By the time that you read this, you’re probably already entering your third month of staying at home. We all have to deal with one common experience- BOREDOM. It’s getting harder every day to become productive since we still find ourselves stuck at home.
The pandemic changed a lot of our daily habits, and undeniably also forced us to develop new ones at home. We don’t even begin to notice doing these until someone tells us or realize it after some time.
Here’s one good example of a forced habit (for some people this happens on a weekend, but some may even find themselves doing it every day)~
Instead of waking up at 5 or 6am, you regularly wake up at around 7 or 8am in the morning since you don’t have any plans of going out anymore. After you get off your bed, you prepare and eat your breakfast calmly. The first thing that you do is to pick up your mobile phone. You scroll on your social media news feed page until you don’t find anything interesting to read anymore. Once you get bored, you take a bath first and prepare your meal for lunch.
While eating, you go back to your social media news feed while you scroll through your social media feed. After you finish your lunch, you look for a movie to watch online until it’s time for you to prepare dinner. After dinner, you end up watching more movies again, until you fall asleep.
Although you’ve already developed a different set of habits, you should also realize that what you’re doing is NOT PRODUCTIVE.
Never too late to still turn things around
There’s still time for you to change whatever bad habits you developed. A good suggestion from experts is to include an activity that will help you grow as a person and employee. For example, you could always learn or improve your existing skills.
First, you should keep an open mind and carefully track your activities during the day. Do it until you get to have a week’s worth of information about what you do on a daily basis. Then you can begin the process of elimination- cross out the activities that you see as counterproductive or bad habits.
Then you can highlight all the things that you see as productive habits. This should be activities that can help you improve as an employee such as engaging in a typing exercise. It could be as simple as improving your typing skills or improving your English speaking skills. The power of habit is to start doing it daily until you develop and improve new skills. Learn the best practices in what you do and apply it so it can help you become a better person. If you used to average only 20 words per minute in typing, aim higher by reaching for 50 words per minute.
Use boredom to your advantage by doing new things every day.
Remember, the goal here is to introduce a new practice in your routine. Do not try to incorporate more than one activity per day. One activity is enough for now. The important thing is to do it even for a few minutes a day.
Stick with a schedule each day to perform your activity. For example, if you work in sales, when you wake up in the morning, you can start watching a ten-minute video on how to increase your sales. Does it sound too good to be true? Yes. But technology has paved the way for us to learn just with a few clicks. All you need to do is look for it on the internet and there are experts who were kind enough to share their successful practices.
Only engage in one activity for now. Do one small thing per day in order to make it attainable. Once you develop a single habit, it will help you become better person each day.
We hope that this article helps you use your remaining time and energy during the quarantine to make yourself a better person.
Written by Oliver Villaverde for PhilJobNet