The whole world has been in lock-down for a while now. This pandemic has disrupted the lives of millions of people around the world. Prior to the Corona pandemic, we all wished that we could simply work from home — you could sleep in late, work wearing your pajamas, not worry about putting on makeup or getting dressed up for work. Now that we have no other choice than to try to earn a living from home i.e. work from home, it is getting harder for us to remain productive — as we slowly come to realize that we in fact did enjoy getting up and going to work each morning. The simple task of commuting to work, gave us a sense of purpose and a daily routine to follow. While for some people having to work from home might be nothing more than a hindrance, others find work from home difficult to remain healthy and productive, during these troubled times. As I fall in the latter category, I decided to find out ways in which I could maintain my productivity, whilst keeping myself organized, active and healthy. Listed below are the 10 most helpful ways I have come across, which has helped me stay healthy and productive while I work from home.
1. Set up a simple morning routine.
2. Get some form of physical exercise.
3. Eat a proper breakfast.
4. Have a dedicated workspace.
5. Have a planner or make a schedule of tasks that need to be done.
6. Take short breaks every 40–60 mins.
7. Take time to eat your lunch
8. Keep healthy snacks handy.
9. Once off the clock, go outside if possible.
10. Find ways to energize your mind
10 tips to remain productive
1. Set up a simple morning routine:
We are a creature of habit. We like order and stability. Keeping this in mind, develop a morning routine which appeals to your lifestyle and the work that you do. Since I have to clock in at 9 am – so I usually set my alarm for 5 or 6 am (depending on how late I went to bed the night before). Once the alarm goes off, I tend not to hit the ‘snooze’ button and roll right back to sleep. Instead, I jump out of bed. Yes, you read that correctly, I ‘Jump’ out of bed, as that simple act of jumping off the bed floods my body with adrenaline — waking me up in an instance. After which I freshen up, catch up on the news, drink my protein shake with a couple of bananas and get ready to get my hour of workout in before I have to clock in. Having this simple routine in place, helps me know my next move and helps me stay focused on the task at hand.
2. Get some form of physical exercise in
Being cooped up inside the house, most of us are unable to get the adequate amount of physical activity to remain healthy. The easiest way to resolve this problem is to undertake some sort of physical activity. I get my physical activity done by embarking on a 30–60 mins long workout routine at least 3–5 times per week. For anyone willing to embark on a fitness journey, there are countless options from which to choose from — which in itself is a daunting task. If you are interested, there are plenty of great sites which provide great workout routines. Sites like HasFIT offer great workout routines suitable for beginners to advanced levels for free — with additional plans which can be bought if you are interested. However, if you are looking for something intense then your best bet will be Insanity or P90X, Unfortunately you will have to buy the program to enjoy it. No matter which routine you choose, as long as you partake in any sort of physical activity everyday, you will be in good hands. The timing of when you choose to workout is totally dependent on you and your convenience
3. Eat a proper breakfast
As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After partaking in some intense physical activity, it is imperative that you fuel your body in the right way — helping your body recover and grow stronger. If you are looking for some great breakfast ideas look no further, I have you covered on that front as well. Sites like Good-housekeeping, Pure wow, Pumpkin-spice and BBC Good Food offer some very easy and healthy recipes you can whip up in minutes, and enjoy a well rounded breakfast to start your day on the right foot.
4. Have a dedicated workspace
If you are fortunate enough to have a spare room you can turn into an office, great. If not, you can create a space in your home that can serve as an office for now. This might be your kitchen table, a corner of your bedroom — anywhere which suits your needs. Thankfully I have a small study room which I converted into my home office. Need some help setting up a dedicated workspace? Check out this blog by Spare-foot — to find out how to set up a workspace for yourself in just 6 easy steps. The main purpose of having a dedicated workspace is to have a space for you to work from and maintain your professionalism. Which let’s face it, is hard to achieve if you were to work from your bed.
5. Have a planner or make a schedule of tasks that need to be done
Creating a schedule will help you prepare yourself for the work that has to be done. It not only makes you aware of the things that you have to do, it also helps you keep track of various projects. If you are anything like me, you need a tool to help you organize your tasks. I have multiple projects going on at the same time for various clients. Which makes it imperative for me to keep track of each project and the task assigned to everyone involved in the project, My go to tool for this is Trello, an online free project managing tool which helps me create and assign tasks according to the nature of the project. If you are looking for something different, you can also use Calendly. As a paid application, it offers more functionality with seamless integration to your Google Calendar.
6. Take short breaks every 40–60 mins
We all know that — it is highly advisable to take short breaks in between any tasks which require more than an hours worth of attention. Heeding the advice of experts, it is always a good idea to take breaks. In order to accomplish this, you can simply walk around your room, go out for a while, or simply stretch your body. If you are looking for ways in which to stretch, here are 6 Full-body stretching routines — which you can integrate into your break. I generally do some stretches and simply walk around the room during my break.
7. Take time to eat your lunch
You should never eat your lunch in front of your computer, instead you should always step away from your place of work and consume your lunch away from the place you work. Furthermore, it is imperative that you allocate enough time to eat a proper meal while slowly chewing your food. If by now, you do not know the benefits of chewing your food, read this article which highlights the 7 benefits of chewing your food slowly. This also helps you to focus on what you are eating, preventing you from overeating. It surely helps me keep track of my eating habits.
8. Keep healthy snacks handy
It is easy to fall into the habit of mindless snacking, when you are stressed or are feeling particularly under pressure. In order to prevent this from happening, you should always keep healthy snacks like nuts, fruits close by. If you do not know what snacks constitute as healthy, head on over to Snack-Nation, where you will be able to find hundreds of different ideas for healthy snacks. I have been using tips from the site for a while now for healthy snacking ideas. Give them a try, you will be glad you did.
9. Once off the clock, go outside if possible
It is always a relief to clock out of work. Once you are done with work, cultivate a habit of getting outside the house for a short walk or a stroll. For me it entails — going to the roof-top of my house and walking around for ten to fifteen minutes. Some fresh air and the physical activity of walking, melts away the days stress and anxiety — leaving me refreshed. For anyone who cannot leave their house, simply going to the window and taking deep breaths will also work wonders.
10. Find ways to energize your mind
Many people have different ways to energize their mind. Some prefer to read books, play games , watch movies or series — among many others. My way of energizing my mind is doing some brain training exercises using Lumosity. Doing a quick 10 min language session using Duolingo. And last but not least there is always Netflix, YouTube and 9gag, to keep even the toughest person entertained, until it’s time to call it a night.
These simple tricks have helped me remain active, productive and also remain healthy. Everyone is different so feel free to modify the tips as you see fit. Make the tips work for you. The little things that you do today will make a huge difference in the future. Stay safe and stay productive.