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While the coronavirus pandemic is intensifying with each passing day, working from home has become a new normal for most of the employees. Thus, we need to upskill in terms of time management. This may be the first experience of working from home for some and it comes with its own set of advantages and challenges.
Working from home saves on commuting time and accords choice of working conditions, but at the same time, it becomes problematic to professional and personal while working remotely. It is challenging to keep up the productivity as there is a distinct possibility of taking things a little too easy when working from home.
Effective time management is essential if one wants to continue meeting deadlines when working from home. Here are some tips on how to effectively manage your time during this lockdown:
1. Set a schedule
Try and maintain some semblance of structure from the pre-quarantine days. Wake up and go to bed around the same time, eat meals, shower, adapt your exercise regimen, and get out of your PJ’s as you normally do before the lockdown.
Have a calendar to keep track of your daily activities. Your calendar should include days and time. Make an attempt to stick to your daily schedule by setting an alarm so you do not spend more than the allocated time for each activity. This way, you will be able to stay on track.
2. Avoid multitasking and micro-tasking
Try not to perform more than one task or activity at a time. Many people think they can do multiple things at once but there are downsides to it. When you multitask or micro-task, assignments take longer to get done because each time you come back to an assignment, you have to get familiar with it, find your spot and remember what you were going to do next. You are also more likely to make mistakes and remember less because switching between tasks tires out the brain and you’re less able to commit what you’re learning to long-term memory.
3. Take ‘in-between’ breaks
It’s also a good idea to have a list of ‘in-between’ tasks. There may be some minor work, which may take 10 minutes or fewer to complete, and that can fit in your day. This may include small household chores. Figure them out and take them up as work allows.
4. Set aside time for breaks and lunch
You can plan out the day by establishing when throughout the day you are going to eat. You can set up a time for these and try to finish them in the allotted time.
Remember, this is temporary, and things will get back to normal. Until then, take a deep breath, do your best, get some rest, and continue to stay safe!