5 tips to sustain business productivity during social distancing.

Article by Alyssa Alipan

Working from home sounds great, right? Maybe you will spend the day in bed cradling your laptop, maybe you can work outside for a little bit and catch some rays and finally, maybe now you can sleep in because you won’t sit stagnant in horror peak hour traffic. 

However, is this really the best way to continue both your overall productivity and happiness?

Our team has researched the best international practices for the new ad-hoc working climate we are currently faced with.

1. 'Go' to work.

One of the best things about weekends is staying in bed, reading through twitter with a cup of coffee in hand and pyjamas on. There is, however, a reason this should be reserved for weekends and weekends only.  

During this time the best way to maximise productivity is to continue to ‘go’ to work. Wake up, splash some water on your face and get ready for work. You can cheat a little, no high-heels or ties are necessary, but try to keep up with your work routine to make sure you feel refreshed and ready for the day!

To ensure you can focus on the task at hand try to create an office environment. Find a comfortable chair, sit in a well-lit room, and ensure there are no distracting noises around. This may be a good excuse to buy those new AirPods you’ve always wanted!

2. Don’t isolate… just distance.

Just because you have to distance yourself from your co-workers physically does not mean you have to isolate yourself from the world completely. Luckily, we don’t have to rely on carrier pigeons to deliver our correspondence with one another. By utilising technology to facilitate group chats, meetings and plain old check-ins you can cultivate a fun online community. Give apps like Zoom, Facetime, Trello or Slack a try.

Although breaks at home may be different from sitting in the office lunchroom, alternatives such as remote binge-watching and bookclubs allow for both you and your colleagues to socialise and catch up on the new pop culture favourites.

3. Choose your periphery.

Although this sounds surprising, it’s pretty easy to get carried away with your work and not realise when your office hours are over. Therefore, it is important to set boundaries for your unusual workdays. 

Try not to work overtime, have a dedicated work-space and clean up your make-shift office at the end of the day. A way to survive the Monday to Friday (and maybe now Sunday) blues is to draw a line between your work time and space and your home time and space. 

4. Be a working role model.

This is a rare time in history where you may get to spend all day, every day, with your kids with no potential escape routes. Although it’s hard to set this particular boundary, it’s important that your kids can see you working, succeeding and continuing business as usual. 

Be transparent with your kids and explain the reason for your current situation and why you might be present but not actually ‘there’ for them at some points in the day. 

And of course, make sure there are plenty of fun activities in the house.

5. Focus on self-care.

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