Everyone is stuck at home because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, a lot of businesses allowed their employees to work from home. It is completely normal to feel underproductive in these circumstances as the switch to working remotely needs an adjustment period. In this blog, you will find some tips and tricks to help you become more productive (and healthy) while working from home.
SET UP A CLEAR WORKSPACE
Clearing your desk of all the clutter and items that won’t help you in your job will clear your mind and is more likely to increase your productivity. Environment plays a big role in mood and creativity; if the area around you is full of random stuff, this will increase the chances of you getting distracted from the task at hand. We also suggest listening to some relaxing music; preferably with no lyrics to keep you focused and in a state of flow.
ACT AS IF YOU ARE IN THE OFFICE
Try as much as possible to act as if you were in your actual workplace. Wear comfortable work-appropriate clothes - other than your sleepwear - in order to get out of the laid back & chill mood that we usually have at home. It doesn't need to be something fancy, by doing this, it will act as a trigger that prepares you mentally for a working mood. Try to stick with your regular working hours and breaks, since you are already used to the routine in the office so why break the cycle! In fact, the routine will be relatively easier for you since you eliminated your daily commute in addition to the time you spent to get ready very early in the morning.
COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR TEAM
Working remotely is not a valid excuse to cut communication with your coworkers. We are in the era of communication where anything is possible using the internet. Keep in touch with your coworkers using productivity and communication apps such as Slack, Trello, Zoom, and Google G-Suite. Try to conduct regular weekly non-work related meetings and talk about random things other than work. Maintaining communication within your team is essential to grow the harmony within its members, and yes it can still be done online!
INVEST IN BETTER TECHNOLOGY
This period is the perfect time to upgrade your existing gadgets. By doing something as simple as buying a new keyboard and mouse for your computer will give you an added boost to increase your productivity. You could also upgrade your internet speed or even buy software that will enhance your productivity. Don’t remember that you have additional disposable income from not going to work and working remotely; transportation costs, cost of lunch at work, cost of dry cleaning your suits, etc...
REWARD YOURSELF WITH HEALTHY SNACKS
Providing your brain with healthy nutrition while working will improve your mood and increase your creativity. Try keeping a bottle of water and some nuts on your desk so you could always snack and make boring tasks less boring! Nuts are filled with healthy fats that will help keep you focused.
Try Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios and Walnuts. Check this article for their nutritional value and more information about nuts.
Extra tip: try to take your snacks right after the completion of a task; it will act as a reward to yourself for accomplishing the job, hence it gives you a refresher and boost for your upcoming task.
STRETCH AND GET THE BLOOD FLOWING
Lack of movement and sitting all day in front of your computer is very detrimental for both your mental and physical health. Try to get up every hour or so to move your body. Just stretch your back or walk around the house, you could even do some push ups or planks to get the blood flowing in your body. Here is a 6 minute office stretch video that will help you improve your and maintain a correct posture after a long day at the desk.
Lastly, don't be so hard on yourself if you are not as productive as you used to be. We are witnessing something that is unprecedented for most of us. These tips are meant to help you, so don’t set them as the benchmark or let them (or any other tips) put pressure on you.
Improve on your own pace, and stay safe <3.