How to be productive working from home
Have written before about morning rituals to having a productive day. But with the current situation it’s important to look at some ideas on how to be productive working from home. Working from home sounds convenient and easy. But for some people the abrupt break in a normal working routine can reduce the level of productivity. So here are some of the ways I will be trying to cope with change.
Keep your usual routine
Even though it is not possible to keep all your routines, such as commuting to work, it would be helpful to stick to the ones you can. For example wake the same time you would on a working day. Go to bed the same time you would on a working day. This way your sleep pattern is not interrupted. And you will be waking up in the morning with the same level of energy you usually have, maybe even more.
Make new health habits
“Change is the only constant thing in life”. Have read this quote so many times. And it couldn’t feel more real right now. The biggest challenge with change is how fast we can adapt to it and how we choose to perceive it. So use this chance to make some new health changes. For example try doing some cardio exercise from home.
There is so much material available on home workout that you can find online. My favorite source is Self Youtube Channel. They have various workout routines that you can do from the comfort of your home. No equipment required. If you are new to workout start at 10 minutes a day and increase step by step from there.
When I am my best self I am comfortable. And I am more productive when I feel good, confident and comfortable, and clothing is a big part of that. A research study on Cognitive Consequences of Formal Clothing found that when you dress beautifully you are more likely to have an increased level of productivity.
Even though you have the option to be in your pyjamas all day long, give dressing up a try and see if you are more productive. This is another way to keep your normal routine. But if you find out that you get more done in pyjamas then stick to that.
Take regular breaks
Short mental breaks will help your brain to refresh and make it easy for you to stay focused on your task. Several studies ( e.g Fatigue decision) have been able to prove the benefits of taking regular breaks. Breaks will make you look at problems from a different perspective. It is essential for a high level of performance. So move away from your desk every now and then.
Meditation is good for your mental health. And being stuck at home all day without not knowing when it will end does require you to nurture your mental wellbeing. If this is something new to you read a little about it.
Mediation can take as little as 10 minutes. Controlled breathing is my favourite. I have to say it’s challenging at first but, as with everything, practice makes it better. meditation each morning before work or after work. You will benefit abundantly from mediation. So give it a go.