3 Must Read Hacks for Becoming More Productive During Self-Isolation
How does one become more productive during a time like this?
It feels the same every day, we make ourselves a cup of tea and have a good breakfast but then what? For some of us it could be starting a day of work online, working with people through video call, or even some of us may find ourselves asking the infamous repetitive question that is “What am I going to do today?” Some days are better than others where we get to talk to friends all day, eat whatever we want, and watch whatever we want. Although self-isolation can have its surprising benefits it still gives most of us an uncomfortable feeling of unproductivity. This feeling can sometimes feel so unbreakable to the point where we build up worry about how much we want this day to be over with. I could write all day about the self-pity that we constantly have for ourselves but how would that benefit anybody? It could possibly give someone a sense of comfort to know that they are not alone but what if I told you that there are three hacks that could have you at your highest well being during this ongoing pandemic? While there are good days and bad days ahead of us, we can keep these three strategies in handy to prepare for those apprehensive feelings that we so much dread.
Going for a walk
This is probably the most recommended strategy to almost everyone who is feeling somewhat lazy. There’s a problem with this recommendation as well, when exercise is brought up in the news or in everyday conversation it gives us mental images of lifting weights, running until our hearts explode, and flashbacks to times where we worked out for a certain time frame but still saw no results. This word can put a bad taste into someone’s mouth or a good one depending on who you ask. Once you get over the distracting threats of hearing the word, tell yourself that there are more than three ways to get exercise into your daily routine. Going on walks twice a day for 30 minutes to an hour can have tremendous results for you physical and mental health. Before the gyms were shut down, I was going to the gym three to four times a week to either jog on the treadmill or work on my body mass by using a machine or playing around with the free weights. Now I have adapted walking for an hour in the morning as well as in the evening and it’s something I look forward to everyday. In the morning after my walks I feel rejuvenated and victorious knowing that I could have easily spent that hour tossing and turning in bed. In the evening I feel like it gives me a nice way to start ending my day in a calmer mindset. Exercise does not have to be rigorous; it can simply be a way of getting out the house when you need to the most.
Making a to-do list a day before
Have you ever thought of things that you were going to work on but somehow forget them the next day? It’s natural to have these sporadic ideas but what can you help to remember them is simply writing them down. These ideas seem so simple in the moment to the point where you tell yourself that “how can I forget this?” To prevent these instances from happening repeatedly, grab a pen or pencil and write down these spontaneous projects. I like to give myself 5–10 minutes before I go to bed to plan out my following day, these are usually broken down into bullet points and are finely detailed. Telling yourself mentally sometimes isn’t enough of a push to get yourself to do something but when that thought is put into writing it tells your mind that maybe it really is important that you get it done. The trick into making a successful to-do list is to remind yourself that you have no control over what can happen the following day, this will allow you to make realistic predictions about what you can get done tomorrow. Initially this process may seem tiresome, but it will allow you to have less stress on the day of, and your productivity meter will go up significantly.
Reward yourself at the end of the day
Stop watching the hours go by until you think it’s a reasonable time to go to sleep, or at least try to avoid letting your social media be your bedtime story. Within the last hour of your day try to reward yourself in some way. Whether that’s going to bed early or watching your favorite tv show, it’s important to remind ourselves that we are human, and we do deserve a break at some point. When rewarding yourself after a busy and productive day, you receive a sense of encouragement that reminds you that all the work you’ve done today was worth it. Having a hard time figuring out what to celebrate? Acknowledge the fact that you are still alive and that you got through another day. You’ll wake up even more recharged than the day before and will start figuring out why productivity is only good for ourselves in the present moment but is also good for our time here on Earth. The last hour of my day usually consist of me watching a few episodes of my favorite show “The Office” and having funny conversations with my friends in our group chat. There is an endless number of things to do when winding down for bed, you can also take this time to meditate or catch up on a book you’ve always wanted to finish.
Productivity is something that we all strive for and can be hard to achieve daily. If you have nothing to lose then try these three simple hacks and judge the results for yourself. I leave my readers with a quote from business magnate Richard Branson about productivity that says ‘My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, “Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.” ‘