Small changes in business management lead to big changes in team productivity. How do you achieve that productivity solo while working from home, though? What is negatively impacting our workflow while working from home? Here are some realistic ways to manage the quarantine blues that so many of us are experiencing.
Let’s Talk Mental Health.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that stay-at-home orders and isolation can be mentally draining. If you live alone, you’re likely to feel, well, lonely. If you live with others, you might feel like you don’t have any space for yourself. It’s okay to feel frustrated. Let us be the first to tell you that you are not alone. Pushing these feelings away won’t help your productivity. Instead, you may find your brain clouded and scattered when trying to complete your daily tasks. Acknowledging these feelings allows you to work through and manage them.
Wake Up on the Right Side of the Bed.
Waking up without any idea of what the coming day looks like is a productivity death sentence. But boy, can it be difficult when you’re not sure which day of the week it even is! Here are a few ways to get you looking forward to the day ahead:
These are a few simple ways to help get your days off to the right start. Think of these seemingly small tasks as building blocks to a better day and a better you. Once you have these down, the only way is up!
Avoid The Overwhelm.
You may have prioritized your tasks for the day the night before, but no one can predict the future. Don’t panic when unexpected to-dos get added to the list. Getting overwhelmed is easy when you feel like it’s you against a mountain of work. Taking breaks will refocus you and avoid the ‘alarm-panic-avoid’ trio of productivity doom.
Take five: you can combat the overwhelm with a quick five-minute break to recenter. Returning to the task after stepping away can make a huge difference in the amount of time it takes to complete it.
Implementing workflow systems can also help you track your progress. Workflow management systems track your tasks alongside your teammates’, boosting accountability and productivity. Knowing you’re all working towards shared goals will encourage you to keep up the good work!
You’re in Charge.
It’s easy to feel out of control these days. After all, there’s a lot happening in the world that we haven’t encountered. Just remember, you’re not alone. We may feel isolated, but it’s important to remember that people are experiencing similar situations and sentiments all over the globe. We can’t control the world around us, but we can control how we respond to it. How you seize the day is up to you. Trust that productivity is achievable, take care of your well being and believe in yourself — we certainly do!