With countries around the world going into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been forced to stay home and practise social distancing. In the first week it felt like a dream come true for most of us, but honestly speaking, the only ones who have benefited from this are school kids whose exams have been cancelled. As for the rest of us, we still have to work from home, sigh!
Working from home in your PJs is definitely comfortable, but sitting on your bed and staring at your laptop screen isn’t going to get stuff done and this can majorly affect your productivity. So, how can one stay productive while working from home, you ask? Here’s how…
- Get ready for the day
- Stick to your routine
- Make a temporary workspace
- Set your schedule
- Know when to stop
Get ready for the day
You may choose to sit and work in your pyjamas, but if you think dressing up will make you more productive, do it! Prepare your to-do list for the day, keep a bottle of water on your desk, make your morning cup of coffee and do everything that you usually do get into the right mindset.
Stick to your routine
Your work desk automatically turns into a dining table while working from home; eating a cup of noodles while sitting in front of the laptop seems convenient but don’t do it. Even at home, you need to take regular breaks to eat, stretch, walk and talk to people. Eat food in a different area, if you live alone, put on your favourite TV show or watch a video on YouTube to give yourself a break from work.
Make a temporary workspace
It is necessary to set an intention and dedicate a space strictly to work. While some may have a work desk, others don’t. It is necessary to create a temporary workspace - this could be your kitchen table, computer desk, etc. something that is cosy yet keeps you focused. Keep a houseplant, candle or pictures of your friends and family to create a calming environment.
Set your schedule
It is normal to get distracted while working from home and then sit with your laptop till 10 in the night finishing tasks. Instead, set a schedule at the start of the day and stick to it as much as possible. Dedicate time to work and non-work activities such as buying groceries, exercising, eating and meditating.
Know when to stop
In order to keep your productivity up, it is necessary to know when to stop. Following a healthy work from home is creating boundaries. Once your work hours are over – log-off, not just from your email but your laptop and work-related phone calls too. Stretching yourself every day will only demotivate you to work the next day.