Covid-19 has impacted our lives in almost every way possible, including our working environment. For those of you who have had to adjust to moving from a vibrant and engaging office to working alone at home, you may have found that your productivity has decreased. Being in the same environment every day without much engagement with your co-workers can make being motivated difficult at times. There are some pretty simple ways that you can boost productivity when working at home, so have a read and try a few different methods to see what suits you!
Create a Specific Working Area
If you’re making do with working on your kitchen table or on the sofa, you are likely to find it difficult to separate your work and home life. Be creative and try to confine your working space to a specific area. For example, invest in a small desk and comfy chair to have in somewhere away from where people will regularly be. Make the space clear and organised as it would be in the office and try working with headphones to block out any unwanted noise. This slight bit of separation should help you to be more productive when you are working, as well as more relaxed once you have finished.
When your living and working space is combined, there may be plenty of unwelcome distractions that are affecting your productivity. This may be a messy kitchen, loud building work or hungry children wanting a snack. Not only can this affect your ability to be productive, but it can also impact your patience. So, it is important, when you can, to get out of the house and burn off some steam. Waking up half an hour earlier and going for a walk can really help to clear your head before starting work for the day. If you find that you begin to flag after lunch, use half of your lunch hour to go out for a walk with your headphones to unwind before heading back to work, clearing your headspace to help you have a productive afternoon. If you aren’t an early riser, try going out in the evening and you might even catch the sunset if you’re lucky. There are plenty of options, but if you are experiencing a bit of cabin fever and that is affecting your work, going out and getting some fresh air will do wonders.
When working from home, you may not have much motivation to cook if you have been stuck in the house all day. Sometimes life just gets in the way and it can be difficult to make sure you are taking in all the vitamins and minerals you need, and without them, your ability to focus and work productively can be reduced. There are many supplement options out there to ensure you are being as productive as possible, such as magnesium supplements which are designed to support the function of your muscles, help the immune system and look after your teeth and bones. Most importantly for productivity, magnesium supports your energy production to keep you feeling focused and alert. If you can get all the vital vitamins and minerals through diet alone that’s great, but for those of you who are unable to do that, supplements are a fantastic option.
For people who are used to working in busy offices, transitioning to working at home can be very difficult. Make an effort to stay connected using video calls, perhaps scheduling one a week with each person you work closely with to catch up on anything relevant and work related. Why not suggest starting a 30 minute work quiz on a Friday lunchtime or one night after work to unwind with your team. Sending emails doesn’t really cut it when it comes to staying in touch with people, so having that proper interaction with people from your workspace can help to keep you focused and can contribute to productivity.