COVID-19 is forcing millions of people across the world to work from home. During the initial stages of global lockdown, around 75% of people shifted their work away from offices.
Now that lockdowns are lifting and restrictions easing, millions of people are still choosing to work from home. Others are asked to do so by cautious businesses, uncertain of the future of the pandemic. In the UK, there are many employers not yet demanding their employees return to the office. Instead, they are increasingly adopting distributed working models, which combine working from home and in-office meetings.
Another lockdown with heavy restrictions is still possible, as the pandemic continues to take its toll around the world. Whether this happens or not, a substantial number of people now find themselves working from home for the foreseeable future. So, does this help their productivity?
There are, of course, pros and cons to working from home. Some people find that it makes them more productive, while others miss the camaraderie and in-person contact of offices. However, even those who are productive while working from home may find it takes a toll on their mental health. The more work that gets completed, the more mentally exhausted people are. It can also be much more difficult to switch off when your office is also your living space.
Families with children often find it extremely difficult to balance home working with home schooling and other tasks. For others, the biggest challenge can be feeling isolated and unsupported. All of which is why it’s important to take steps to mitigate the stress working from home takes on you.
The simplest trick to improving focus is to set up a separate area just for your home office. You will instantly feel ready for work when you use it and can choose to stay away from it when you’re not working.
Depending on the size of your living space, try setting up a few different work areas. This can boost focus because you have a change of scenery. It also helps posture because you’re forced to change position.
Follow social distancing and mask wearing to minimise your chances of catching COVID-19 when you’re out and about. But there are steps you can take to help you ward off other respiratory illnesses too. If you can keep yourself free of colds and flu as well as COVID-19, you will be stronger. One way to stimulate your immune system is to take an elderberry supplement. A 2019 study shows that elderberry can reduce upper respiratory symptoms in cold and flu cases. It’s also an antioxidant and alternative practitioners say it minimises the risk of cancer and heart disease.
When working at home it can be tempting to roll out of bed and head to your desk. But if you keep to a routine that includes dressing for work it will help you switch modes.
In exactly the same way as you would in an office, have a written. Planning out your work week will help you manage your workload without it running into your ‘home time.
Nootropic supplements enhance cognitive function and can be any synthetic or natural substance that can positively impact mental skills. We would always advise a natural nootropic without stimulants, such as Hunter Focus.
One of the simplest changes we can all make is the food we eat. Take the time to plan nutritionally balanced meals at the start of the week and this will stop you grabbing snacks along the way. Select foods that are known to boost energy and concentration and stay away from sugary drinks and processed food. This one tip can do much to give you a clear focus and increase productivity.