So, your classes are now online. Here are five ways to stay productive during the coronavirus lockdown.
Due to the recent coronavirus developments, colleges have shifted to a remote class format. This means we can now work at home from the comfort of our bed. When compared to the recent troubles of the world, wearing pajamas and being snuggled up in a blanket may not sound like a bad idea. That is until the procrastination and isolation sinks in.
Here’s a list of five ways to stay productive during the coronavirus lockdown.
Find your space
Location is everything. Usually, the typical go-to spot would be a coffee shop or the library due to their studious vibes, but even those are now compromised. Find a spot you can claim as yours. Make sure few distractions are present and ensure it allows for some quiet time. This can look like a desk in a bedroom, a kitchen table, a study room or an office space.
If you don’t have a space that you can claim as solely yours, consider creating your own little work area by changing some things in your environment. Invest in a laptop desk, some noise cancelling headphones and ask those around you to keep the distractions at bay. You now have a soundproof study area in the comfort of your own bed.
Create a schedule
If there was ever a time to use that 2019-20 planner, it’s now. At the start of each week, take the extra time to lay out everything you’ll have to do.
You no longer just have to account for assignments, but online class schedules, Zoom calls and extra follow-ups. Assign various tasks to each day, utilizing all your favorite highlighters and gel pens. But be sure to stick to your timeline!
Also be sure to create a schedule strictly devoted to work. Maybe on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays work from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then on Tuesdays and Thursdays work from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Create a schedule that works for you, but remember, allowing for an effective work flow is the goal.
Enhance your communication
One of the most difficult parts of working from home is communication. We’ve gone from having face-to-face presentations, group projects and lectures to being completely virtual. As if that wasn’t enough, the shift came rather suddenly.
Effective ways of communication during this virtual time include email, texting, phone calls and video chat. My personal favorite is video chat, because you still get to see the face of the person you’re speaking with while having an easy stream of conversation.
It’s also vital to ask questions and speak up. With everything switching to an online format, we need to step up and search for clarity. If you’re in a class where you’re confused about an assignment, but you won’t see your professor the following day in the classroom as usual, send them an email. Explain the situation and ask to video chat.
Starting off your day with a bit of exercise can get you feeling energized and ready to tackle all of your responsibilities.
Head over to Youtube and find a yoga, kickboxing, or zumba class. Or maybe download a workout app like Nike Training.
Getting your body off that couch will surely help you to stay moving and productive during this time.
Find a buddy
I consider myself an introvert, but even as someone who enjoys alone time, working from home with no social interaction can be isolating.
Some of us have been sent home at this point, while a few of us are still living with roommates. Whatever the situation may be, seek out those who you’re currently living with. Make your mom, brother, roommate, and so on your new best buddy.
Have a coffee date by making some warm drinks, putting on some jazz music and chipping away at work. Or maybe have them quiz you for that upcoming online test.
Your new buddy isn’t only perfect for holding you accountable, but also for talking about any concerns you may be having about the current situation. They are also great for binge-watching that latest Netflix show. The best part is, you won’t have to compromise your health to have some in-person relationships, because they’re already right there with you!
This sudden switch to online classes can seem overwhelming and demanding, but with the right measures in place, you can be productive while simultaneously enhancing that human interaction we all desire.