Is work-from-home making you more lethargic than ever before? Is the onset of summer contributing to your laziness and slowing down your work product? You need to get motivated! We’ve put together 9 quick tips on acing productivity during the pandemic, and making sure you emerge as an even better version of yourself!
Switch to audio
The blurred line between taking video calls and executing work has affected a lot of people’s productivity. It’s perfectly fine to not take video calls anymore. For calls that can be quick, schedule audio only calls to ensure they stick to timelines, so your work day can have more structure.
Create a Workspace
In an office environment, people are focused and productive because of the atmosphere. At home as well, you need to create a workspace rather than lazing on your bed with your laptop. Get up and confine yourself to a specific work area to maximise productivity.
Create a Routine
Being productive comes at a cost of being disciplined. If you find yourself following a set routine, you will be able to extract more out of your day. For example, start your day by reading the news, getting breakfast or exercising - move on to creating a schedule of your work day, and stick to it.
By staying indoors, a lot of people have forgotten what it’s like to stay active. Inactivity causes laziness and lethargy - thus making it important to get some fresh air and exercise. You don’t need to roll out a yoga mat; take quick breaks every few hours to do some basic exercises to stay fit. If you’re able to play a sport, do it!
Social interactions aren’t given enough credit - after all, man is a social animal! According to science, oftentimes people lose that pep in their step when they lose connecting with friends and family. To combat this, make sure you’re part of small text groups with your friends, or share memes with each other to shoot a smile in the midst of a hectic day. Organize virtual game nights to build camaraderie, or watch parties to catch the latest shows and movies together, from a distance. You’ll be surprised how far this goes in helping you increase productivity, and giving you something to look forward to at the end of a work day.
Virtual Coffee Breaks
Tired of staying alone? Get a cup of coffee with someone - virtually! Ask your friends or family, or even contacts from a digital network if they want to get a cup of coffee over a call.
Don’t get distracted
It’s easy to get distracted by the television, internet or other things around the house. Make it a point not to access social media during work hours, stream movies and shows, or take longer breaks than needed during work hours.
Don’t let the news get to you
Watching or reading the news is inevitable, and it can quickly send you down a rabbit hole, making hours of productive time go down the drain. Read the news, but calm yourself from feeling overly anxious about the situation outside. After all, it is what it is.
Schedule Family Time
If you live with family or housemates, draw boundaries during work hours - this means interacting with them only as necessarily required in the course of the day. Don’t feel guilty about not spending time with them, after all, you’d have otherwise been in the office!
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