The Covid-19 virus has shaken up the routines of the world. Many people, I included, have had to drastically change the way we go about living our lives. For many of us, this change has been difficult and put us in a slum. For others, the transition has been smooth and almost unnoticeable.

No matter what your situation is, I am going to talk about three habits I ajusted at home that increased productivity, focus and overall happiness throughout my quarantine. If you are committed to improving tasks, these three simple adjustments will increase your productivity level too.

  1. Taking showers in the morning.

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For as long as I can remember, I have always taken showers at night or in the evening. This habit always worked well for me because after a long day of running around, I could relax with a steamy shower before bed.

Now that I am not running around so much, showers in the evenings are not as helpful as they once were. When I shower in the morning, I am more wake for the day. It helps my mind transition from sleepy mode to getting things done mode. Also, when I take a shower in the morning, I am changing out of pajamas and putting on something fresh for the day. This is another trigger to help my brain get focused on what needs to be done.

  1. Reading when I first wake up.
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Many of us would wake up and check our phone for however long we choose and move on to the next thing for the day. Now that schedules have been wiped, it is clear that social media is being used as a way to escape the boredom of staying at home.

Although this might not be a bad thing, staying on social media day and night throughout quarantine is not healthy for your productivity. As a means to limit my own social media intake, I have switched my habit from being online when I first wake up to reading a few pages of a book in the morning.

Many students that have transitioned to 100% online still have homework to complete, so this refined habit can help accomplish reading that has been assigned from University’s. It starts your day with a simple yet completed task that sets you up with more motivation for the next thing.

  1. Reflection through journaling
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This quarantine has been a strange one to say the least. Through times of confusion and hurt, it is critical to use some of that time to reflect how you feel. This habit has helped me in many aspects of my life and is a really great way to destress after a long day. It is also a helpful tool to look back on in the future to see how you felt during this time and what you did to improve yourself.

In times of reflection, the possibilities are endless on what to reflect on. When focused on productivity, I tend to reflect on what I was hoping to accomplish that day, what I actually got done and what worked well and what didn’t work well.

Thank you so much for reading my three simple adjustments. I hope they were helpful in this strange time. Please don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and follow me on social media with the links below!