Because of the sudden spread of the COVID-19, people’s lives have turned upside down in an instant. Social distancing and quarantine are one of the many safety measures the government has taken to ensure the halt of disease spread. However, maintaining productivity at home during these trying times can be a difficult task. This article helps you stay productive despite the mind-blowing events caused by the pandemic.
1. Before Anything Else, Prioritize Mental And Emotional Health
Whether you started working from home or are currently on a break from school, you’ll eventually need to start working on requirements and tasks. With the ongoing crisis, some may have a hard time focusing on and prioritizing the things they should do. Understand that it’s reasonable to panic, feel bad, and worry nowadays, that’s why you shouldn’t add to the burden by forcing yourself to accomplish tasks. It may be a hard thing to do, but here are some ways you can start prioritizing your mental and emotional health:
- Allow yourself to relax and process the situation at your own pace.
- Vent out your thoughts to a friend or family member.
- Try reading self-help books.
- Meditate for 5 to 10 minutes in the morning and before you sleep.
- Write your worries in a journal.
2. Set Up A Working Space At Home
While there’s no assurance when the government will be lifting the quarantine order, it’s best to start finding an area in the house that you’re most comfortable when working/studying. Your workplace affects your mood and motivation, as well as your productivity. Refrain from staying in places near distractions like the space near a television or a location near your bed. You can stay by the window or in a corner with no distractions whatsoever.
3. Manage Your Time Wisely
Being at home can be difficult for most workers and students because they face different distractions: their gadgets, the television, family members, or pets. The key to getting the job done is to set a schedule for resting and working. For example, you know that you work best in the morning. Set the alarm in this way from 7 am until 12 noon:
- 20 to 30 minutes for working.
- A 15-minute break in between.
- You may also insert 20 to 30 minutes of exercise in between to stimulate the mind.
This strategy helps you focus more and get the job done immediately while also avoiding unnecessary distractions and the chance to procrastinate.
4. Do A Social Media And News Detox
One of the many reasons you stop becoming productive is that you regularly update yourself with news and information about the ongoing pandemic. These posts tend to cause panic and fear. If you continuously check social media, you’ll end up being more paranoid than you were before and not finish your tasks on time. The key is to regulate the usage of different applications as well as limit the times you watch the news or listen to the radio for updates. Make sure to do the following while going on a detox:
- avoid watching the news.
- Refrain from listening to the radio.
- Stop browsing on social media.
- Avoid talking to friends and family who always update you on what’s happening.
5. Learn A New Hobby
If you’ve wanted to try crocheting or knitting, or any new activity, now is the perfect time to do it. With the extra time you have, there’s no pressure in mastering the hobby you wish to begin. The purpose of trying a new hobby is to take your mind off of the current situation. Continuously seeing updates can be detrimental to your mental and emotional well-being, so it’s best to find something that you’ve wanted to try for a long time and start doing it. Here are some suggestions for hobbies you can try:
- Start playing an instrument (piano, guitar, ukulele, etc.).
- Bake different pastries or cook your favorite meal.
- Invest your time in journaling and drawing.
- Try your luck at planting.
6. Create An Everyday Routine
You may be missing your everyday routine; that’s why you suddenly lack productivity while at home. Backtrack and check your schedule before the lockdown happened, and try to incorporate that into your current setting. Do you wake up at precisely 6:30 am and have coffee at 7 am before taking a shower at 8? List down the things you usually do alongside the time. Getting into a routine might be the key to sparking your productivity and working mood.
7. Don’t Forget To Keep Your Relationships In Touch
Be careful not to overdo it and forget to communicate and bond with your family and friends, whether in person or through messaging. While the pressure of work seems more important to prioritize nowadays, human interaction and conversations are still 100% important to your well being overall. You may request not to discuss the current pandemic so that everything remains light and bearable.
Despite the pandemic, there are many ways that you can try to be able to induce productivity while at home. It doesn’t matter if you fail on other days because what’s important is that you try again. Keep in mind that the important thing is to always ensure your mental, emotional, and social well-being during these trying times.
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Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended or recommended for patients or other lay persons or as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Patients must always consult a qualified health care professional regarding their diagnosis and treatment. Mental health conditions are complex, people differ widely in their conditions and responses, and interactions with other conditions and treatments are best evaluated by a physical examination and consultation with a qualified clinician.
It is intended to offer physicians guidance regarding best practices in caring for and treating patients infected by COVID-19. Adherence to any recommendations included in this article will not ensure successful treatment in every situation.