More than a year into the pandemic and working from home is still as challenging as when it was first introduced as an alternative. Even with the right equipment, staying productive is difficult. Most of it can be associated with how the line between work and personal life is becoming blurred. 


A great way to start and keep being productive is to plan and list the tasks for the day. This way, the progress is tracked and recorded. There is always a sense of achievement every time a task is deleted or crossed out. It’s a great motivation to see how much progress is happening. 


Even before the pandemic and having a work-from-home set-up, having no separate time for a personal life can take a toll on anyone. Now that home is where the work is, this distinction between work and personal hours becomes more blurred and indistinguishable. Work hours are expanded, and personal time is sometimes, though unconsciously, non-existent. It’s important to keep those two separate and respected. Continuous working can cause burnout, which then can make a person lazy and unproductive. 


Just like how a kitchen is a place for cooking, the dining table is where people eat, and the bedroom is for sleeping and relaxing, it’s important to have a space dedicated to work. Creating a physical space just for a work area can then create a headspace where it’s “time to work” if you’re in this place. 


Working alongside a co-worker can be viewed as a distraction by some. However, because of the current situation where human interaction is minimized as much as possible, co-working online can be beneficial. It can encourage some sort of normalcy. Talking to someone or knowing that someone is on the other line can be comforting. This act of co-working can also promote competition and encouragement among colleagues.