‘5 Top Tips on achieving a productive working week during lockdown’
“Productivity is the result of commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort”
For those who are getting used to adapting too recent change and the consequences of those changes, it is important to know there are always opportunities to thrive from in any circumstance. We have put together some Top Tips on achieving a productive working week during lockdown to get you those results during the coronavirus pandemic;
#1 – KEEPING STRUCTURE – We are all well aware that keeping a structure/daily routine during lockdown is the closest way we are going to achieve any normality when it comes to our working week and getting things done. It’s important to have a defined schedule and stick to it. Avoiding sleeping in or lingering over breakfast, and getting to work by a set time will certainly keep that productivity and sense of ambition alight. Just as if you were driving across town to your office or commuting, perceive that underwhelming yet short journey down the stairs to your new office set up as a less stressful and more peaceful way of arriving at work; no traffic and certainly no tubes! It’s also imperative when it comes to productivity to confine your work space to a specific area in your home so your job doesn’t intrude into the lives of other household members and you can concentrate easier. Have everything you need to hand and at ease in one space just as if you were at your office desk. Your mind set will change if you adapt these tips into your working week. Keep a daily working structure and in doing so with that new set up of yours, you might find it quite invigorating and exciting.
#2 – CREATIVE IDEAS & TAKING ACTION – Take advantage of this restrictive time. Everybody is in the same boat, and although you are not being left behind, many of us will use this out of the ordinary situation to better what we do and find new creative strategies and ways to keep consistency when it comes to our businesses. Be creative and don’t let your confined circumstances dwarf your tranquility, happiness or productivity. Your greatest power is your perspective in that it can easily victimise you or empower you. If we let ourselves be dictated by negativity and don’t continue striving forward we may then find ourselves falling behind. Business journeys are about learning with the curve and challenging new heights with everything we do and stand for. Remember what it is you set out to do and do not let circumstances hinder them. Statistics have proved to us before that start ups during the last recession were some of the most iconic companies of the last decade. See this time as an opportunity to find and learn exciting new ways to do what you do.
#3 – COMMUNICATION & REACHING OUT – Keep communicating! With this in mind now is actually an imperative time to be reaching out to clients, suppliers, building relationships to prosper for when we come out of lockdown. Get on potential clients radar’s. Like yourself, people will have time to reach out to you and pay more attention on building relationships through business and affiliations. In turn, when we come out of all this you will feel like you have achieved something and have placed yourself at the top of your perspective clients list, so they will be knocking on your door. It’s also easy when getting on with work at home to unconsciously neglect and lack communication between our team, clients or even our bosses. We don’t realise and can start to take for granted how much we would usually communicate with our team on a daily basis, when we once found ourselves in the same office/areas with them and how this really helps in aiding our productivity during our usual working week. It’s important to still bounce ideas off of each other and keep one another updated. Organise regular meetings too and strive for normality. For example if you were to always have a ‘Monday Morning Meeting’ keep that approach. Many of us will have employed video communications perhaps more than we normally would, now that we are in lockdown, and would have changed our strategies of communication.
#4 – BE CONSCIOUS OF YOUR WELLBEING – Staying active whilst we are confined to our homes can be slightly challenging, especially with the strict lockdown rules in place, we can find ourselves developing a form of cabin fever. Our usual daily working week consists of, and would see most of us spending more time out of our house than in it. Whether we are buzzing around from office to office, attending meetings or lunches, our minds are so used to being consumed by the many places we have to be, keeping our brains satisfied and triggering many forms of activeness and emotions both mentally and physically. With this in mind lockdown will challenge many of our state of minds and wellbeing so it is important you stay conscious and on top of how you are feeling and reacting to certain situations. In keeping with the variety we would usually experience in our normal workings days, find time and schedule light exercise breaks. From yoga, to a walk around the local park, or maybe you are into more of a vigorous run to help focus your afternoon, these activities will no doubt improve your productiveness. Get outside as much as possible and soak up that vitamin D from the glorious sunshine we have been rewarded with. It’s important to keep a variety of activities in our lives during lockdown to satisfy our buzzing minds. Lastly eating well, keeping our immune system strong and healthy throughout this period of time is a must. With treats from chocolate to biscuits tempting us as we work with the kitchen cupboards only a few feet away, we might find ourselves over eating or eating the wrong foods more than we should. Yes, we are in the middle of a pandemic and none of us really know how we should be feeling, acting or what we should really be doing… it all comes down to just listening to your body and being conscious.
#5 – LOG OFF & CLOCK OFF – One of the most important aspects of a healthy productive work from home routine is creating boundaries as well as structure. Try to allow yourself to log off for the evening —and not just from your laptop. Consider developing a phrase you say to yourself at the end of the day, to signal your mind that it’s time to stop thinking about work. Just because you have access to work anytime when working from home, doesn’t mean you should be logged in 24/7. Allow yourself to have downtime to create a work-life balance and keep productiveness. You don’t want to develop a negative attitude towards working from home and a sense of pressure building up surrounding a work-life balance. We all need scheduled time to clock off, no matter where we are working and what we are working on.
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