Time Management- Coronavirus Edition

With the easing up of lockdown restrictions in most of the states, people have started going back to work keeping in mind the safety measures of wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing. But the majority of people are still working from home. It may be the safest and more preferred choice of working, but one of the most common obstacles in its way is time management. After almost five months at home now, it is normal for everyone to have irregular work timings, delay in reporting, and no balance between work and personal life. Here are a few ways in which you can manage your time productively and make time for your own self as well in these unusual times-

  1. Make a to-do list- As cliched as it may sound, making a to-do list does help in proper time management throughout the day. It organises your schedule in a way that things don’t seem too much and are manageable. Always start with listing the longer and more difficult tasks first as doing them with a fresh mind will speed up the process. Keeping yourself organised and in sync with your tasks will keep you happy and will keep up your motivation levels.
  2. Take breaks- Going by the principle of working all day with only one or two breaks in between will only lower your productivity and increase your frustration levels, you will also take much longer to complete a task. Taking regular short interval breaks in between your work will help in keeping you pacified and you will find yourself completing a task in lesser time. Listen to some music, meditate or do whatever makes you happy. These small breaks act as recharging capsules for you to keep moving forward and also give a chance to make time for yourself.
  3. Divide your tasks into allocated time periods- Following this strategy will keep you organised and will ensure completion of work in the given time. Plan your day in such a way that you can manage both your work tasks and your personal life as well, allocate specific time periods to different tasks and make sure you follow up on that. Setting boundaries for your work time and personal time is an important principle to be followed especially right now during remote working as these boundaries can easily be blurred ultimately making everything chaotic and stressful.
  4. Set up a workspace- Choose a home space that works for you. Having a designated space for working will keep you away from unwanted distractions, you will be able to manage your work in a better way and it will also keep up the efficiency of your work. Keep your surroundings clean and organised as that will keep up the positivity levels.
  5. Self-Reinforcement- Praising and rewarding yourself has greater benefits than you realise. Self-reinforcement acts as a motivating and guiding force for you to keep on going and keep working. So, recognise your efforts and understand the purpose behind your work, it will help you in working more efficiently and timely. While operating in these strange times, reinforcing yourself from time to time is very important and necessary for good mental health and more positivity.
  6. Follow a routine- A person with a set routine for the day will be ten times more likely to manage their time efficiently than a person who doesn’t follow a routine throughout the day. It ensures consistency, higher energy levels, more positivity and in turn better management of work. In these unusual times, maintaining a routine can keep one occupied and bring a sense of normality for everyone.

Understanding the importance of time management in these testing times is the need of the hour. As remote working is becoming the new workplace norm, establishing a balance between professional life and personal life is needed now more than ever. Giving time to oneself and switching off from work is very important to ensure good mental health and considering the situation we are in right now, being aware of it is very crucial. A few small changes in daily life can help in managing time efficiently and can keep one is good spirits.

(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of HelloPost.)

Contributed by Kriti Sinha, a student of Kamala Nehru College, Delhi University pursuing Psychology and Human Resource Management. She regularly posts articles about various issues on her blog- Reflections. You can find her on Instagram @reflections_1818

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