Productivity In Isolation

Keep Calm And Carry On

During this period of uncertainty, many of us are living and working in a state of isolation. 

Whilst this is the best way to proceed at this time, to stop the spread of novel coronavirus, being inside for long periods of time is bound to affect your motivation and productivity levels. 

For us at Peak, this is something that we can relate to and understand as we are currently working from our respective homes. 

Overeating, endlessly scrolling through instagram and excessive napping are just some of the ways you may be procrastinating. 

It is, however, crucial to develop some sort of normalcy as unfortunately, we don’t know how much longer this all will last. 

So we have come up with three ways to help you cope and make the most of your day. 

So grab your favourite mug, fill it with a delicious, warm and comforting beverage and read on…

Change Of Pace

Due to this change of pace and lifestyle, adapting to life at home can be difficult, especially if you are a self-proclaimed busy body. 

Finding new ways of being can help you adjust to these changes taking place and make the most of your time. 

New ways of being may sound like an intimidating phrase, but what this means is, finding new ways of living and trying to focus on the positive things around you. 

These new ways of being don’t necessarily need to be major life changing choices but rather small things you can implement that essentially bring you joy. 

Take this opportunity to read that book you bought but never got round to reading, or continuing on a project you once started but didn’t finish, or just cooking more in the evenings. Enjoying these little things can make it easier to cope and allow you to spend your time productively.

Build A New Routine

Adapting to the change of pace by building a new routine can help you to get the most out of your day. 

Even if you’re at home, waking up early and getting dressed can help to set the precedent for the day ahead. 

When it comes to managing your time and being productive, structure is key to help you move from task to task. Set out things like:

  • Your priorities 
  • What time you will eat 
  • How much time will you spend cleaning?

Another way of doing this is to form a list of (realistic) goals before you start your day. This can be any form, but has to contain achievable goals. 

Checklists, or to do lists are a great way to  organise your time and according to science, the brain loves them, as ticking things off your list can bring a sense of productivity and accomplishment. 

The study Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, produced by Professors Masicampo and Baumeister highlight how making a plan to complete tasks can help to relieve work-related anxiety. 

Keep Moving

Getting your 10,000 daily steps in can be hard if you’re self-isolating or socially distancing.

But to stay motivated you need to keep moving. 

Despite its physical benefits, exercise has numerous positive effects on cognition. A study from the Leeds Metropolitan University suggests that incorporating some form of exercise into your daily routine can have the following impact:

  • Improved concentration 
  • Sharper memory
  • Faster learning
  • Prolonged mental stamina
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Lower stress. 

As Harvard Business review summarises the results of the study:

On days when employees visited the gym, their experience at work changed. They reported managing their time more effectively, being more productive, and having smoother interactions with their colleagues. Just as important: They went home feeling more satisfied at the end of the day.

https://hbr.org/2014/10/regular-exercise-is-part-of-your-job

And this doesn’t have to change just because you’re at home. 

Body weight exercise is an easy way to workout and build your strength, but if it’s the comradery and social aspects of your yoga or spin classes that you’re missing, then there’s a solution for this too. 

YouTube is littered with tutorials of your choice and exercise disciplines and due to the current situation, a number of virtual classes are streaming live. Allowing you to workout simultaneously from the comfort of your own home. 

And if neither of these options appeal to you, if you can, try some gentle stretching exercises or taking a walk. 

We hope we have provided you with some helpful tips on how you can increase your productivity and spend your time at home.. 

Whilst we hope this period will be short, we must try to keep calm and carry on. 

If you have any good ways of keeping yourself productive, we would love to hear them! You can comment below or let us know on our Facebook page.

Sources Cited:

http://users.wfu.edu/masicaej/MasicampoBaumeister2011JPSP.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23795769

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/235275530_Exercising_at_work_and_self-reported_work_performance

https://hbr.org/2014/10/regular-exercise-is-part-of-your-job


Sajal Azam

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