Pandemic has changed the life settings of every human on the planet where once we were a free bird, and now the situation has made us caged. While many firms are trying out various models to bring employees back to the office, the situation looks far from being normal any time soon.
The offline businesses which were thriving before the Covid-19 were automatically thrown into the hustle of the online market. It’s no wonder that even a vegetable seller upgraded to become socially active to engage with his/ her customer base created offline.
Looks like work from home has become a norm for everyone including our vegetable seller. So, We decided to bring you 5 tips to improve productivity during work from home.
Create a Routine and Follow it:
While it’s easy to make a routine, it’s difficult to follow one. We frequently plan our schedules without considering all of the minor things we do throughout the day that eat up small chunks of our time. To solve this problem, we suggest you list all the things you do in a day, even the smallest ones. Like If you’re a serial napper, list your naps! This is the only way you can analyse your time consumption for various activities throughout the day.
Be aware of zones, because we tend to separate our day into morning zone, midday zone and evening zone. While the mornings are generally more productive, try to inculcate all the trivial tasks in the morning zone of your day. With this pattern, you’ll be able to list the easier tasks for the midday zone and the not so trivial tasks for the evening zone. Listing your tasks will make your routine flexible and not obligatory. You will not be doing something out of your comfort zone but understanding your pattern and maintaining it accordingly. So one step sorted, let’s go for tip number 2.
Set Up Your Workstation:
Successful remote workers set up a distinct office space in their house or just a small corner dedicated to being active and focused on work. Work from home gives us the option of choosing our workspace with a good amount of natural light, a comfortable temperature and furniture. You can either work in a small corner on a rug or make your own desk space as per your choice which is not even feasible in your own office. After assigning yourself a workspace, focus on keeping it organised and clean. Keep in mind to declutter at the end of the day to start afresh the next morning.
Having a comfortable chair will help you to maintain a good posture and let you sit for work for long periods without any discomfort. Your workspace will help you to detangle the knot between work life and home life. As soon as you leave the workspace, your mind will turn off the work mode and you’ll be able to relax freely after office hours without stretching it in your home life. Hopefully, this would have given you clarity on the importance of setting up a workstation. So, let’s jump onto tip number 3.
Take Breaks and Hydrate Yourself:
Take pauses at regular intervals, go for a walk, play with your pet, or listen to music. It is scientifically proven that your prefrontal cortex (thinking region of the brain) requires breaks to avoid decision fatigue, to improve production capacity as well as to enhance creativity.
When you’re at work, it’s a natural process to take breaks to let your mind relax. But at work from home, the structure is different. Also, keep a check on your water intake and hydrate yourself mindfully throughout the day.
You can also take short naps or practice breathing exercises to stay more focused and productive during the day.
Make sure that you have an appropriate break-time schedule in your planner.
Make a note of how long each break lasts.
As soon as the clock strikes the preset time, stop operating.
Schedule a Quality Family Time:
Let’s take a moment to understand what is meant by “quality time.” Once you’ve defined the concept, you can understand how you can spend more quality time with your family, your children, and your partner.
Since many parents have hectic schedules, spending time with their children can fall to the bottom of the priority list. You must not allow this to happen in your family. You can avoid this by creating a family time calendar. Like, say Saturday, enjoy an evening game with the whole family and watch a movie together on Sundays. Dinner can become one such family time for weekdays where the whole family enjoys the food together and relaxes. Enjoy the seasonal fruit together in the evening. All these activities will improve family bonding and empower you to look forward to weekends and dinners together. I guess by now you are ready for the spiritual tip number 5.
Meditate and Exercise Regularly:
Do you know exercise helps you release a feel-good hormone aka dopamine? It’s not only about physical health but also mental health. On that note, just like exercise is the workout of the body, meditation is the workout of the mind. Yes! Meditation helps you clear your thoughts and apply mindfulness to all the activities you do throughout the day. Exercise and meditation go hand in hand to keep your overall well-being. Sitting in silence will calm you down and give a clear thought process to complete the work at hand. It helps you to manage your productivity and be as efficient as you can be.
Exercise motivates you to be better than yesterday. It gives you the rush to achieve all your goals. Sweating releases body toxins and makes you a happier individual. So do not miss those Surya Namaskars in the morning. Give your body and brain their daily boost for proper functioning throughout the day. Stay happy, stay healthy and stay productive during this work from home situation.
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Article by Purva Tiwari, MA Psychology.