Working from home office can be challenging, as the home environment includes many distractions. However, some tools and applications can be useful, since their functions help to maintain the concentration and, consequently, the productivity of a typical workday in a company. Apps such as iPhone Usage Time (iOS), and Android Digital Wellbeing can help with distractions caused by cellphone notifications, and mental exercises help to stay focused during the home office regime implemented during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Check out, in the list below, some of the solutions that dnetc has prepared and that can help you maintain focus and productivity in remote jobs. Organizing apps and native phone tools help you maintain good home office practices and focus when working from home.
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1. Control your mobile notifications
The iPhone Usage Time app allows you to hide notifications Photo: Helito Bijora / dnetc
Controlling the notifications that arrive on the cell phone is a useful solution, as this helps to keep the focus and concentration on other work activities, distancing itself from the disengagements caused by the use of the smartphone. Tools such as iPhone Usage Time and Android Digital Wellbeing allow you to access information such as time spent on apps and websites, allowing you to set time limit adjustments on apps.
In addition, features such as "Rest" of iPhone Usage Time are useful because they allow you to choose the notifications you want to receive, blocking the bells of other applications that divert your attention: you can block notifications from leisure apps when you're working , and silence job notifications at the end of the working day.
The "Rest" feature is similar to Android's "Do Not Disturb", which silences messages, calls and notifications in general, but can be modified and configured by you. In addition, you can also disable notifications on Android at "Manage Notifications" at any time.
The Tempo de Uso app allows you to discover and control the usage time of apps Photo: Helito Bijora / dnetc
One of the features available in the iPhone Usage Time and Android Digital Wellness apps is to limit the use of specific apps, in addition to incoming notifications. On the iPhone, when the "Usage Time" tool is activated, you will have access to a graph that tells you the amount of time spent on applications and websites. The "Limit of Apps" feature allows you to set a daily access limit for this category, blocking the use of social networks or games while working, for example.
The iPhone Time of Use app similar to Digital Wellbeing on Android Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora
On Android, the "Dashboard" tool shows the time spent on apps, and compares the time spent using apps individually with the overall screen time, as well as allowing you to set daily limits for using certain apps. This is an interesting tool as it can be used to define which apps cannot be accessed during the work period.
3. Organize working time with timers
Time Planner is an organizer app that can help you focus on completing tasks Photo: Helito Beggiora / dnetc
Personal organization applications can also be useful as they have specific resources to assist in performing tasks. In addition, defining the time to be spent for each activity can help to increase the pace of productivity.
The clock applications of the cell phones themselves include the "Timer" or "Timer" function that can be activated when carrying out work tasks. You can schedule activities, set the time required to complete them, and activate the timing function. There are also more complete apps with these functions, close to planners for daily planning of activities.
4. Organize tasks with activity lists
Microsoft To Do allows organizing tasks and leisure during home office Photo: Reproduo / Luana Antunes
Setting and organizing goals that need to be achieved on the day is also important, and apps can help you accomplish your tasks with lists of activities for the day. Apps like Trello, Todoist and Google Calendar show usefulness in their functions, which can range from adding reminders to remember the day's appointments, organizing weekly tasks with daily set goals, and selecting priority lists, organizing your actions so that everything is completed throughout the day or week, for example.
5. Keep your concentration and avoid using your cell phone
In remote jobs like the home office it is important to have discipline to meet goals and maintain productivity. Smartphones are often the main source of distraction at work, but they can also be used for your own benefit from apps that help you stay focused, like Forest.
With a gamification system, Forest is an application that eliminates virtual distractions so that the user can focus on the execution of their tasks Photo: Reproduction / Graziela Silva
The application helps to control who can not stop using the cell phone, with a very creative and responsible proposal: you plant a seed that over time begins to turn into a tree, but if you use the cell phone to enter is some app that takes your attention with a social network or game, for example the withered tree starts to die.
6. Relax with mental exercises
Another solution to stay alert and focused on the home office can be represented by meditation and mental exercise apps. No one can be productive all the time, and it is necessary to keep breaks between tasks, even small ones, for the mind to relax and be productive again. Apps like Calm have relaxation and meditation functions with a two-minute rest time, which help to maintain concentration and eliminate stress caused by work tasks.
Calm teaches how to meditate Photo: Reproduo / Bruno Soares
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