It’s no news that the COVID-19 virus has changed the course of history!
Normally, you’d be at work getting things done or at school burning those lights, but you’re not. Everyone has been forced to stay indoors to avoid contacting COVID-19.
Everyday feels like everyday to us now. Monday feels like Sunday. Saturday feels like Wednesday. Thursday feels like Tuesday. The quarantine period has not only left us with so much time on our hands but guilts on our conscience.
You wake up in the morning. Eat. Bathe. Watch TV. Chat. Eat. Watch a movie. Facetime. Eat. Sleep. And the routine continues. You feel very guilty whenever you remember the work you have to do, or things to settle, but you keep watching Netflix because you can’t come and kill yourself.
But remember, the clock keeps ticking.
You can’t be 16 or 61 forever. Time moves, irrespective of the coronavirus pandemic, or the personal issues we all struggle with. We have to find ways to maintain our productive levels, instead of being busy without yielding results.
Okay. As you read this, place your left hand on your head and repeat after me:
“Being busy is not being productive”
Say it three times.
Okay. Drop your hand.
Here are some ways you can stay productive this period and spend good use of your time
1. Bathe. COVID-19 virus doesn’t stop you from doing so:
This is a passionate appeal. Please bathe. It not only aids good hygiene but also affects you psychologically and puts you in the mood.
Normally, you get ready to “work”. You take a shower, dress and smell nice, take breakfast, and zoom off. Subconsciously, your mind has stored that routine as one that leads to work.
So, you have to follow that same routine to trick your mind that you are going to work, whereas you are in your house.
Bathe. Wear nice clothes. Take breakfast. Then, start work as you normally do
2. Set goals as though you’re at work, but fight COVID-19 virus at home
Set goals for yourself as though everything was normal. Create virtual meetings with your team members or colleagues, look up goals set at the beginning of the year, and plan ways to achieve them with this pandemic.
This not only helps you stay ahead, but it will help you keep up with pace once we have all beaten the COVID-19 virus.
3. Create an appropriate home office and personal structure
Jot down a list of the things you must accomplish that day a night before, and schedule appropriate times for it. There is no one-size-fits-all rule. Jot down the personal things you need to handle, and even the movies to watch (yes, you heard me)
Contrary to popular opinion, nobody should guilt trip you into waking up early or make you feel bad that you aren’t. If you’re an early riser and mornings are your most productive time, go ahead. If you’re a night owl, work with your body system and do the most important tasks at that time because that’s when your best ideas will be formed.
Use a reminder-based schedule to avoid forgetting things.
Finally, stop multi-tasking. Diversified focus never produces optimal results.
4. Prepare a meal plan
It’s easy to be lazy and get high on fast foods this period. But those foods affect your productivity level. Draft out a meal plan that consists of fruits and vegetables, unprocessed foods, and a bit of carb and protein here and there. You can also choose a day to cook in mass and store in the refrigerator. That way, you don’t have to stress yourself every day.
5. Eliminate distractions
This is a major obstacle in the way of you and productivity. The sound of ‘ting’ sucks off so much time that would have been spent on other important things. This is why home offices are so important. You can’t think clearly on your bed in your pajamas.
Rid all distractions. Keep your phone away from you, or use app blockers. Put timers on app usage. Find out ways to protect yourself from the COVID-19 virus here
6. Analyse your work input/output results:
Sit back and analyse your results during this period, at least once a week. Have you been working less or more? Is your result in line with your yearly goal? If it isn’t, come up with ways to make it better. You may never have this opportunity again.
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