COVID-19 – How to Be Productive While Working Remotely
Last Updated on March 22, 2021 by Mileva Stankovic
Many people ended up working remotely when the COVID-19 pandemic started. Luckily, they at least got to keep their jobs and earn while others lost theirs.
Still, sometimes they might feel unproductive when working remotely. All they’re seeing around them are screens for the entire day and we all know how draining that can feel for the eyes and psyche.
There are ways to feel more productive and motivated while working remotely. If you became that person in the past few weeks, read on to see the ways you can feel better.
Mental Health Comes First
It might seem cool to be at home and work feeling all the comfort, but our thoughts can shift towards the whole mess that Coronavirus created around the globe. Mundane tasks, such as data entire jobs, are ideal for this type of issue to appear.
If this happens to you, know that it’s completely normal to think about what’s happening in the world around you. The situation we’re in is new for all of us, and none of us came prepped to handle it. so we’re all handling it in our own way.
The catch is to recognize when the occasional thought about COVID-19-related death becomes an obsession. That’s the moment to interfere and stop the flow of negativity that can affect you, days on end.
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EFT Technique for Releasing Emotions
We spoke about the EFT technique before, but it’s time to cover the basics again. EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It can be used as a brief and cost-effective treatment for anxiety, fear, phobias, depression, PTSD, and other emotions that you can feel COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s a scientifically proven method of releasing how you feel and working on changing your emotions. EFT is also called psychological acupressure because of the meridian points that you will be touching when practicing it.
1. Identify the issue
During this step, you should think about the problem that you wish to resolve, in this case, the intrusive feeling of fear from the disease. You should choose only one issue as your focus.
2. Test the initial intensity
Rank the intensity of the problem on a scale of 0–10, with 10 being the worst. This ranking system allows you to assess the effectiveness of the tapping after you’ve done it.
3. The phrase
Before starting the tapping itself, you should decide on the sentence that you’ll speak to acknowledge the issue. In the Covid-19 case it can be something like:
“Even though I have am afraid of the virus, I deeply and completely accept the fear.”
4. The sequence
The tapping points are:
- top of the head (TOH) — directly in the center of the top of the head
- beginning of the eyebrow (EB) — the beginning of the brow, just above and to the side of the nose
- side of the eye (SE) — on the bone at the outside corner of the eye
- under the eye (UE) — on the bone under the eye, approximately 1 inch (in) below the pupil
- under the nose (UN) — the point between the nose and upper lip
- chin point (CH) — halfway between the underside of the lower lip and the bottom of the chin
- beginning of the collarbone (CB) — the point where the breastbone (sternum), collarbone, and first rib intersect
- under the arm (UA) — at the side of the body, approximately 4 in below the armpit
When tapping, use two or more fingertips and repeat the tap approximately five times on each point.
Since you can mirror the tapping on some parts on your body, you can tap on the one side only, or use both hands to tap on both sides.
5. Test the intensity again
Rank your issue again and repeat the process until you reach zero. See the video for further explanation.
Organize a Virtual Party
Lacking human contact during social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic and working remotely affects people greatly, especially if it’s literally forbidden for you to leave the home and hug your loved ones. It won’t be the same, but you can still organize a virtual Skype party and have all your friends join you.
You can even cook together, and each of you can create a different meal to serve. Possibilities are endless, and only your imagination can stop you. And with a little patience, you’ll be able to hug your friends and family soon enough.
Mental Health Chatbot
If it’s really hard for you to cope with the COVID-19 and all that it brought along, consider chatting with one of the mental health chatbots. They can determine the level of your distress and provide you with legit advice on what to do.
Now that we’ve covered that you need to be mentally prepared to cope with the disease around you, it’s time to set up your work environment. Working remotely usually means working from home. You’ll have to select your corner and dedicate it to your work desk. Set up your working desk in a similar manner you did the one in your office.
If you had plants, put some plants near your computer. If you’ll look at the screen for the most time, set up some of the blue light options to keep your eyes rested as much as you can. Make sure the working room is not your bedroom at the same time. your mind is conditioned to make you feel relaxed when you’re in such a surrounding, so that’s why you’ll avoid the following thing also:
Avoid wearing pajamas
Wearing pajamas will also get you sleepy. Instead, dress for success. Bonus points – you’ll be ready for a sudden interview or a video call. Working remotely doesn’t mean that you get to become too relaxed. You can always try the pajamas but if those get you lazy, dress up.
Try the Pomodoro Technique
Pomodoro technique is based on the good old knowledge that your results will be better when you take breaks in your work. Choose your task, set the timer for 25 minutes, work on the task until it rings, once it rings mark the task as done. Enjoy your short break.
The best thing – every four pomodoros you deserved a bigger pause! Meaning that while you’re working remotely you get to enjoy longer pauses that are well deserved.
Get more sleep
Many people claim that working remotely from the comfort of their home helped them improve their lives, meaning better sleep and work-life balance.
More sleep equals better productivity and better productivity equals tasks done faster. Which can only mean one thing – more time for yourself! To get better sleep, avoid drinking alcohol often, try to turn your devices off before going to bed, and have a light dinner.
Working Remotely -Summary
Being present during the COVID-19 pandemic is not an easy task, especially if you’re obligated to be mentally and physically prepared to handle daily tasks at work. Turning on the Zoom conference isn’t the solution, but working on feeling better is. Don’t worry, you got this! Comment below what helps you stay productive during COVID-19 crisis.