6 ways to stay productive amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak Lockdown
BY: NEISHA SANTIAGO
As the Covid-19 spreads, you might soon be asked to work from home, or maybe you’re already doing it. If it’s your first time working remotely, or not, don’t worry, I’m going to give you some tips about how you can be more productive working from home in this scenario. We all know that our expectations of productivity working from home are the same as the office, but we also know that the environment isn’t’.
Get Started Early
Pretend you are going to your office, set the same alarm as always. One way that helps you work from home productively is to establish a to-do list as soon as you wake up. Started the first task in the morning can be the key to getting progress on it gradually during the day.
Create a Home Office Ambiance
I think that one of the advantages of working from home is being able to create a personalized unique work area. It’s all about creating a cozy environment that matches with your personality. You can create an inspiring environment adding some elements that promote a calming atmosphere, such as houseplants, better lighting, candles, fragrances etc.
Put Yourself in a Good Position
This is one of the most important things you need to consider when you’re going to work remotely. Some people find it comfortable to work in bed or on the sofa. To find the perfect space to work, you want to make sure to keep your posture in check. Having a good chair can avoid back and neck pain.
Use Collaboration Software such as Yammer, Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive & Outlook
Messaging and videoconferencing tools can make it simple to check in with coworkers and remind you how your work is contributing. Stay connected with your team to be more productive in your work hours.
Set Regular Lunch Hours, Take Breaks and Stretch your Body
When you’re in your own home, it can be tempting to spend time preparing an exquisite breakfast and lunch for yourself, chopping, and cooking included. Don’t waste precious hours making your food the day of work, cook it the night before. Also, exercise, stretch your body, walk 5 or 10 minutes every hour around your house, or if you live in a condo, you can climb the stairs and distract your mind.
Have Human Interaction
Be determined with your work hours, but let’s be honest, if you’re working from home, you maybe start feeling anxious, or even depressed. Take a 5-10 minutes break, talk to someone any friends, siblings, parents. You need those interactions too. But remember, you’re still working avoid procrastinating.
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