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How to be productive post lock-down

When the lockdown was first imposed back in February 2020, the biggest anxiety for business – aside from an expected drop in sales and revenue -was the fate of employees’ productivity while working from home. The assumption was that with less supervision employees were sure to slack, leading to less and lower quality of work. This fear, surprisingly, proved unjustified when results showed that where productivity levels didn’t remain the same, they had increased!

 

This was great news while locked down, but as we slowly march towards a reopening, having grown accustomed to the new normal, let’s face it – maybe for the first time since having to return to school, we are nervous about keeping ourselves driven. We are especially anxious about handling what is likely to be heavier workloads and – worst of all – of having to face the dreaded daily commute!

If this is you – not to worry, you aren’t alone, and you don’t have to feel lost either, because we have compiled a list of our top tips to keep you fired up through this time!

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Set a goal – reward yourself

Getting motivated goes hand in hand with having a destination or final line. A study by Havard Business found that 14% (of those) included who had goals were 10 times more successful than those without goals. It further found that the 3% with written goals were 3 times more successful than the 14% with unwritten goals.

This allows us to make a clear conclusion: having a goal to work towards and writing it down leads to increased success in reaching it. Writing down your goals, allows you to answer the question – how do I get there? which, in turn, allows you to devise a strategy and game plan that is sure to propel you towards your end game. Setting your goal, allows you to visualise where you want to go, keeping you motivated to reach it.

Those of you who are parents- to humans or animals- are likely already aware of positive reinforcement. Our brains respond better to having to perform certain behaviors if it knows that we are likely to be rewarded for it – so use this to full advantage. Plan a reward for your efforts every time you set and reach a goal. Be it allowing yourself to eat that highly caloric meal, or to buy that pair of shoes you’ve wanted for a while- learn to train your brain towards productivity.

Take a breather

Getting motivated goes hand in hand with having a destination or final line. A study by Havard Business found that 14% (of those) included who had goals were 10 times more successful than those without goals. It further found that the 3% with written goals were 3 times more successful than the 14% with unwritten goals.

This allows us to make a clear conclusion: having a goal to work towards and writing it down leads to increased success in reaching it. Writing down your goals, allows you to answer the question – how do I get there? which, in turn, allows you to devise a strategy and game plan that is sure to propel you towards your end game. Setting your goal, allows you to visualise where you want to go, keeping you motivated to reach it.

Those of you who are parents- to humans or animals- are likely already aware of positive reinforcement. Our brains respond better to having to perform certain behaviors if it knows that we are likely to be rewarded for it – so use this to full advantage. Plan a reward for your efforts every time you set and reach a goal. Be it allowing yourself to eat that highly caloric meal, or to buy that pair of shoes you’ve wanted for a while- learn to train your brain towards productivity.

Meditate, meditate, mediate

Getting motivated goes hand in hand with having a destination or final line. A study by Havard Business found that 14% (of those) included who had goals were 10 times more successful than those without goals. It further found that the 3% with written goals were 3 times more successful than the 14% with unwritten goals.

This allows us to make a clear conclusion: having a goal to work towards and writing it down leads to increased success in reaching it. Writing down your goals, allows you to answer the question – how do I get there? which, in turn, allows you to devise a strategy and game plan that is sure to propel you towards your end game. Setting your goal, allows you to visualise where you want to go, keeping you motivated to reach it.

Those of you who are parents- to humans or animals- are likely already aware of positive reinforcement. Our brains respond better to having to perform certain behaviors if it knows that we are likely to be rewarded for it – so use this to full advantage. Plan a reward for your efforts every time you set and reach a goal. Be it allowing yourself to eat that highly caloric meal, or to buy that pair of shoes you’ve wanted for a while- learn to train your brain towards productivity.

Play with your routine

No matter how engaging your job is, chances are that you will have to carry out at least a few repetitive activities. While some of us thrive with routine, it can also easily lead to burnout, decreased productivity and boredom, which will affect productivity and motivation. We tend to be expectant and excited about trying new things which boosts our motivation; doing something that we are used to, doesn’t get that same response.

However, not all hope is lost. You can use your available resources to make them more engaging. A good way of doing this is by shifting and playing with your routine. If you usually send all your emails at the end of the day, where you are most burned out, try doing it in the morning instead, when your brain is fresher and more prepared to get the routine tasks out of the way. You might even want to set challenges, such as setting the goal of sending at least twenty promotional emails before lunch- which would work like the previously explained goal-setting step and help you stay motivated through the more monotonous work. Experiment and see what works for you!

Ready to go

We have collectively become hermits as the pandemic raged, and are collectively concerned about opening back up and going back to a more orthodox work environment and schedule. Don’t feel like you are in the wrong for feeling anxious. Hopefully, we have shown you that there are steps you can take to be prepared to face the world once again. If you experiment around and find something that works for you, the process should be a lot easier. You can also subscribe to your monthly newsletter for more tips and content like this.

With that being said, keep in mind that your mental health should never take a back seat, and should always be prioritised. If you have been feeling anxious and this list didn’t do enough to relieve it, please speak to your manager about your concerns, and use the resources available at Mind.com. Your mental matters!

No matter how engaging your job is, chances are that you will have to carry out at least a few repetitive activities. While some of us thrive with routine, it can also easily lead to burnout, decreased productivity and boredom, which will affect productivity and motivation. We tend to be expectant and excited about trying new things which boosts our motivation; doing something that we are used to, doesn’t get that same response.

However, not all hope is lost. You can use your available resources to make them more engaging. A good way of doing this is by shifting and playing with your routine. If you usually send all your emails at the end of the day, where you are most burned out, try doing it in the morning instead, when your brain is fresher and more prepared to get the routine tasks out of the way. You might even want to set challenges, such as setting the goal of sending at least twenty promotional emails before lunch- which would work like the previously explained goal-setting step and help you stay motivated through the more monotonous work. Experiment and see what works for you!

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