We are living in an unprecedented time where many are working from home as a way of practicing social distancing to curb the spread of Covid-19. Working-From-Home (WFH) has caught many professionals off guard and without enough time and resources to set up proper workstations in their houses. Besides setting aside a designated work area the right mindset is equally important for one to accomplish tangible goals.
This article will offer some guidelines that can help us to be productive in our current circumstances, be it to fulfill our work targets or our own personal development goals.
Establish a morning routine
The good habit of “early to bed and early to rise” is still relevant today even when we do not leave our homes. Set your alarm to wake up at a specific time and avoid snoozing the alarm when it goes off. Keep up your morning prayer or meditation, inspirational reading and do your work-out. Starting the day energized will guarantee you the fuel you need to be an achiever.
Basically, get off your pajamas. Help your mind to transition to productivity mode by wearing some fit-for-purpose clothing. You need not wear a suit but be elegant enough to participate in video conferences, for example. Clean and smart clothing give your mind the important cue that the workday has begun.
If you are lucky enough to have a job these days play your part in delivering on your targets. How are those business continuity plans fairing? Good old advice tells us to “eat the frog first”; do the most important and most difficult task first. Then do at least three moderately difficult tasks and five easy tasks. At the end of the day you will have results to be proud of.
Be disciplined in keeping to the timetable you set for yourself. Avoid distractions such as visiting the fridge, folding laundry and attending to every notification on your smart phone. In addition, after your work hours put away your work tools so that you may give full attention to your family and your personal needs.
Detox from bad news
Never have we been bombarded with so much information that it is difficult to keep up with all that is happening in the world. We are also receiving a fair share of bad news that could lead to panic and feeling helpless. Some good advice suggests limiting your news update to once a day. Avoid anything that saps your energy and learn to focus on what is within your control.
Define your Community
You have probably seen the commercial by Safaricom “Apart but not Alone”. More than ever we do need moral support from family, friends and colleagues. Keep checking on your social network through the various digital means. Your friends and colleagues can also act as accountability partners to help you to stay focused on what you set out to achieve in this period. The down time is also a good time for us to give back to society through service. How many free webinars can we offer to share our professional knowledge or other skills?
Set clear goals
A journey without a destination is futile. These are rocky times filled with a lot of uncertainty. The only way we can stay afloat is by setting goals on what we want to achieve at a personal level by the end of this period. This is a good time to sharpen your professional skills through lots of free online classes available. The best thing you can do for yourself is to sharpen the tools of your trade.
Julia Methu is the Strategic Planning & University Relations Manager at Pioneer International University