What appears to be a little issue is quickly becoming a major source of concern and concern for our community. Fear, worry, and unease that we’ve all felt in our various settings as a nation and as people for the past few weeks have not been encouraging.
As the Covid-19 Pandemic drags on, the best we can do is keep going, following the World Health Organization’s and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s (NCDC) guidelines and advisories, while supporting the necessary bodies involved in developing a long-term solution to this outbreak and hoping the war ends soon.
In addition, we need to maintain a happy and productive attitude despite our isolation and social distance.
It may be tough to keep a cheerful attitude throughout this time. Staying productive may become more difficult due to the abundance of diversions, the freedom to do whatever we want at any time as a result of the lockdown, and the essential utilities (electricity, data, water, food, etc.) required to keep hope alive may not be as reliable as they should be.
So, how do you stay positive in the face of all the distractions and pointless activities vying for your attention? How can one make the most of this time and emerge productive, especially when everyone else is whining about the Covid-19 outbreak’s negative effects?
1. Establishing and Maintaining Relationships
Although, because we are all under lockdown in our different locations, it may be tough to form new relationships. However, reach out to them more than ever before in order to build new ones or retain existing ones. Make the most of this time to interact with your family and friends and establish greater intimacy.
You may be self-isolating or distant from your family if you don’t have access to close friends or family. Using social media to form social relationships can help you stay optimistic, unburden your mind, relieve emotional stress, and equip you to work effectively without any psychological barriers.
This is not the time to be alone all the time, to shut yourself off from the rest of the world, or to isolate yourself from the rest of the world. Not social abstinence, but social seclusion and separation.
Engaging with your pals over a video chat can deliver a greater human sense than audio phoning or texting one another via email or social messaging apps, thanks to technology. Whatever you choose to do, you should do it because it makes you happy.
2. Make a Timetable
When there is no one observing you or when you are not directly supervised by a supervisor, it is easy to become uncommitted, unaccountable, and unloyal to what is expected of you. When you’re alone, it’s easy to lose track of time and concentrate less.
Remote employment, in the current environment, may create unproductivity in those who are unable to work with minimum supervision. As a result, it is critical for employers to have a Remote Work Policy and a Performance Measurement Guide in place to measure what each employee does. Individuals can, nevertheless, maintain an ideal level of production if they practice considerable discipline.
Working from home makes it easy to succumb to the beckonings of a variety of distractions that might eat up your time and cause you to miss important deadlines. Maintaining a rigorous work time to guarantee you complete your necessary deliverables may be challenging due to the calls of your little children, pets, husband, message notification tones, sound of the TV, and neighbours.
You may, however, stay productive while working from home if you have right strategies and goals in place. Here are a few suggestions to help you avoid losing valuable time to those persistent and bothersome distractions.
i) Set Clear and Achievable Goals:
Create a blueprint that outlines what you want to do, how you plan to accomplish it, and what you’ll need to accomplish it. Write down your deliverables so you know what to expect as you wrap up for the day and then when the Coronavirus outbreak is over.
ii) Construct a Makeshift Home Office:
To make the most of your time at home with your kids, Netflix, and other distractions. The finest thing you can do for yourself is to set up a home office.
Every morning, take a bath, dress up as if you’re going to your real job, and go to your homework office.
This helps you prepare your thoughts for the day and helps you limit the distractions you might encounter while working in the presence of your family or any other distraction. It eliminates distractions and forces you to focus entirely on your duties.
iii) Distracting Websites Should Be Blocked:
Setting certain limits and limiting your access to certain websites, on the other hand, will help you make the most out of your time.
You can easily be taken in by the flood of content circulating on the internet, which may lead to you spending more time surfing the web for content that is irrelevant to your primary or work tasks, lowering the time you could have spent accomplishing something important.
iv) Take frequent short breaks:
Working without a break for an extended period of time affects efficiency and production. It causes cortisol, a stress hormone that damages the body and makes you feel weak, to be released.
Set a work schedule for yourself if you work from home, and make sure to include brief breaks at regular intervals. This will assist you in breaking down your duties into more manageable chunks. Assist you in avoiding unnecessary burnout.
These small pauses will ensure that you have a highly stimulated and concentrated mind, allowing you to become more productive and cheerful while maintaining a positive attitude.
3. Make it a habit to meditate
Take some time to meditate on something you’ve always wanted to know the solution to or something that makes you happy. It could be pondering a basic issue, asking and answering questions about the mysteries that govern specific events, or concentrating on historical occurrences.
Meditation improves mental health, and how we feel as people has an impact on how we think and act. You will be able to concentrate better and be more effective if you are in a good mood. When you meditate actively, your brain releases Serotonin, also known as “the feel-good hormone,” into your body. You have a lower probability of feeling anxious or sad if you meditate.
Furthermore, while you meditate, your mind becomes busier and more busy, allowing your brain to become more analytical and attentive in making decisions and passing appropriate judgments.
4. Get some exercise and keep a close eye on your eating habits.
Getting in shape should be one of your top priorities throughout this time. Because you would be unlikely to engage in physical activities such as walking or exerting physical strength. Participating in an electronic therapy class will greatly assist you in maintaining your physical and mental health.
During this time, you’re more likely to go hungry at frequent intervals and eat more food. While you may be tempted to give in to your cravings, ensure that you practice some self-denial sacrifice to avoid gaining weight that you would regret after the lockdown.
5. Create a system for evaluation and monitoring.
Make a system to track and evaluate your daily achievements. Keeping daily performance reports is a fantastic way to keep track of your development and overall operations.
Finally, we must guarantee that our brains remain positive in order to be productive. As a result, maintaining a happy mindset takes precedence over everything else. Knowing that someone somewhere is smiling because of you is the simplest approach to keep your mind positive and joyful.
It offers joy to you and others to know that you are the reason someone smiles. So, as we continue to fight this dangerous global virus outbreak, remember to be kind to those who are less privileged.