HOW I STAY PRODUCTIVE, AS A REMOTE WORKER.

Solid morning routine.

As Lemony Snicket once said, “Morning is an important time of day because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” A healthy morning routine sets you up for the day. iI wake up at 5.30 a.m, Pray, Manifest, work out Shower, and at 7.00 a.m I will be on my desk writing on my medium blog. This is my routine it enables me to prepare for the day i.e meetings or chats way beforehand. Just like everyone else on social media, my morning routine is my way of commanding my day and to a larger extent my week. The routine has been more powerful than a clock at helping me get started each day. Mundane tasks like dressing up, making a cup of tea and sitting at my desk indicate that I’m about to start work hence shifting from the lazy morning vibe to a corporate professional space that is needed for me to concentrate.

Time management.

Softwares like Toggl aid in time management. Toggle helps to measure the amount of time spent on a certain project or task. It not only tells you how to spend time but puts you on a time crunch that fosters productivity. The time crunch in my opinion keeps me grounded. It steers away distractions like checking on Instagram or Tiktok.

Schedule Breaks

I take 10-minute breaks after every 3 hours. After every hour, I stand up for five minutes. These have been crucial to my concentration. The latter is good for aiding in blood circulating and in keeping my eyes off the screen. My advice would be, if you work for an organization, know the policy on break times and take them. If you’re self-employed, give yourself adequate time during the day to walk away from the computer screen and phone. Don’t wander too far or reach for your phone, this in my experience has been destruction instead of a break.

Keep a Dedicated Office Space

I choose to have my desk in the living room next to my very big windows. For the obvious reason of letting light in. I choose the living room because my bedroom is my resting place and I wasn’t going to bring work into that space. According to an article by NBC News, In an ideal world, remote employees would have not only a dedicated office but also two computers, one for work and one for personal use. It’s more secure for the employer, and the employee. But not everyone has a spare room to use as an office in their home, and keeping two machines isn’t always realistic…

Dress up to feel professional.

As I have mentioned, I do dress up for work daily. Sometimes I do go the extra mile and apply makeup. This boosts up my mood and really kicks in the work mode. Dressing up daily is important to me as it also makes use of my clothes. Can you believe that in 2020 I made us of only 1/3 of my closet?

Set clear and concise Boundaries.

I don’t take any work calls neither do I look at emails past 6.00 p.m. This might seem like such a stretch to some but the nature of my job requires this of me. After 6.00 p.m however, you will certainly not find me in front of my laptop let alone scheming through emails.

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Mukanda Maombola

Mukanda Maombola

Vegan,foodie,stylist,empath, Femininst, Meninist