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Four P’s to improving your productivity

For many employees, the shift to full-time remote work as a result of COVID-19 was chaotic, confusing and disorganized as there was little preparation for the transition as such many struggled (and still struggle) with being productive and getting visibility for the work they do. This is coupled by the increasing incidence of burn-out reported by remote workers. So how can you remain productive and reduce burnout? Here are four important tips

  1. Priorities

With work and life colliding in ways that we have never seen before and the increasing demand for your attention and those of your team, it is important to set priorities and focus on what is important. Have periodic (daily or weekly) check-ins with your line manager and team mates to clarify expectations and priorities.

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  1. Psychological and Physical Boundaries

Psychological and physical boundaries need to be established and strengthened so you are not constantly reminded of temptations around you or unfinished personal tasks that could compromise productivity. Demarcate a certain area of your home as your workspace to help you focus better and minimize distractions. Look for a place where you can concentrate. Make arrangements with family and other stakeholers to limit personal interruptions and distractions.

In the same vein you need to set time for work and time yourself and family. When it is time for the latter, put away your electronic devices and work tools. Keeping work reminders out of sight helps to keep work out of mind and helps you relax, recharge and have productive time for those you love.

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  1. Practice Self-Care

It is important that you are conscious and take care of your mental health. Productivity happens when you reduce your stress levels, so incorporate self-care into your daily routine and get daily outdoor time as much as possible. Research shows that spending time in nature lowers stress, helps you relax and clears your mind. After work hours, watch a movie, read a book or cook a fun meal whatever makes you happy and relaxed. It is important also that you keep your attitude in check. Your greatest power is your perspective. It can victimize you or empower you. When you look for the upside in a downside situation and figure out what you can control and what you can’t, it’s easier to accept whatever is beyond your control

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  1. Productivity Tools

It is important to incorporate the use of tech productivity tools that are relevant to your work. A few examples are:

  • Chat/Instant messaging: Whatsapp, Telegram
  • Video Conferencing: Google meet, Teams and Zoom
  • Collaboration tools: Slack, Google Docs
  • Project/Task management: Asana, Trello
  • Screen/Video Recording: Loom, Zoom


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