With millions of people under social isolation and shelter-in-place orders, productive teleworkers are necessary to keep the economy going. But, the quick transition may not be easy for you. You may feel restless, unfocused and frustrated. Here are some tips to help you remain productive while juggling the new demands.
1- Create a Morning Routine
We are creatures of habit. Whether it’s your morning cup of coffee, taking the dog for a walk or working out, a routine will help you get mentally and physically ready for the workday.
2- Avoid Cabin Fever
Now that you are spending a disproportionate amount of time inside your house, it’s a good idea to get outdoors after work hours. Try gardening or walking around the block.
3- Have Dedicated Workspace
If you don’t have an office, a spare room is ideal. If not, set up the kitchen island or dining room table to function like your office with all the equipment you need.
4- Plan for Interruptions
If you’re not prepared, unexpected distractions can lead you to procrastination. One approach that works is to have an “if-then” action plan for how you will respond should an interruption happen.
5- Adjust the Thermostat
Mildly cold and mildly warm environments are best. Also vary the light and airflow throughout the day. Holding constant settings is not the best for concentration.
6- Make a Communication Plan
If you are working as part of a team it is important to think about when and how you will contact each other. Information can be shared through email, but more complex shared tasks may require video conferencing.
7- Cut Yourself Some Slack
You can not expect 100% of your usual efficiency during the pandemic. Being upset about time lost will only waste more time and make you even less productive.
8- Remember Self-Care
During times of crisis this becomes even more important. Eat healthy, get enough sleep and exercise, but also take care of your mental and emotional health.
If you’ve been tossed into a totally new situation in regard to what your workday looks like, take note of these tips. Be creative and don’t let your circumstances affect your productivity, or happiness.
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