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HOW TO STAY PRODUCTIVE DURING LOCKDOWN

Yagmur Kulcur

Whether you are a student or an employee working from home during the lockdown, you may have experienced a reduction in your productivity. This is perfectly normal. In fact, many people are experiencing the same thing. This is maybe because you are used to working from your office, or studying in the library at school. Eventually we all got somewhat used to working from home, but there are ways to stay even more motivated and spend your time efficiently.


As previously said, you are not the only one experiencing this. Psychologists report having an increment in their clients who are feeling stressed about working in isolation. Even those who have a strong mentality struggle adapting to this new lifestyle. Some find it hard to concentrate when there is uncertainty about their future and the economy, whereas others are benefiting from the facility of working in isolation. If your accomplishment is to resemble the latter, it is crucial to remind yourself that even the most successful ones are going through the same challenges as you are.


Changing your lifestyle is not easy, but there are steps you can take to expedite the process. For instance, if what motivates you after a busy day is a glass of wine with your favorite tv show, have it! Know how to reward yourself. If what you lack is a social life at the moment, have an online aperitivo with your friends. These little things will give you something to look forward to at the end of the day. Try organizing your home office, make it neat, and get rid of all your distractions. Most importantly, keep your expectations at the lowest. Think about those who had a cut in their salary, or those millions of people who got furloughed and had a family to maintain. Remind yourself to be grateful and try to stay positive the whole time. 


 If all the options mentioned above were not satisfying enough, you know that we all have our deadlines approaching. So, when the big day comes you may need to pull an all-nighter. Hence, you will understand that procrastination does not get you anywhere. Being productive one day, and laying on your bed the other three days may not be the optimal schedule for a productive person. In my opinion, what leads us to success is time and consistency. In the end, I ask you: Was Rome built in a day?