Emotional Intelligence

Today we will be learning about a very interesting topic which is very close to my heart – emotional intelligence.

Well emotional intelligence is something which is related to managing and balancing your own emotions.

So let’s see what’s in store for today .Today we will be going through the concept of emotional intelligence .We will be learning the meaning what exactly is emotional intelligence we and will be learning the three skills of emotional intelligence.

Few questions that might come to your mind

What are the skills required?

How does emotional intelligence make a difference in your lives?

Emotional intelligence is also known as EI or EQ.It started in the year 1990 by two gentlemen in very intelligent gentlemen called Peter Salovey and John Mayell . They were the psychologists who studied psychology back in 1980s and then they came up with this concept called emotional intelligence after doing a lot of research.

According to Dictionary,the meaning of emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of control and express one’s emotions and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathically.

It simply means when you are able to control and balance your own emotions in a way when you can decide whatever you are feeling and you heart is actually right or wrong even if it’s anger or any kind of rage or anxiety is it right to feel that particular emotion in that particular situation so that is actually being emotionally intelligent right now.

We will see what are the skills required how can you actually be emotionally intelligent .

So what are the three skills required ?

Skill # 1

The first skill is well you need to identify and name your own emotion you should be able to name your emotion and identify and label it.

For example if you’re feeling angry but you feel that you’re not very sure whether it’s anger whether it’s depression whether it’s anxiety that means you do not really have the skill to know how you’re feeling so knowing and identifying is the first step the feeling the emotion.

Skill # 2

The second skill is the ability to harness those emotion and apply them on your day-to-day routine.That means now once you label your own emotion , you address them and now you have to apply in your day-to-day routine. How will you do that by solving your own problems is by taking judicious decisions and apply in your personal and professional lives.

Skill # 3

The third skill is the ability to manage emotions , for example regulating your own emotion and also understanding the emotion of the other person. So emotional intelligence doesn’t just limit yourself to understand your own emotions but also extends itself to understand somebody else’s emotions as well.

So if you understand these three skills , you are 50% there.

Let’s see what’s ahead of this now.How does emotion intelligence actually affect our day-to-day routine day-to-day lives ?

The first thing over here is emotional intelligence can lead us on the path to a fulfilled and happy life , that means one once we are able to understand our own emotions we’ll be happier as well as satisfied and content in our lives . For example if you are frustrated , you know that you are frustrated and that’s how you’ll be able to decide how to come out of that frustration

Secondly emotional intelligence can make your career if you are emotionally intelligent at work.

You will be smarter and you’ll be able to balance your own emotions and control them in a professional environment.

For example if you are feeling angry on your colleague or on your boss or any of your subordinate , if you are not emotionally intelligent you would vent out your anger there. However ,if you are an emotionally intelligent person you would know that I do not have to actually vent out my anger on my colleague or on my boss at that particular moment .

So what should I do ?

I need to think about it first if my anger is right or not and then decide what you have to do you to be in control of your emotions.

Finally emotional intelligence can actually save your life .

Now you must be wondering how it can save your life ?

I’m sure it must be very surprising for you to know this fact but yes it is completely true well there are times when you are feeling those negative emotions like anxiety,sadness and you’re being upset or anything.

What people usually do is they kind of suppress their emotions.Suppressing your emotions is the worst thing you can ever do because that’s how you go into a shell . Infact you are depressing yourself even more. You’re getting into a black hole where you don’t know how to get out of it.

If you are emotionally intelligent you know how to control your negative emotions and you’ll be more healthier and more positive

At the end I would like to conclude by saying it is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence,it is not the triumph of heart over head . It is the unique intersection of both.

A very interesting fact at the end we realize that it is not about thinking from your mind or thinking from your heart and which one is better however it is always a combination of both heart and your mind that will lead you towards success.

5 Soft Skills You Will Need To Grow & Be Successful In Your Career

You’re known at your workplace for being the best at your job; you probably have scored the highest marks in your college but it means so little, if you don’t have the skills that you need, what I mean here is, do you have the skill of teamwork? Some of the most important professional skills can’t really be taught in the classroom, and these skills are called soft skills and they’re more crucial to get you recruited than you think.

So what are soft skills? Well unlike hard skills, these skills cannot be measured, but they can be proved. So some examples of soft skills include, “verbal and written communication”, “teamwork” and “leadership”. So one reason that soft skills are so important is that they are the key to building relationships, gaining reputation and creating more opportunities for you to develop your relationships. So today I’m going to tell you what are some crucial soft skills to get you hired or to accelerate your career goals.

Now the first crucial skill to take your career to the next level is communication. Let me explain this further,let’s look at why we need communication, so both written and verbal communication skills are very important in the workplace because, (a) they help you create a positive image,second, they improve your chances of building relationships with your coworkers and (c) communication skills boost your performance,so whether it’s at your workplace or in your college or in your department, you are going to boost your performance if your communication is strong. Now let’s look at why employers look for this skill, so of course workers are more productive when they know how to communicate with each other. It’s very simple if you can clearly express the “who, what,when, why, where and how” of a project you’ll be a hot ticket, which means you’ll be much in demand. So this is my suggestion, you must develop your verbal and written communication but you must be thinking what are the ways to do that? So now I’m going to suggest to you some tips to gain this crucial skill,so the first thing that you can do is you can probably join a public speaking workshop where you get an opportunity to speak publicly and gain your confidence.

Okay the second thing that you could do is,apart from speaking you also need to be an active listener. So active listening is when you wait until the other person has finished speaking and really listen to what they are saying before you jump in. so this is a very important and often overlooked skill of communication.

So I’d suggest that you listen carefully and try public speaking workshops. But that’s not it lastly you can also learn to monitor your body language, which means to develop your ability to communicate non-verbally.

So this can mean maintaining good eye contact while talk talking, nodding while you’re listening and a firm handshake when you’re leaving.

Now the other crucial skill to take your career to the next level is, “teamwork”.

So why do you need teamwork? Well you need it because no one person doing everything by himself or herself, can make a project successful. So success is obviously the result of many people working together to achieve a common goal. So therefore when employers want to hire employees, they really look for the skill of teamwork. The reason for this is because good teamwork spirit improves the culture of the office and it improves the office environment, due to which many people stay in the organization and top talent comes to them.

So, now we know that teamwork is a very important skill to take your career to the next level, but what are the ways to gain the skill? So the first thing that you could do is, lend a hand, which means to help someone when you see a friend or classmate or a co-worker in need. So you could offer help by saying, “hey, I know you have a ton on your plate, how can I help?” this small gesture can help you a lot to develop your team spirit skills. okay the next one would be to say it would be another way to build the skill is by offering a cover for a colleague which means that if someone’s on a vacation and you need to cover for them,before they ask you it’s better that you walk to them and say, “hey, it looks like you’re going on an annual leave, well have fun, but do you need help with your cover?” great,so this way you can display your spirit of teamwork. And the third way of being a team player is to take responsibility for your actions. So that means whenever you’ve made a mistake, rather than putting the blame on someone else you should accept it and say that yes I did it, and this is a very good point to be a good team worker. So these are my three tips for you to gain the skill of team spirit in order to take your career to the next level. Now the next crucial skill to escalate your career is, “adaptability”.

So adaptability means the ability to adapt,which I think simply means to be flexible.

So now the question is, why do you need to be flexible? So it’s because things don’t always go as planned, isn’t it? When you plan something it doesn’t always work. So the better thing is instead of grumbling and complaining about how things are not turning up as you wanted, the best thing is to find alternate solutions and this is what good leaders do,they find solutions to problems and not increase the problem.

So why do employers look for this skill? Well it’s because the speed of change in any organization is so fast that employees need to adapt to the changes in the organization. So well, the way to gain this skill is to push yourself, that’s how you can be flexible and you can adapt to the changes. so to be an early adopter of change, for example adapting to technology without moaning is crucial, so people can see you as someone who’s capable of meeting new challenges or if you’re in your college another way would be to attend training sessions to learn new things about your area of study so you can display that you are quick to learn and you love to be flexible and adapt new changes.

So this is how you can develop the third skill which I have spoken to you about today which is adaptability. Now another critical skill for your career is, “problem-solving” so the reason you need this skill is because when something goes wrong, you can either complain about it or take action and of course it’s taking action that will get you noticed.

So knowing how to think on your feet, which means, to think of quick solutions or to make decisions very quickly. This is a very important skill when it comes to being an important part of an organization. So why do employers look for it? The reason for this is very simple because companies face many problems every day and they need solvers and these solvers a-k-a that top performers, their performance help them to sail through unexpected challenges.


So the best way to gain this skill is to always approach your boss with a solution, not a problem… this is how you become a problem solver. so when an issue arises, sit down and think through how you’re going to solve it before bringing it to your boss’s attention and he will definitely appreciate your effort to solve the problem even before bringing it. Our final skill that I’m gonna discuss with you to take your career to the next level is, “critical thinking”, so why do you need this skill? Well critical thinking is essential to bring new ideas in the workplace.

Critical thinking means to think about the positives and the negatives of every idea and employees need to be able to think about this to be better problem solvers as we discussed in the previous step and this skill will make you successful no matter what your job is.

So now how to develop your critical thinking skills? well I think the only way to develop it is by learning, so find ways to learn…you could read the news every day, you could read books, you could discuss non-work issue with your friends and family members, the reason you could do this is to generate ideas because when you discuss problems with others you’re able to brainstorm new ideas and this will help your critical thinking processes.

So this brings us to the end of our blog and today you have learned the top skills that can take your career to the next level.So try to use these strategies that I’ve shared with you and tell me how these strategies have helped you, this is how you gain soft skills. So let me know what you felt about this blog in your comments and which of these skills is most relevant to you.

Time Management-Your guide to success

Hey folks,hope all of you are doing great!

In continuation of my blog posts on 8th May 2020 pertaining to 7 steps to effective time management, I have penned a few more thoughts that came to my mind.

Step 1 – Get organized

Step one regards organization, which involves making a list of daily tasks, listing them in order of priority, and ticking them off when finished. It is better to start small and build a routine that works for you. Take a note about which activity consumes the most time and ask yourself if it is relevant.

Avoid multi-tasking,you’ll end up not doing anything constructive.

Step 2 – Set a goal

Step two requires the individual to ask himself what it is he would like to achieve and how it might look.

Step 3 – Take help of technology

Step three is the incorporation of technology into a business. The latter could involve replacing physical meetings with video confereneing, long emails and instant messaging.

Step 4 – Delegation & outsourcing

Step four is delegation and outsourcing

Look at your list of business goals and activities; identify what you will not be able to do and what takes valuable time

Step 5-Handling emails

Step five is to set aside 20 to 30 minutes slots in the daily schedule for emails – prioritizing the important messages to folders and flags and replying according to the level of importance

Step 7-Stop procrastinating

Step seven, is to curb procrastination. To do this, individuals must ensure that they organise their priorities and remain focused on their goal and breaking down large tasks to smaller, more manageable chunks

Step 8-Take action & review

Step eight is to take action and review. If you feel you are not getting the results you want regardless of how hard you push – then it’s time to pause, reflect, and take a look at what is working and what needs to be changed

7 steps to effective time management

Time is a difficult thing to manage.
For most people, there is never enough time to accomplish the things we want to do at work and home. Being an effective time manager allows you to get better results in both your personal and professional world, handle stress better and live a more fulfilling life.

Here are some strategies to follow to improve your time management skills.

Start each day with crystal clear focus

The first activity of each day should be to figure out what you want to accomplish that day . Do this before checking email or starting any other task.It takes only a few minutes of daily focus to create a plan of attack, but it can save hours of wasted time proceeding without one.

Create a detailed task list

List the tasks and activities you must do that day and update the list regularly as new tasks arise. The list should be your daily guide. As you find yourself wondering what to do next, refer to your list to stay on track.

Focus on tasks that will make the most impact

Determine what task or activity would have the most positive effect or impact. Resist the temptation to complete smaller, less urgent items first. Start with what is most important!

To help you assess which activities to focus on first, ask yourself the following questions:

What task or activity needs my attention right now?
What task would cause the biggest problem if I didn’t do it today?

Minimize interruptions

The more time you can find during the day to work on important tasks without interruptions, the more effective you’ll be. Identify the things,or sometimes people, that interrupt your work and find solutions to minimize them.
Once your concentration and focus has been broken, it can be difficult to re-establish. Train yourself to work on a single task until it’ s complete.

Stop procrastinating

If you have a hard time staying focused or tend to procrastinate often, create task reminders in your calendar.Brian Tracy said in his book “Eat That Frog” that it can be very effective to complete the most unpleasant tasks early in the day. He believes this can help keep you motivated, stop procrastination and help you be more productive all day.

Limit multi-tasking

While many people believe multi-tasking is effective, studies show that our brain can’t focus effectively on more than one task at a time. To limit multi-tasking, use block scheduling during the day, setting aside specific times for meetings, working at your desk and answering emails and calls.

Prepare for the next day

Spend a few minutes at the end of the day preparing for the next day. At work, tidy up your desk so when you arrive the next morning yesterday’s problems aren’t there to greet you. It’s a motivator to start the day with an organized desk.

Best of luck ! I am sure that you all should be able to manage your time in an efficient manner if you follow these strategies.

Essential advice for solving communication & writing problems

The decision to become a better team member and leader is a personal one. If you often find yourself feeling not ready for a presentation,a job interview, or even a date, have a look at some important life skills below.

Communication Skills


Giving a presentation. Talking to clients.Explaining a concept in simple terms.

It is all about communication. Looking for improvement in these areas? Watch more videos of great public speakers like Arianna Huffington or Steve Jobs. TED talks are a good place to start. Learn from how the best share their knowledge. Once inspired, practice how you express your own thoughts more clearly in speech and in writing.

Writing skills

Writing is not only important for journalists and marketers. All professionals have to send clear and effective emails every day, whether they are simple instructions , or an idea to their boss.

Like all forms of communication, keeping your target audience in mind is key. Apart from that, the first step to writing better is through reading more quality material. Read more newspaper articles about industry-related topics.

Read more fiction and non-fiction in the language you will need to communicate in. You can never read enough.

Learning during lockdown

Hey folks! Hope that you all are safe and doing fine!

Learning is an important part of our lives and if we wish to sustain our professional lives it is imperative to keep on learning throughout our lives.
As far I am concerned,I am learning quite a few new topics that otherwise I did not get the time to learn earlier.

Web designing
Digital marketing
Google Analytics

I am learning practically by investing in creating a website from scratch as well as getting the certifications done from Google and TBO Academy.

What about you all? Leave a comment.

Till then stay home and stay safe

My daily schedule during lockdown

Many people have asked me what do I do while staying at home.It is upto us how to spend this time effectively as we all know that “Time & tide waits for none”

Let’s look at my normal schedule while I follow the lockdown guidelines.

Wake up at 6AM
Have a cup of piping hot black tea
Go through daily newspapers to keep myself updated
Freshen up
Visit the nearest marketplace if I need to buy anything for my household
Spend around 15 minutes doing free-hand exercises
Have breakfast
Start logging to my official tasks
Take breaks at regular intervals.Keep your tummy full as well!
Spend around 45-60 minutes daily in self learning on topics that I find interesting
Learn new hobbies e.g.recently I have started blogging from scratch
Watch evening news or any interesting content via OTT platforms viz. Disney+Hotstar,Amazon Prime Video,Hoichoi,Netflix without disturbing the daily schedule too much (no binge watching for me!)
Complete dinner by 10PM
Go off to sleep by 11PM & feel fresh the next day

One of the key things to keep yourself motivated is to be active,stay away from negativity and spend quality time with all your family members and help them to stay positive as well.

One must remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel and after the night day will always come.So let’s stay positive and be optimistic.We will surely tide over these trying times and emerge victorious.

Best of luck ! Share your views as well…

Keep sharpening the saw

Farmers and Rain

Once, Lord Indra got upset with Farmers, he announced there will be no rain for 12 years & you won’t be able to produce crops.

Farmers begged for clemency from Lord Indra , who then said , Rain will be possible only if Lord Shiva plays his Damru. But he secretly requested Lord Shiva not to agree to these Farmers & when Farmers reached Lord Shiva he repeated the same thing that he will play Damru after 12 years.

Disappointed Farmers decided to wait till 12 years.

But one Farmer regularly was digging, treating & putting manure in the soil & sowing the seeds even with no crop emerging.

Other Farmers were making fun of that Farmer . After 3 years all Farmers asked that Farmer why are you wasting your time n energy when you know that rains will not come before 12 years.

He replied “I know that crop won’t come out but I’m doing it as a matter of “practice”. After 12 years I will forget the process of growing crops and working in the field so I must keep it doing so that I’m fit to produce the crop the moment there is rain after 12 years.”

Hearing his argument Goddess Parvati praised his version before Lord Shiva & said “You may also forget playing the Damru after 12 years!”

The innocent Lord Shiva in his anxiety just tried to play the Damru, to check if he could….and hearing the sound of Damru immediately there was rain and the farmer who was regularly working in the field got his crop emerged immediately while others were disappointed.

It is the practice which keeps on making you perfect.

You become even diseased or old just because you don’t practice.

Practice is the essence of quality survival.

So, let lockdown lift after 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years. Whatever trade or profession you are in, keep sharpening your skills, practice with what you have, upgrade your knowledge.

Teamwork

What is teamwork?

Teamwork is the collaborative effort of a group to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way. This concept is seen within the greater framework of a team, which is a group of interdependent individuals who work together towards a common goal.

Let us consider a few more definitions about teams:

It is a group of two or more people who engage in interactions regarding each other’s membership and members who are aware of the positive interdependence when trying to reach mutual goals
(Johnson and Johnson 1987)

A team is a group of people from a certain social class, with a permanent interrelationship of duty among each other. A team is a collection of people with a definite and a common convention regarding attitudes, emotions, aspirations, and goals based on important factors that affect each member who has an express or implied assessment.-(Hog and Abrahams 2001)

The Development Stages of a Team

Stage One: Forming

The stage where team members get together and get to know each other

Stage Two: Storming

This stage discusses and argues about individual roles while creating a competition for the role of leader.

Stage Three: Norming

The team members discuss, decide, and establish habits and activity.

Stage Four: Performing

This is the stage where the team perform their duties and shows stability

Stage Five: Adjourning

This stage sees the conflict between the members who wish to drift apart and the members who try to maintain the team.

Features of an Efficient Group

  1. Fulfills the targets and duties
  2. Maintaining the goal of achieving common targets
  3. Developmental change so as to increase the efficiency

An efficient team,

a. Has collectively identified and understood the final target and objectives. These objectives must be bound and interdependent on the objectives of the team members while being able to achieve a high level of commitment.
b. There should be effective communication between the team members.
c. The leader or the members should not have any hidden agenda or motives.
d. All members should handle responsibility. The duties and responsibilities should be performed in due time in a due manner. Participation and Leadership should be equally distributed among members. The members should be content about their membership.
e. Should have common agreements that are protected by all members. Should make appropriate measures and decisions when the need arises.
f. Power and influence should be equal
g. Opposing views and ideas should be encouraged. That nurtures qualitative decision making
h. Members should have cooperation, mutual trust, unity, acceptance, pleasantness, and respect for each other.
i. High competence in problem-solving
j. A mechanism should be established to assess and evaluate the efficiency and performance of the team as well as individual contributions and commitment

Team building

Team building is a collective term for various types of activities used to enhance social relations and define roles within teams, often involving collaborative tasks.

Workplace etiquette

Workplace etiquette means the socially acceptable ways that we interact with one another and behave in our workplace.

Acceptable standards of communication and interaction in our workplace may vary from one workplace to another, however, I believe there are some behaviors which are universally acceptable or not.

A lot of workplace etiquette has to do with common courtesy, making our workplace a comfortable place that is conducive to productivity & success

  1. Non-negotiable
  2. Company policy
  3. Anything that makes another person uncomfortable, uneasy, or afraid

What behaviors does workplace etiquette include?

  1. The way you relate to your co-workers
  2. The way you relate to customers
  3. Your behaviors while at work
  4. What you wear
  5. How you speak/communicate to/with people
  6. What else?

Telephone etiquette…do’s

1.Be pleasant & smile when you answer the phone
2.Never transfer someone without letting them know what you are doing
3.Don‘t sound rushed or annoyed at the caller, even if you are busy!
4.Do what you can to help the person on the line before hanging up or transferring
5.When making a call, identify yourself by first and last name, and where you are calling from
6.Leave complete messages
7.Your name, company name, why you are calling, and what you want the other person to do –be specific (call me back by 3pm please, email me the report, stop in and see me before tomorrow)
8.Be short and to the point

Telephone etiquette…don’ts’

  1. Taking cell phone calls or texting while in meetings or involved in a conversation with customers or co-workers
  2. Even if it‘s a business call, it‘s rude. If you must take a call or respond, apologize, and excuse yourself from the conversation.
  3. Turn your personal cell phone off or to vibrate during work hours
  4. Set aside a time to check email, voicemail, and text messages-consider disconnecting except during those times

Email etiquette

1.Do not send an email when a phone call or personal conversation is more appropriate
2.Business emails should be treated like business correspondence—–not text messaging
3.Include a greeting and closing
4.Address people with the appropriate formality
5.Spell and grammar check
6.Read aloud to make sure your message is clear
7.Include all necessary details and information
8.Go easy on the ―reply to all and cc: feature—ask
9.Yourself who it is necessary to include
10.Include a relevant subject
11.Don‘t use all caps
12.Don‘t use distracting backgrounds
13.Don‘t use distracting fonts or font colors
14.Don‘t send inappropriate emails to co-workers
15.Chain emails, jokes, political or religious content

Workplace ― don’ts

What are some of the most annoying, bothersome, and time-wasting ―don‘ts?

  1. Loudness-
    a. Loud telephone conversations (even more annoying when they are personal conversations
    b. Loud talking in general, on the phone, in person nearby where people are trying to work, on intercoms, etc.
    c. Loud complaining (we‘ll talk about this more)
    d. Loud music

More about loudness

  1. Ask co-workers if your music volume is acceptable
  2. Don‘t listen to offensive music (subjective anything with profanity, violence)
  3. Turn your music down when someone comes in to speak with you, whether it is a customer or coworker keep personal conversations to a minimum while
  4. At work – close your door or go outside on a break turn your cell phone ringer to vibrate or low volume

Working from home

Whether you like it or not, working from home is the new norm these days and it looks that it’s here to stay!

So what is working from home?

Employees who work remotely and carry out their professional duties without being available in a physical office is also known as working from home.

We need to few basic guidelines to ensure that working from home is productive for us.

Stick to schedule

When working from home, you’ll have a more flexible structure to your day than if you were positioned in a traditional office setting
You’ll have the option to set your own timetable; actually, you’ll essentially need to.

Figure out a routine

We will, in general, think about a routine as a constraint at best, and a creativity killer at the worst

Nevertheless, for a remote worker, adhering to a routine can be very positive. Without one, it will be increasingly difficult to remain motivated and productive

A consistent morning schedule will help you to separate the professional part of your day from the personal

Even if your work area is just a couple of feet from your bed, just get dressed, and be ready to work will surely help you to stay motivated.

These apparently unremarkable tasks will give you an opportunity to intellectually get ready for the workday and will make you progressively alert and keen.

Plan your schedule

Without the structure of a traditional workplace, you’ll experience the two-edged sword of setting your own schedule. You’ll have more flexibility, yet in addition greater responsibility

Many studies exhibit the superiority of a shorter, high-intensity workday with regards to productivity. In this manner, your working from home day doesn’t need to be a conventional 9-to-5

It’s dependent upon you to figure out the time of day when you’re most awake, productive, and on your toes.

This will allow you to get the most out of the hours in a day, by totally killing it when your mind is generally productive and resting when you need to

This schedule will be flexible, naturally, should an unforeseen obligation come up. But adhering to a schedule suited to your personal needs and strengths will help you with being increasingly productive and keep steady over your deadlines

Set priorities

Without the hierarchical framework of a traditional office, it tends to be difficult to prioritize tasks and organize your work process

Develop self discipline

With regards to organization skills, no one hack will suit everyone,so discover what works for you. Some helpful tricks include making a plan for the day i.e., to-do lists, to-don’t lists, agendas, so on

Keep in contact with your team or your manager, then manage your day around your goals

Just as significant as realizing how to proceed, is realizing when to stop. Working from home, you’ll never run out of things to do.It’s hazardously simple to take work home with you when you work from inside your very living room

When your designated work hours are finished, and once you’ve made headway on your to-do list, stop

Obviously, we all need to give an extra push to complete a task,however, if you don’t monitor your fuel gauge, you run the risk of obscuring the line among home and work, and burning out

Avoid distractions

If you don’t need your phone for work, put it on silent. Put your phone on silent, not vibrate. When your phone is in silent mode, you won’t go to get it each time it makes a sound.

Having it on vibrate is fundamentally equivalent to having the ringer on and the temptation to look at is still there. Only pick up your phone if you need it for a work-related task.

Also, you can disable the app notifications so that they don’t disturb you while you’re working. This serves the same purpose as putting your phone on silent. With fewer notifications, you’ll be able to put your phone down when you’re not using it, instead of getting sucked into a loop of ‘just a quick check’.

Select proper tools

Working from home doesn’t have to mean balancing your PC on the edge of your coffee table. You can increase your working from home productivity by having the right tools on your side.

Invest in comfortable equipment

Since your work station is the place you’ll have to both spend a lot of time and make that time count, it’s worth investing in the resources into the right equipment. A  comfortable ergonomic chair will let you focus on your work rather than on your back pain

Your screen ought to be eye-level, your back straight and upheld,and your feet level on the ground

If you don’t enjoy sitting down for extended periods of time, a standing desk might be more your speed. Switching between standing and sitting will be useful for your back and keep you alert.

Your workstation should be comfortable, streamlined, and effective. Try not to store more than what’s carefully important.

Initially, this will keep the area uncluttered; second, it will encourage you to take breaks and clear your head.

Define boundaries

As expressed earlier, it’s easy to get lost in your work when you work from home, and run the risk of burning yourself out. To overcome this possibility, it’s important to separate work from play

Regarding workspace

If you work from your loved seat or your bed, it’ll be a lot harder to get in work-mode, since these are areas committed to relaxing. Not every person can enjoy a home office, however key to set aside a corner of your home to be your workspace

This will assist to set with clearing limits between work mode and home mode

Being able to leave your work-station when you need a break or when the day ends will let you symbolically and mentally leave work behind, and refocus the next morning

Allot your time

When you take a break or complete your day, you have to truly leave work behind. Set up processes to show up as “do not disturb” on your communication devices

Always remember to set up a clocking-out routine, to perfectly wrap up your day. Much like your morning routine, this will tenderly yet firmly compartmentalize the two zones of your schedule

Try not to let interruptions creep up on you, but don’t let work take up your life. If the line between them blurs, you’ll see it harder to unwind and harder to complete work too.

Caring for self

And last, it is of prime significance to deal with yourself when you work from home and to stay in tune with your energy levels. For sure, according to a survey, remote workers will, in general, take less sick leaves. While this is positive for employers, and a testament to the dedication of certain remote workers, working in a “free space” can make you ignore the signs from your own body. That is a slippery slope to burning out. Self-care is an increasingly indirect way, just as significant as some other remote productivity tips.

Regular physical activity is necessary for everyone, not merely remote workers. But, remote workers can squeeze in exercise more easily than office workers

When you need a break, don’t hesitate to do a few stretches, some yoga postures, and so on. This is much harder to pull off in an office without getting looks.

A mid-day rest can be massively advantageous to your productivity and energy levels. If you can find that nap makes you feel revived instead of drowsy

If you work from home, you may not leave the house for days at a time, which is nothing more than trouble. Not just the daylight and fresh air are vital to your wellbeing, yet they’ll also clear your head and motivate you
Staying stuck in front of a screen all day, particularly in case you’re handling a difficult task, is really hindering your productivity

If you can’t get away with going outside too often, keep a few plants in your home. It might sound senseless, but a little greenery can improve both your mindset and your efficiency