What’s the biggest problem with working remotely? Inability to stay focused and low motivation are among the top problems mentioned by respondents.
According to the Hawthorne effect, employees alter their behavior when being watched, which often leads to increased productivity. Though the actual studies still remain controversial, many employees do find that having colleagues around leads to a better focus.
Projects like Focusmate or Workbuddiesonline are exploiting this “feature” of workers and offer online sessions with random workers from around the world. You can join a 1 on 1 or a group session and start working like you are in a virtual office.
They also help to solve another issue with working remotely – the lack of social interaction. People who work from home can go days without talking to another human being. This can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. With online buddies, you get to meet new people from around the world daily!
So if you’re struggling with getting things done while working from home, you can try to join the online working session. Luckily it’s completely free!
Let me know if this approach works for you or if you have any other tips to increase productivity.