Hi friends, a lot has happened since we last talked. I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe during this lockdown. COVID-19 surprised us and stopped the life that we once knew. This pandemic has canceled many events, businesses, and institutions. I thank our brave heroes that work in health care and essential businesses for they still have to go to work every day. I know it sucks that we can not momentarily socialize in person with our friends, coworkers, and classmates. We had a routine and used to study or work in a certain location. During difficult times such as this, it is normal to be fearful and sad but instead, I challenge you to be optimistic and grateful. I believe this too shall pass because we are not the first generation to go through a pandemic. We too will overcome this virus and until then, let us continue to do our part. For those who still have to work or study from home during quarantine, here are 11 tips for productivity during quarantine because the struggle is real.
1. MAKE YOUR ENVIRONNEMENT WORK FRIENDLY.
Studying on your bed is a temptation to take a nap. Most of our brains have associated our beds to sleeping therefore working on your bed will most likely be unsuccessful if you have not trained your brain to do so. You want the area to be comfortable but not too comfortable nor too hot or else you will fall asleep. Turn another part of your room or house into a work-friendly area.
2. CHANGE OUT OF YOUR PAJAMAS.
Like I said before, you can not be too comfortable. Staying in your pajamas does not help get into work mode because the majority of us do not wear pajamas to work or school. Get ready for the day as you normally would before quarantine occurred, take a shower and get dressed.
3. STAY ORGANIZED.
At home you are your own boss, there is no one to remind you of deadlines or monitor your workflow. I personally am a planner type of girl, I have to write everything in a planner or else I am lost. If you are not a planner type of person then at least write due dates in your phone’s calendar app. It’s great because you can set alerts and your mobile calendar is accessible to you at all times.
4. MAINTAIN YOUR REGULAR SCHEDULE.
Binging on Netflix all day and night sounds like fun but it is not a good idea if you still have to work or have school. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep so you are able to wake up early and take advantage of that day time energy. I personally find working at night requires more energy and motivation. Try to maintain your regular work or school hours.
5. GET RID OF DISTRACTIONS.
The enemies of progress are distractions and procrastinations. Put your phone on do not disturb or leave it somewhere far if it is a distraction.
6. MAKE DAILY GOALS.
When you do not have a schedule or daily goals then it leaves room to waste time doing things that will not help you advance. Having clear objectives encourages productivity and progress. It also helps maintain your focus because you are working towards a goal. There is satisfaction in checking off tasks on your to-do list. Plus it is a great way to get your priorities in check and monitor your progress.
7. REMEMBER TO PAUSE.
If you are stuck on a problem or are not advancing in your work then it is time to take a break. After a long period of working it is normal for your energy to drop so it is important to take breaks, at least for 15 minutes. Breaks help destress and recharge. On your break, you can eat, go for a walk or use your phone. I recommend you set a timer or keep watch of the time so you do not spend more time on your break than working.
8. SET THE TONE WITH MUSIC.
Music can be a distraction for some people but if you enjoy listening to music while working or studying then make a playlist that motivates you to get to work but does not keep you from working. Listen to calm or instrumental music that can help you remain focused on your task. Music has a way of setting the tone so use it to your advantage and use it to also help you stay positive.
9. FEED YOUR BRAIN.
It is difficult to remain productive while hungry or thirsty so keep snacks and a choice of beverage close by. I know some of us sometimes forget to eat when we are into our work because we do not want to interrupt the workflow. However, it is important to stay hydrated and nourished.
10. STAY CONNECTED WITH OTHERS.
We are social distancing but do not have to go through this alone therefore still communicate with your classmates or coworkers about the work. Do not be scared to email your professor or boss if you have any questions.
11. MASTER YOUR STUDYING METHOD.
What type of learner are you? Are you a visual, auditory, read/ write or kinesthetic learner or are you a mix of styles. You should know what type of learner you are by now, if not use this time to figure that out by self-reflection and evaluation. There are many tests online that you can take to help know your learning style. If your past studying methods have not been successful, use this time to also try new methods to see improvement.