In a matter of months, our lives have taken a turn for the worst – the ways we work, personal finances, fitness goals, our families and friends, and social lives have all changed, but it’s how we adapt and move on that will play an integral part in shaping our future. Being forced into isolation has been tough, and in order to try to help you through it, we’ve put together some top tips to increase productivity in hope to keep you sane during lockdown.
Working from Home
Are you struggling to work from home? As most of our regular working lives have been flipped on their head, we’ve adapted to a new way of working from home, cut off from our smartly dressed colleagues and the liveliness of the office setting. For some, working remotely has been a luxury, a chance to carry out their everyday tasks from the comfort of their home, but for many, it has challenged productivity levels and jeopardised their work-life balance.
When working from home, there are a few things to consider in order to boost productivity and maintain a regular work pattern. Try setting a schedule with specific working hours and stick to it, this is crucial when it comes to allocating time for work, and time for yourself. A stable routine with organised breaks is sure to keep you on the right track; it’s also suggested that you drink plenty of water to keep the body circulated.
Some other tips for working remotely would be to replicate your morning routine if you would be attending the office, make the effort to set your alarm, shower, grab yourself a coffee and get ready for the day. It’s also useful to set up a working space, complete with a desk and chair to form a place for working that’s cut off from the rest of your home.
Learning and Investing in Yourself
This could be the perfect time to make some positive changes. When you physically can’t spend any money due to being housebound, and when you’ve been forced to separate yourself from the noise of the outside world, it might be a chance to recoup, learn new things and invest some time in yourself. Utilise your skills and brush up on what you already know by taking an additional course, or researching new ideas and technologies in your field. Many of us are in a fortunate position to learn something new, and so stay sane by investing in you.
You could also reassess your finances and use this time to clear any debts and organise your saving pots or investment portfolios. Investing in the future is a smart thing to consider, given the current situation and the uncertainty that lies ahead. There are a plethora of audiobooks and apps available to help you with investing in the stock market, and specialists like RWinvest have a whole host of informational guides for investing in property if you’re looking for a long term investment.
Keeping Fit and Healthy
Remember – it’s been an extremely difficult time for many people in many different ways, but it’s important to focus on your wellbeing, so try and stay on top of your mental and physical health during isolation.
Practising mindfulness exercises can be a productive way to take a moment to breathe. Performing meditation or taking part in an online yoga class can help to clear your mind and boost productivity levels. It’s also important to try and maintain a regular bedtime, which should avoid the temptation to turn off the alarm clock and stay in bed.
In addition to taking care of your mental health, you also want to stay active and pay attention to your physical wellbeing. As fitness centres are closed, it has been a big adjustment to set up both our working lives and gym regime at home. Make a conscious effort to keep your body moving, whether it is going for a ten-minute stroll around the block, or logging on to the latest HIIT class.