**THIS IS A GUEST POST. The opinions expressed are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect my own.
Billions of people have been forced to change their lives due to the pandemic. The vast majority of people currently study or work from home. However, daily adjustments need to be made in order to do so. For example, you may have to deal with many distractions and temptations; therefore, methods and tactics may need to be changed or downright overhauled in order to remain effective. If you are working from home for the first time, then the tips below may help you stay productive.
Developing a Morning Routine
Begin by creating a morning ritual, which may help you have a more productive work day. Developing a morning routine may improve your mental state, as well as influence your work life in a positive manner.
A work-based to-do list should also be kept at hand. It will keep you organized and can serve as a checklist that will ensure that you do not forget to finish any tasks. Strictly adhering to a game plan will help keep you laser-focused to achieve greater financial and personal success in the future.
Create a Home Office Environment
One of the main benefits of working from home is that you can work in a manner that simply isn’t possible in a corporate environment. For instance, you can create a space that is both productive and comfortable. The space should also cater to your unique work style and ethic.
Try and create a tranquil and encouraging workspace by adding elegant crystals, calming (or stimulating) work lights, or even fresh flowers. A hallway table, dining table, or a kitchen counter can serve as a makeshift workspace, or a focal point for your daily tasks.
Listen to Music
You can create a playlist to reduce stress and motivate you to work harder while you are home during the lockdown. However, you should avoid music that makes you tense or that distracts you from the task at hand.
Try and take advantage of this unique and possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Use speakers or headphones to listen to your favorite tunes without having to worry about bothering your co-workers. You can also listen to podcasts if you prefer. The goal is to create a pleasant environment to help you stay productive while passing the hours quicker.
Declutter Your Physical Space and Mind
Distractions are the enemy of the diligent worker. It doesn’t really matter if you are working in your living room or a home office. Any junk that is around will remind you of your household chores. Your eyes naturally shift towards them, and they may distract you from finishing your work.
Those who work remotely will need to maintain a workspace that is 100% clutter-free. Any items that you do not need should be thrown into a self-storage unit. By doing so, you will be able to focus on the task at hand, and finish all work-related duties without missing your deadlines.
Help boost productivity by taking breaks. After all, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Many people suffer from chronic health issues due to a sedentary lifestyle. Eyestrain, fatigue, and headaches can also be avoided if you take several breaks in order to stretch, clear your mind, and get some fresh air.
Zoom meetings can be quite taxing on the mind, so do not hesitate to take a break if you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or confused. Take a Kit Kat break (or two); you’ve earned it.
Times are tough. People are scared and worried about what the future holds. The last thing you want is to add to your problems by working too much. At the end of the day, say a phrase that will remind you to stop working. Any last minute ideas should be jotted down and tackled the next morning.
Some people may be tempted to work around the clock, as they will be home all day, but do not give in to your temptations. Take breaks in order to create a work-life balance. That balance needs to be maintained, regardless of what we do or where we work.
Many people who work from home may feel alone or isolated due to the pandemic. Try and stay connected to your friends and family in order to reduce stress and anxiety. Call or text them, and make video calls in order to socialize with loved ones while still practicing social distancing.
If you have children and/or a significant other, then try and spend more time with them while everyone is at home during quarantine. We will get through this together.
About the author;
Devon Graham is a blogger in Toronto. He graduated with honors’ from the University of British Columbia with a dual degree in Business Administration and Creative Writing. Devon Graham is a community manager for small businesses across Canada. He also likes to research various topics related to pets, food, storage solutions and business solutions.