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With so many auditions taking place online in hopes of minimizing the spread of the coronavirus coupled with fewer jobs coming to fruition, how much has your productivity level changed?

It’s fair to assume there’s a whole lot less time being spent commuting to the various casting facilities throughout the city, all the while, you’re likely spending more time on the technological aspects of auditioning virtually as well as attending online classes, networking, and creating your own content.

Some in casting describe the new standard of virtual meetings as “more productive.” Still, casting directors remark that online casting simply is not the same as seeing actors in person. But with filmmakers, actors, and casting professionals adapting to the unprecedented circumstances as well as its limitations, a growing sense of camaraderie is developing amongst all involved in the process. Moreover, because the current online solutions are effective for so many in production, virtual casting is highly likely to continue post-pandemic.

Regarding all jobs across the U.S that are likewise increasingly moving online, FlexJobs looked into how people across all industries are doing as far as productivity is concerned. According to their survey, 51-percent of participants reported their productivity rates have increased since lockdowns began, and 95 percent agreed their productivity levels have been higher or remained at least the same while working remotely.

The respondents attributed their improvements in productivity to the following reasons:

  • Fewer interruptions
  • Increased focus
  • Quieter work environment
  • More comfortable workplace
  • Lack of commute time
  • The ability to avoid office politics
  • And many expressed happiness at being able to spend more time with their loved ones and pets while stationed at home.

All in all, the improved work-life balance left the majority of respondents hoping to continue with their remote jobs once the pandemic passes. In fact, they’re even okay with taking a bit of a paycut to continue with the remote set-up.

Even though so many are glad to work from the comfort of home, the new arrangement is certainly not perfect. For example, a number of individuals state that the remote work conditions are actually worse because of the many distractions that bombard them throughout the day. Also, 20-percent admit it’s challenging to “unplug’ when they work from home.

For those who are finding it difficult to stay focused on their work while at home and are feeling overwhelmed with all the screen time in their lives during these unprecedented days, the author of the book Hyperfocus, Chris Bailey, has some insights to consider. 

Recent research clearly demonstrates that the state of people’s attention determines the state of their lives; in fact, the ability to focus is key to productivity, creativity, and living a meaningful life. Watch the TED Talk below to learn how allowing for more down time, even boredom, is conducive to productivity. “Overstimulation [not distraction] is the enemy of focus,” Bailey insists. He challenges viewers to reduce their mental stimulation by disconnecting from their screens as much as possible. “It’s a two-week challenge … simply notice what happens to your attention.”
“How many ideas do you get? How does your focus change? How many plans do you make?”
Bailey asks.

Give it a try, and tell us if you notice a difference!