Somewhere around the 1st quarter of 2020, the 9 to 5 office-going brave hearts had unanimously agreed that Work from Home was, in fact, the only silver lining to the Covid cloud. With…
- over 82% of telecommuters reported lower stress and higher happiness quotient,
- nearly 15% instantly enhanced productivity and
- companies saving billions of dollars that were otherwise lost because of poor employee engagement every year
…this blessing in disguise was welcomed as the new and improved order of professional life.
A year down the line, though, patience, motivation, and the trill of escaping ruthless traffic, noisy co-workers, and hawk-eyed bosses day after day, has met a significant slowdown.
More and more individuals in the work-from-home brigade are displaying symptoms of clinical boredom; many are attending meetings in bedsheet togas and underclothing while others are authorizing their cats to fill in for them.
Let’s face it, staying productive while working from home can be a challenge. Getting past distractions can be tough, and having your comfort zone converted to an office space can get a little uncomfortable.
Given that Work-From-Home is here to stay, here are a few tips that can help you stay productive and motivated indefinitely.
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Start Your Day with Something Healthful
The time that you would otherwise have spent battling traffic can now be diverted towards healthful practices like Yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, Breathing exercises, and a little mindfulness. Thirty minutes in the early morning can keep your energy levels surprisingly high all through the day.
Dress up for Work
Get up, shower, and dress up for work, even if your office is in your living room. This will signal your brain to understand that work-from-home is real work and requires 100% dedication, like how it is in offices.
Create a Work Space Where You Will Be Minimally Distracted
Work-from-home brings you the delight of spending more time with your family. However, spending your work time with your better half and the ever-energetic little ones can be distracting. The best solution is to choose a specific space and put up a no-entry sign there while you’re at work.
Invite Luck with Feng Shui Trinkets on Your Desk
Little trinkets of love and luck can keep you positive, productive, and cheerful. Decking your desk with Fengshui items like a little pot of money plant, lucky crystals that you vibe with, a globe, etc., can bring you the blessing of the universe.
Invest in an Ergonomic Chair
Uncomfortable chairs are one of the few unnamed reasons why employees tend to escape their desks. Therefore, investing in ergonomic chairs will keep your spine straight and comfortable so that you are minimally distracted from your work routine.
Take Short Breaks and Get Some Fresh Air
Never spend more than 40 minutes at a stretch on your work desk. Get up, hug your dog, pet your cat (if it allows), get some fresh air in the balcony, smell some flowers, make yourself a cup of coffee, stretch a little, don’t open your shopping app, and you will stay charged with productive energy all day long.
Devote at least 20 minutes to Chair Exercises
This is one of the best forms of exercise that can keep you fit and prevent you from gaining weight even when you are at your desk glued to your chair. Leg lifts, leg holds, chair push-ups, and shoulder lifts are only a few to mention. Chair exercises are best done 5 minutes * 4 times every 1hr30mins to 2 hours.
Productivity, whether in professional life or personal life starts in your mind and then, your brain and body follow. Each of these tips are tried, tested, and proven to boost your mind and body in a way that you can give your best to your work even though phases of demotivating monotony.
Also, If you are running an organization, It is vital to invest in the well-being of your employees, especially during these challenging times. Our ICF-certified coaches can help you to boost the well-being and productivity of your employees. Get in touch with us and start building a healthy work environment today.