Staying Productive While Staying Home

May 25, 2020
We certainly aren’t claiming to be experts when it comes to dealing with quarantining and social distancing, but we do have some tips that we think can help you stay positive, motivated and productive. 

Stay on schedule
You may not have a morning or evening commute to contend with, but going to bed and waking up at the same time is still beneficial. For starters, when things get back to normal, you’ll have a much easier time adjusting back to your normal schedule. There have also been studies that say keeping on a regular schedule can actually extend one’s life, so there’s that too. 

Start fresh
Even if your personal interaction for the day only includes your family and some colleagues over video conference, you’ll feel better and work more productively if you start your day with a hot shower and a clean shave. We’re not saying get camera-ready, but the act of daily perpetration has a weird way of tricking your brain into thinking you’re at work. 

Take a walk
There’s no better medicine for cabin fever than a change of scenery and some fresh air. If you’ve got a dog, that’s even more the reason for taking a nice walk. And since you’re likely eating meals by your computer, that leaves you with a full lunch hour to spend outdoors. Even a walk around the block or your backyard beats staying inside. The exercise doesn’t hurt either. 

Keep in touch
We’re fortunate to live in a day and age where most everyone is “online.” Reach out to friends and family to arrange group video chats. Things like an extended family dinner, a happy hour or a “guys/girls night in” are totally possible and lots of fun. Plus you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything! 

Unplug a little
Our last piece of advice is that while it’s great staying in touch with those you care about, it’s also healthy to get away a bit for some “alone time.” Since you’re probably on your computer or phone most of the day, try and set aside a little time when you’re not “plugged in.” This also means no TV. A puzzle, a magazine or a good book are great ways to get your mind off of work and everything else. 


 

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