David’s top tips for being productive at home
I’ve been having real difficulty concentrating whilst working at home. I find it hard to start tasks, my eyes are sore, a 5-day week feels daunting and I feel anxious when I don’t complete the tasks I planned to do. I miss going to work!
At the Graduate School Drop-In today, we talked to a PhD student about concentration and productivity. We came up with a few practical ideas that I thought I’d share with you:
- Try to accept that this isn’t a normal situation and you might not be as productive as normal. It doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong,
- If it’s not working – stop. Don’t stare at the screen getting anxious – walk away, do something else and then try again later or try doing something else,
- Take regular breaks – maybe aim to work for 45 minutes in each hour and then give yourself permission to stop,
- Change your routine or location – find the times and places that you’re most productive in at different times. If you’re not able to concentrate at the kitchen table, try sitting somewhere else. I take a day or half day off each week to create less daunting chunks of time,
- Look after yourself. Make sure you’re eating well, drinking enough water, staying active and getting enough sleep. There are lots of online resources and guidance on these – I’ve just linked to an example of each.