As the world grapples with the impact of COVID-19, many of our countries are currently on lockdown, meaning that a whole lot more people are currently working from home.
I‘m not sure what it is about working from home that makes you restless and ALWAYS hungry. I ate my way through my first two weeks of social distancing and it’s only now that my brain has realised that I’m not physically in survival mode, so I don’t need all the food and excess energy.
But, that also helped me understand that although I was still highly functional professionally, the emotional and psychological strain of this pandemic on all of us, healthcare workers, casual workers, law enforcement, our leaders, our economies… all of it weighs heavily on us, and my brain took that anxiety and decided that I needed to survive.
We all carry and process anxiety and trauma differently, and even with everything that’s happening around us, we still need to find a way to ground ourselves, focus and be able to do our work.
Here are a few tips to help you stay productive during the lockdown:
1. Maintain a routine: This helps you keep a manageable structure to your day, which will reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed. Wake up at the same time everyday, take breaks around the same time and focus on being consistent.
2. Draft a To-do list: At the end of every day, plan for the next day so that when you get started in the morning, you have a clear plan for tackling your tasks.
3. Exercise: This helps to get the blood flowing, relieves feelings of sluggishness and keeps you stimulated and alert. It’s also great to counter some of the damage your snack cupboard may have caused.
4. Beware of being over-productive: It’s easy to fall into the trap of being overly productive and not taking enough time to rest, reflect, relax and connect. Do your work, but also take time to fill your own cup during this time as well. Your physical and mental wellbeing are priorities, so give them the time and attention they need.
Stay home (as much as you can), stay safe and keep washing those hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. We all have a role to play in flattening the infection curve.