With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our life has changed drastically. We are not supposed to leave our houses unnecessarily, schools and colleges are closed and all the workplaces are emphasizing on working from home.
This is drastic change has come with its own downsides like not being as productive as we want to be. Living and working in the comfort of our homes have made us more comfortable and sometimes less productive.
So here are a few ways you can make sure that you stay at your best and get the most out of yourself.
1. Make a To-do List
We have all heard this before. But let me tell you this, personally, I think this is the best way to make sure you stay productive. Making a to-do list keeps you accountable and lets you have a rough plan in mind about what you will be doing that day. Having a written to-do list also works much better most times as it gives a personal touch to your day.
2. Drink Enough Water
This may not sound as glamorous but it has quite a bit of effect on your productivity. In fact, one study found that when there is even 1% of dehydration in your body then your cognitive performance decreases by 5%. Make sure you drink at least 2-3 litres of water every day.
3. Take small breaks in-between
Do you find your attention span decreasing in a long class or when you’ve been working non-stop for more than an hour? This probably due to the fact that your brain is exhausted and it needs a break. Taking a 10-minute break every 60-90 minutes will improve your productivity many times over.
Just don’t use any sort of technology during that break as it will have an opposite effect.
4. Make sure you do some sort of physical activity
It could be a sport, working out in the gym or just a jog. Working your body every day will not help reduce many kinds of health risks in the future but it will also act as a reset for your brain. It will give you some time to think for yourself and you’ll find yourself being more refreshed than before.
5. Set a time to check your notifications
We get hundreds of mails every day and often find ourselves reading one as soon as it comes in and even waiting for it. This not only cuts off the flow of our work but also wastes a lot of time. The best way to counter that is to set a time to check your mails, messages and other notifications.
I suggest setting one every time you take a break for food. For example, once during breakfast, once during lunch and then the last time during dinner before you’re off to bed. That way you get two things done at the same time.
Follow these 4 simple tricks and make your day more productive than ever. We all have only 24 hours every day and how you use those hours will determine if you’re an achiever or just like everyone else.