Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that everyone is experienced, all the aspects of our lives are being put to a halt, including our careers. If you’re working from home during this pandemic, your motivation and effectiveness with your tasks will be put to a test.
This global pandemic has put lockdown as a preventive measure against the virus, so employees have been advised to work from the spaces of their own homes.
Unlike working in an office, it’s much more challenging to work at home.
In this article, we’ll be discussing the ways to improve your productivity when working from home.
- 1. Exercise before work
- 2. Get started early
- 3. Avoid distractions
- 4. Have an office space
- 5. Work-life balance
- 6. Set a routine
1. Exercise Before Work
This may sound unusual, but physical activity has been proven to increase your sense of motivation and productivity in your work tasks.
By starting off your day with a morning workout, you have the right mindset and energy to do all of your tasks for the day.
One of the reasons of the lack of motivation for work is the feeling of routine. By exercising first, you shift your routine.
In addition, exercise encourages the right mindset to keep you driven.
2. Get Started Early
The mistake people commonly make it waking up just minutes before they start work, and this isn’t advisable if you want to keep your productivity in your work tasks.
It’s best to wake up early so you have time to grab coffee, take a shower and check your social media before work officially starts.
Starting early with work also ensures that you’re working with the right mindset.
The more you delay your work, the more you end up losing your motivation altogether.
3. Avoid Distractions
If you want to finish your work tasks as early as you can, avoid distractions as much as possible when work starts.
This means, you should put away your phone, laptop, and all sources that maybe the cause of losing your focus.
If you have your phone beside you at all times, the more you’ll end up checking every notification you get.
Distractions will cause you to delay doing your deadlines for the day and you’ll end up losing your motivation throughout the day.
Granted that lockdown isn’t easy, but focus on finishing your tasks before doing anything else.
4. Have an Office Space
Despite working from home during this global pandemic, it’s essential that you have your own office space to work in.
Even if it isn’t exactly an office space, as long as you have a proper desk set-up, this will be your motivation to get up in the morning and go to work.
By having an office space, you’ll feel a sense of fulfillments in doing the work tasks you need to do.
This also makes you feel organised and feel more professional regarding your career, instead of feeling forced to work at home.
5. Work-Life Balance
Unlike the misconception, there’s a huge tendency to lose the work-life balance when you’re working at home- especially during COVID-19.
As much as possible, don’t exhaust yourself from all the energy you have doing just work. You deserve breaks in between your work, if it gets too overwhelming and exhausting.
To ensure work-life balance, don’t forget your lunch breaks and to unwind when you don’t have any deadlines going on. Your mental and physical health is more important than your work, and be sure not to burn yourself out.
6. Set a Routine
If your work hours are strictly from 8 to 5, follow that routine unless your boss is requesting that you work overtime hours.
Set a routine for your work days, and follow through that routine.
When your work routine becomes more natural, you’ll feel natural in going through the motions of your work tasks along the way.
This way, if it’s lunch hours, make sure that you use this time to eat your meals with your family.
Despite the pandemic, this kind of social interaction can lessen the burden of your workload for the day.
In conclusion, these are 6 tips to help you increase your motivation regarding your work tasks.
Hopefully, this sheds light in your professional life despite being on lockdown during COVID-19.
Working from home isn’t as easy as many people seem to think and in reality, it’s a constant struggle to be productive during this time.