline. There are dozens of apps to help you schedule your days, such as Planner Pro and Google Now. If you have to work on multiple projects at the same time, by setting an organised, with a timer, you can be sure that you give each project the attention that it deserves. Also, change is as good as a rest, so you go into each new task with a clear mind, stopping you from spending fruitless hours on one job.
So, by being a bit tech-savvy, you can get more done in your day, freeing up plenty of time to procrastinate!
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