Being a quarantine has its upside, and it’s down. When you have to work from home, you may find that it is difficult to concentrate. In normal circumstances, working from home is a luxury. However, when you are demanded to work for home without an end in sight, you may find your productivity levels dwindling.
How do you remain productive in quarantine?
There are ways that you can make this temporary life a bit easier for you. Whether you need to speed up your Chromebook or you fix your backlit keyboard, there are things you can do to increase productivity.
Have a look.
1. Get rid of distractions
Distractions are the first thing to keep you from being productive. Primary workplace distractions are social media accounts like Tik Tok or Instagram. If you delete these things from your phone, you can always reinstall them later when your workday is up, but not having them as easy a press of an app, will keep you from being easily distracted. Be honest with yourself about it, you say you won’t touch it, but is that true?
2. Have the right equipment
Make sure you have everything you need to be productive. Have the right laptop, the right internet speed, and the right desk setup to be productive. The best way to get work done is when you have the right equipment to help you get the work done. If you are going to be doing a lot of video conferences, you may want to make sure you have an excellent webcam. Furthermore, if you need a good cloud hosting service provider, there are many that are well accredited by their users that you can look into to ensure the security of your work. Though this isn’t equipment related persay, it is an important part of doing online work.
3. Workspace cleanliness
If you are like a lot of people, then trying to work in a messy environment is challenging. Sometimes that means just cleaning your workspace or the entire house. Having a clean workspace means you will have a clearer mind. Clean workspaces and homes help you to focus and feel relaxed while you work on other projects.
If you are working in your bedroom, clean your room. If you use your laptop and go from space to space, you might want to clean the whole house. Sometimes just the mere act of cleaning helps you to be more productive with work because you can work through problems in your head as you methodically fold clothes.
4. Organize furniture
Being apart from your home every day becomes very comfortable. It can be difficult to work when you are in your relaxing space. To help with that, you can try rearranging furniture. By reorganizing furniture, you will trick your mind into thinking of it as a “new” space. The mere idea of a new space helps increase productivity levels significantly.
Add some Zen stuff to your space to help you achieve relaxation and a clear mind. Oil diffusers, aesthetic lights, and even candles are a great way to gain that effect.
Being home means a disruption to your routine. However, you can recreate that. Maintain the same routine you did when you were working outside the home. During quarantine, it is very easy for you to forget your routine. If you wake up, shower, dress up and even pack your lunch like you would when going to the office, you will be able to maintain some semi-balance of the ordinary while quarantined to your home.
6. Add things to your schedule
Being home means it doesn’t have to be all work and no play. You can schedule things in between conference calls like going for a bike ride, reading the next chapter in the book you love, or taking a walk. Schedule it in as a work break or your lunch break. Don’t miss out on these luxuries you can’t take advantage of at the office.
Just don’t turn on the television. When you turn on the television, you can quickly become distracted, and soon, the whole day will be gone.
7. Dress up
When you go to work, you probably don’t go dressed in a baggy t-shirt and yoga pants. Your hair probably isn’t in a messy bun on top of your head, either. Therefore, get dressed up. Wear a pencil skirt or the dress pants you would wear to the office. Put on that tie and gel your hair.
Do your makeup. Dress up as though you were going out, even when you aren’t going anywhere. This one simple act can be the very reason that you are productive today. Furthermore, it makes you feel good.
Quarantine isn’t the ideal situation for most people. Therefore, you just have to learn how to make the most of it, and to do that, and you need to figure out how to be productive. Taking advantage of these tips will help you to set up and productively use your workspace.
Don’t let working from home slow down your work. Follow a schedule, plan for fun, and you will quickly see how you can make working from homework for you.