Enjoy this excerpt from an article at Psychology Today. Read the entire article here.
Productivity Tips for Working at Home Under Quarantine
How to boost concentration and curb procrastination and social isolation.
- Confine your workspace to a specific area in your home so your job doesn’t intrude into the lives of other household members and you can concentrate.
- Block the neighbor’s barking dog, excess noise from household members or ambient traffic with noise-canceling headphones or earbuds.
- Go to the same designated place on a regular basis so your mind doesn’t wander, you can focus and increase your productivity.
- Set water-tight physical boundaries around your designated workspace that is off-limits for housemates. Treat it as if it’s five miles across town, and ask house members to consider it as such (e.g. no interruptions from another room when you’re engrossed in a project unless an emergency).
- After a reasonable day’s work, put away your electronic devices and work tools just as you would store carpentry tools after building shelves or baking ingredients after making a cake.
- Discourage personal intrusions. If you’re a teacher or doctor, friends don’t just stop by the office to chat, hang-out or interrupt your work. But sometimes well-intended friends, family members, and neighbors think working at home is different.
- Employ your video communications perhaps more than you normally would, now that you’re more isolated. Make plans to meet virtually on a regular basis and share creative ways you’ve adjusted to the new situation.
- Avoid cabin fever. Now that you’re spending a disproportionate amount of time at home, get outside as much as possible with gardening or walking around the block.
- Keep your attitude in check. Above all, be creative and don’t let your confined circumstances dwarf your tranquility, happiness or productivity. Your greatest power is your perspective. It can victimize you or empower you.