Professional Development, Tips & Techniques

3 ways I’ve increased productivity during COVID

Because the second year is harder than the first.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Aug 23, 2022

Have you checked in on your productivity levels lately? If, like most of the world’s employees out there, you are still working from home, how are you doing? Do you find yourself getting more work stuff done during the day? Or are you taking advantage of being home by taking breaks or running errands, then working till nighttime? How is your energy? Are you eating? And are you getting things done in an efficient and effective matter? I don’t know about you, but these are all things I’ve been thinking about daily all year.

 

As we’re now into second half of 2022, I am really starting to reflect on nearly 2 full years of working from home. And I’m not totally sure if my productivity levels have been consistent. Ever. Which, when you’re working on your own schedule, can be quite taxing.

 

I’m working on getting my productivity levels back to pre-COVID status, and to even increase that. Because, like it or not, the workplace is changing, and working from home will most likely be an option for all of us for years to come.

 

That’s right, the traditional 9-to-5 office setting is going away. This, I find to be a blessing and con at the same time. You have the freedom to work wherever, but because of the added freedom, your productivity might decrease. If you are in the same boat as me, allow me to share my top tricks that have been helping me over the last few weeks. Of course, there isn’t always a one-size-fits-all answer to these things. Especially in a pandemic.

 

Gratitude will get you far

To put it simply, when you are immersed in a work environment, you will want to work. This is mainly due to the structure and design in offices; you understand the function of the space and atmosphere as an employee. Versus being at home, where you have to convince yourself that this is now your place of work. It’s all about setting the right mood, specifically if you have other non-work things on your mind that you’d rather be doing (hi, Netflix).

 

By starting the day expressing gratitude for your health, ability to make an income, and for waking up — you will start properly. Sometimes I even go on a morning run or make a cozy breakfast to build up my endorphins. Other things I’ve found to help are a quick 10-20 minute mediation or prayer and dance session. A posture of gratitude goes a long way in motivation and inspiration.

 

Organize your schedule and daily tasks

This is something I get tripped up on every single week. We are not in a traditional office or have traditional hours, but that doesn’t mean you can just wing it. Sometimes, I find myself waking up at 6AM, but starting work at noon, then taking a long break during the day and working till 10PM. I don’t advise this. Sticking to a set schedule (even if you have breaks) is probably the best thing you can do. Make sure your schedule goes with your natural schedule and try your best to stick to it daily.

 

Unplug

Lately, I’ve been sleeping without my phone in my bedroom and working in my office without my phone. I’m finding that unplugging helps me to minimize outside distractions like answering texts and calls from friends or family members. And sometimes, if I have big deadline days, I’ll work for an hour, then go to my phone as a quick 5 minute un-related break. And this works too.

 

But the important thing here is to remove unnecessary distractions that will keep you from being productive and focused.

 

We’ve got even more productivity hacks for you, because focusing is hard when WFH means the temptation of doing anything else.