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Staying Productive During this Time of Uncertainty

Written by Tarini Agrawal- Marketing Subcommittee Member

This past month has shaken many of us to the core. We never expected to witness a global pandemic during our lifetime. Many of us were uprooted from college, our 9-5 job, freedom, and most importantly, a sense of comfort. To take the necessary precautions to flatten the curve, we now have to work from a home- an environment that we often associate with relaxation, tranquility, and security. We’ve taken our jobs, school work, and internships all home with us. Staring at a screen for 24 hours a day is not ideal. I’ll admit, amongst all this chaos, it’s hard. It’s hard to get work done. It’s hard to learn. And, it’s hard to be productive. Here are 6 tips that have helped me stay productive for Symposium, classes, and now finals season at home:

1. Have a set schedule

Create a daily schedule for yourself! Detailing your tasks for your day and checking them off as you complete them is a great technique to stay organized. Also, having a set sleeping schedule helps a ton. Trust me, staying awake until you hear birds chirping does not feel good. 

2. Designate a workspace

Mixing work with relaxation is difficult. However, having a designated work area helps create that needed barrier to focus. Your brain will associate that designated area with work and your brain will tend focus while sitting in that area. However, make sure to stay away from that area when you’re not working and are done for the day!

3. Utilize The Pomodoro method

People swear by the Pomodoro method, rightfully so. This method helps you stay focused while making sure you’re taking those much-needed breaks. All you have to do is, set a timer for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. After four 25-minute sessions, take a break that’s 15 to 30 minutes. 

4. Get moving

For many people, walking to class and moving around the office gets the juices flowing. Make sure to get moving while working from home too! Take a walk during your breaks, squeeze in a quick home workout, have a de-stressor dance party! Creating a mobile workspace may help you concentrate better!

5. Get ready for the day

During this time of change, try to incorporate some routine into your day. Take the time to go about your normal morning routine, take a shower, eat breakfast, and get dressed for the day. Changing out of your pajamas, putting on some make-up, and wearing some work clothes can make a huge difference in your productivity levels. 

6. Touch base with people 

Not seeing your classmates, work buddies, and friends is hard. Keeping in touch through facetime, zoom, house party, etc. can be beneficial to maintain a source of contact with the outside world. Take the time to let your loved ones know how much they mean to you!

I hope these tips are helpful! This is a time of uncertainty calling for massive adjustment. I want to emphasize that it is okay if productivity looks different this season. Your self-worth is not measured through how productive you are!

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