Due to lockdown measures in the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more companies around the world are implementing remote working for their employees. In some ways, this is better for employees. They waste less time commuting and getting ready and have more flexibility with chores around the house. However, amidst all the chaos and drastic changes, many are struggling to stay productive and find a healthy work-life balance. Here we look at some top tips you can use to be more productive at home and juggle your personal life with remote working.
Peaceful Work Space
The first step to successful remote working is to set up your home office. Set aside a peaceful study room away from any distractions of the home. Start setting up your home office with the required technical devices and gadgets. Having undisrupted internet connection and your communication apps is crucial during this period. So, ensure you are updated with latest computer virus protections and necessary updates. Nothing kills your productivity more than a slow computer or connection.
Your home office layout should encourage you to work, so keep the immediate work area organized and tidy. A cluttered workspace will only make you feel depressed and unorganized. Only keep things that you will actually be using. Any folders and stationery that you don’t immediately need, should be stored away from your desk.
Stay Updated with News
Misinformation and sensationalized news items are making a lot of people anxious and worried. Ensure you only read information from reputable sources like the CDC or WHO. Worrying over exaggerated news and information will only be a drain on you mental health and prevent you from being productive.
Get Dressed Daily
Keeping up a routine even when working from home can make your life feel more structured and organized. Since you were so used to getting dressed and ready for the day while working normally, continue this for home working. It can make you feel more focused and alert. You don’t need to put on full work attire, of course, but at least getting out of your pajamas will help. 
Create Work Plan and Set Boundaries
Even when working from home, you should set a clear working plan and stick to it. For example, you can work in 2-hour blocks and take 15-minute breaks in between to do chores around the house. Set clear working hours for yourself.
Set clear boundaries (space and timewise) between your new ‘work life’ and home life. People generally find it more productive to stay away from kids while working. However, if you find working with kids or pets soothing, you should certainly try that. Try having your child with you while working, but give them a task (coloring book for example) to occupy their time and attention.
Don’t try to multitask or switch too often between working and household tasks. Multitasking has generally been linked to lower productivity levels.
With elevated levels of stress, now is the perfect time to practice self-care. With time wasted for long commutes, invest this extra time for self-care at the end of the day. This is the perfect time to experiment with new self-care rituals. Invest in those scented candles, essential oils and bath salts to soothe you. Oils like lavender, peppermint and lemon can help you relieve nervous tension and help you breathe properly. Check out www.fllowerbox.com for your oil needs.
Meditation can work wonders for your productivity as well. You don’t need to be a yogi to do this. Even a few minutes of regular meditation practice has been shown to change our brains for the better. Alternatively, you can set aside a few minutes of your schedule for some deep breathing.