Wondering how to be productive during quarantine at home? Priyanshu Tiwari, a software engineer & blogger, gives us some easy tips on how to stay productive while quarantined.
How’s everyone doing during quarantine? It is really hard to believe the unprecedented times we are living in.
At the start of the quarantine, I thought, “Oh no! What am I going to do with all this time at home?” But so far, I haven’t had a dull moment! We made a long list of things to do during this quarantine, I am making a plan to make sure we stay active and invest this time wisely.
Being productive at home
I know that not being able to go out, see friends, go to the gym, etc. can be really daunting. It can affect your mood and productivity and lead you to spend your days on the couch binge-watching Netflix. Hey nothing wrong with that, but in the long run, and after this period is done (hopefully soon), you may regret you didn’t use your time in a more positive way.
Think of three things that you’ve been wanting to do or learn but, because of lack of time or motivation, you’ve left aside. Maybe you’ve been wanting to start writing, start blogging, learn a new skill, try a new recipe (If you need some inspiration, check Udemy, where you can find lots of online courses). Whatever it is, this is your chance to make it happen! So, here are some tips to help you make the most out of your time at home.
1. Get a morning routine
Create a morning ritual, like drinking warm water right away to re-hydrate, doing a few stretches, or playing a happy song; anything that can help you set the tone for your day and that you can do on a regular basis. Avoid snoozing and try to wake up every day at the same time, your internal clock will thank you. Furthermore, and I say this all the time, avoid looking at your phone first thing in the morning, take a few minutes to check in with yourself and your family members and then you can check what the rest of the world is doing.
2. Clean your space
Since we are quarantined now, we are so lazy to clean our desk, but having a neat, clutter-free working space and home will instantly calm you down and reduce distractions and increase productivity. So, if by now you haven’t already cleared out all your cupboards and work desk, this is the high time! Make your home the place that gives you energy and motivation to work.
3. Make a plan (Schedule your day & week)
What is the difference between successful and unsuccessful people? Yes, it is planning. There is a famous saying “those who fail to plan, they plan to fail”, so start by making a list of the things you want to achieve in the following weeks and have that list somewhere visible. Now that you have a general overview of things that you want to get done, get specific! When are you going to do it? What do you need? How long you are going to take? Sort your tasks as per relevancy and make a daily and weekly plan. Make sure you scratch those completed to-do’s, it feels so good and motivating!
4. Take breaks
Make sure to take time to rest, take a coffee break in the sun or a walk around the neighborhood (if you can still go out). It is the time when you should not undermine your health, taking regular breaks will be a boost to your health. You will come back with fresh energy to complete your activities.
5. Reduce your social media and news consumption
It is good to stay informed about the developments of the pandemic, however, overconsumption of this news can lead you to feel depressed and overwhelmed. Also, stay away from comparing yourself to others and how they are spending their quarantine time. Focus on yourself and the things you want to achieve. Use technology to your favour, and turn off all those unnecessary notifications from social media and news feeds.
6. Eat healthily
Getting the right fuel into your body will help you feel energized. Fill your fridge up with fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds. Stay clear of junk food and refined sugars; paying extra special attention to your diet during these days in which we are more sedentary than ever, is super important.
Make time to work out regularly. So many gyms, yoga and pilates studios are currently offering free online classes, take advantage of that! Doing physical activity will help you feel happier and energized.
Learning how to quiet your mind is incredibly powerful. It can help us to eliminate negative thoughts, worries, and anxiety. Plus, it has great benefits in terms of productivity as it helps with focus and better sleep. If you don’t know where to start, there are apps like Headspace and InsightTimer that offer free guided meditation sessions.
9. Stay in touch with friends and family
Social isolation doesn’t mean that you can’t be close to those you love. Staying (digitally) together is easier than ever before! Schedule regular calls with friends, family, and colleagues. Make it fun, have digital Friday drinks, and play some games!
10. Learn something new
You will never get this amount of free time, so it is the high time that you add some skills in your armory which will make you the best version of yourself after the quarantine is over. Learning new skills will certainly make you more productive. You can check how to be a full stack developer during this quarantine.
Get up and at it!
No more procrastination, quarantine is the perfect time for being the best version of yourself. What are your plans for the coming weeks? Leave your comments below.