10 Healthy Things That Improve Productivity at Home During Isolation

10 Healthy Things That Improve Productivity at Home During Isolation

 

Today I am grateful to introduce Adrianne Elizabeth from YourHappinessQuest.com.

Adrianne is a health and wellness writer & yogi and in this post, she is sharing with us her experience so far during the coronavirus isolation and 10 healthy things that you can do to improve productivity at home during isolation.

Enjoy everyone & thank you, Adrianne!

 

These are strange times we are living with, all across the globe.

I know the first couple days of isolation we had grand plans of all the things we were going to get done with a month of free time as New Zealand went into lockdown for a month.

Two weeks in, we were feeling low in energy and hadn’t achieved much at all. 

I know we aren’t the only ones, everyone I have spoken to has told me they lack energy and productivity at the moment.

So, I went to these ten healthy activities that I try to follow every day, but especially when I am feeling down, to improve productivity at home during isolation.

They may seem simple and somewhat obvious, but a reminder never hurts. Plus, if you’re like me, understanding why they improve productivity helps build the motivation to work them into your routine.

 

 

10 Ways To Improve Productivity at Home During Isolation

 

1) Get Out of Bed and Get Dressed

Sounds straightforward, but when you’re not feeling it, this can be tricky.

It’s easy to think, “I’m just at home, who cares. No-one can see me.” But doing normal daily activities helps to give you a sense of normality and mental divide between bed-time and day-time activities. 

If you want to exercise, the first step is to put some exercise clothes on.

If you’re still working from home, change out of your pyjamas. I’m not suggesting you have to get your formal office clothes, the joys of working from home, right!

But maybe comfortable pants and a cute t-shirt that you love will get you into the groove. Test it out for yourself. See how you feel in different outfits. 

In the words of Coco Chanel, “If you’re sad, put some lipstick on and attack!”

Get changed when working at home to improve productivity

2) Hydrate

Your body is made up of approximately 60% water (1). Your brain and heart are made up of around 73% water.

This is why you need to be well-hydrated for your brain to function effectively.

It aids with all our bodily functions, including waste removal, ensuring essential nutrients reach cells, regulates body temperature, and acts as a shock absorber for our brain and spinal cords, to name a few.

 

3) Meditate

Meditation is one of the most powerful tools you can practice to improve mindset, calm the mind, and combat anxiety & depression.

You can also use meditation to improve productivity at home during isolation. It’s a free task you can do anywhere at any time.

A study by David Frew in 1976, found that transcendental meditators claimed reported higher work satisfaction, improved performance, and better relationships with colleagues and managers. 

Read more about the benefits of meditation here. 

How to Meditate to Boost productivity from home

 

4) Exercise

Boost endorphins with your favourite exercise routine.

For home-based workouts, try yoga, dance, aerobics, or Zumba. There are lots of free resources online that you can follow online to get a good, fun workout in.

Exercise aids physical health, mental health, and improves productivity! (2) So what are you waiting for!?

 

5) Eat a Healthy Meal

As the old saying goes, “What you put in is what you get out.”

You’ve got the benefit of being home and having a kitchen to cook with instead of the small tea room and vending machines at work. Use it to your advantage and make something delicious and healthy for lunch and dinner.

Proper nutrition has been linked to higher levels of productivity and overall health (3). 

 

6) Clean up and Tidy

Take a leaf out of Marie Kondo’s book and tidy your space. “Once you are done tidying up, you will find it easier to keep your home – and mental space – clear and focused.”

By being surrounded only by the things that spark joy, your life naturally begins to achieve clarity. 

When you have a tidy space and a clear mind, you will have more mental space to focus on the things you really want to. 

Self Care to Boost Productivity at home

 

7) Self-care Practice

You can’t take more out than what you put in. This applies to your energy levels as well.

Take time to look after yourself. Ease the mind, reduce stress, and you will be ready to be productive.

Self-care can be anything from a relaxing face-mask or bath to sitting down with your journal or reading a book. Pick something you enjoy that will bring a positive feeling into your life and re-charge.

 

8) Create Something New

This is another fun one. Get creative!

Do something that sparks creativity in your life. Once you get into a flow state, you will find you naturally keep working at it, and your productivity will boom. 

Work on a project you have put down for a while, learn a new skill like a language, take an online course in something that interests you.

Paint, write, make jewellery, cook, build a website, design clothing online, knit, sew, macrame, make pretty wall art from toilet rolls.

You’re only limited by your imagination (and maybe some resources right now). But find something around the home you can work with and see where your mind takes you.

If you’re stuck for ideas, this post with 1000+ Recycled Crafts might provide some inspiration. 

 

9) Talk to Someone 

Good communication in workplace environments has been linked to greater productivity (4).

How can you achieve this to improve productivity at home when you’re isolated? Call or video chat with a friend or colleague. Whether it is a work or personal task, you want to work on, talk about it! 

Bounce ideas off someone with a similar interest to you.

Reach out to someone in the same field and ask questions about how you can start.

People love hearing about and talking about what they are passionate about. Talking to someone about your project will help get the ideas flowing.

Connect with others virtually to Improve Productivity at home

 

10) Be Kind to Yourself

Remember to be kind to yourself during this weird time at home.

Don’t feel pressured to get everything done and let yourself get bogged down in to-do lists. Enjoy the time you have. Take it day by day. 

If you’re feeling stressed, this post with 10 TED Talks about Managing Stress will help you understand how stress affects your mind and body plus tips on how to alleviate it.

 

Start with a Productivity List!

Print this list out or make your own pretty checklist version and put it somewhere in your home where you will see it every day as a reminder.

You can put it next to your bed to read when you wake up, in the living room, your home office, or on the fridge door. Anywhere you will see it regularly.

Customise each activity to suit you.

Do things you enjoy and make you feel good to create positive emotions. It has been found that happiness improves productivity (5).

It can be helpful to create a list of all the things you love or would love to do at home. You can turn to this list when you’re feeling unmotivated.

We’re all in the same boat, and we will get through this together. In the meantime, be grateful for the time you have and stay healthy. 

 


References

  1. https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/water-you-water-and-human-body?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0095454308000420
  3. https://fadep.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/D-16_HEALTH_WORKER_PRODUCTIVITY_ECONOMIC_GROWTH.pdf
  4. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/002194369303000101
  5. https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/681096
14 Productivity Quotes for Motivation

14 Productivity Quotes for Motivation

Productivity Quotes to help you Take Action Towards Your Goals

14 Productivity Quotes to Help You Take Action Towards Your Goals

January. That time of the year where everyone sets their New Year’s Resolutions and becomes excited about all the things they want to achieve throughout the coming year.

But, as many of us know, it’s not long before reality hits and the thought of change and taking action becomes a bit overwhelming. Often resulting in our goals being set aside and put in the “too hard” basket.

“Maybe, next year will be a better time…”

No. No. 2019 is your year and you CAN and you WILL do it!!

Taking consistent action towards your goals is the only thing that is going to get you there. But you must focus your attention on the right tasks and on a daily basis.

This is how you will start to see progress AND progress is a key indicator of productivity and happiness.

I hope these quotes help to inspire and motivate you to be more productive throughout your days to make your dreams a reality!

 

Motivation to Do It Now!

  1. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali
  2. “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.” – John F. Kennedy
  3. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
  4. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King
  5. “There’s a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you’ll never be successful.” -Shia LaBeouf
  6. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill

 

The Importance of Embracing Change

  1. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” -Charles Darwin
  2. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

 

Focus on Doing Impactful Work, not Doing More Work

  1. “It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.” – Nathan W. Morris
  2. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie
  3. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
  4. “Focus on being productive instead of busy.” – Tim Ferriss
  5. “Being busy means doing stuff, being productive means getting stuff done.” – Anonymous
  6. “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” -Stephen Covey

 

*BONUS* – Motivation to Keep Going!

  1. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale
  2. “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” – Michael Jordan
  3. “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer
  4. “Gratitude drives happiness. Happiness boosts productivity. Productivity reveals mastery. And mastery inspires the world.” – Robin Sharma

 

I hope that these Productivity Quotes have helped to light your fire within.

You set your goals for a reason. Now it’s time to follow through and take action on them, changing your life for the better.

Don’t lose hope. Everything and anything is possible as long as you just make the commitment and take consistent actions towards your goals. Even if it’s just a small step every day, you will get there.

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