Top Ten Tips For Staying Productive at Home

I will admit, it is quite nice listening to lectures in the comfort of my home, in pajamas of course! Before adjusting to the new routine with fully online courses, my first week wasn’t productive as I was in a “break” mindset. After some trial and error, I’ve come up with a list of 10 ways to stay productive during this quarantine.

1. Keep yourself accountable.

I had to remind myself that this isn’t a break, it’s working from home. Keep a calendar out with deadlines and assignments and cross them off as you complete them. I found it helpful to make a list of daily tasks with personal deadlines. This gives you a goal for the day and helps keep tasks manageable.

2. Clean your space.

A clear environment creates a clear mind. Organize, and get rid of clutter so that your mind is not focused on it when you are trying to get other things done.

3. Incorporate physical activity.

The gyms are closed, but that doesn’t mean exercise can’t happen. Go for a run or walk outdoors or do an at-home workout. I found some great workout routines under 25 minutes on Pinterest.

4. Prepare meals in batches.

Since it is important to practice social distancing during this time, take this opportunity to cook so that you don’t have to rely on ordering take out or delivery. It’s a healthier and cheaper option. Make a big batch today and eat for a week, or freeze some for next week.

5. Schedule Skype dates with friends and family.

Reserve a day and time each week to catch up with your loved ones virtually. Motivate yourself by seeing this as a reward for staying on task with your school work. More than ever, we need to have human interaction as part of our routine.

6. Keep your mind active!

Play board games with your roommates, or virtually with friends online. Scattergories, Codenames, and Skip-Bo are my favorite!

7. Take an online workshop to improve on a hobby or skill.

Shaw Academy offers free 4-week courses to learn a new skill or sharpen your knowledge. I recently signed up to learn Adobe Photoshop!

8. Set aside time to relax.

Read a nice book or watch your favorite show on Netflix, but don’t get too carried away!

9. Limit your leisure screen time to 2 hours a day.

House projects. Now that you’re home more often, take time to fix or rearrange items that were put on the back burner.

10. Get some rest!

Good sleep is essential to have a productive day. Use this time to establish a healthy sleep cycle so you can feel refreshed in the morning and get more done!

About the Writer

Hi, my name is Sapthalee (Lee for short). I’m a dietetics student in the Master’s program here at EMU. I am an intern at Eagle Nutrition Services this semester and work at Swoop’s Food Pantry. When I’m not studying, my favorite things to do are cooking, being active and spending time with friends and family.