Productivity and Preparing for a New Normal

Productivity and Preparing for a New Normal

Entering a New Normal means resuming productive activities while remaining cautious and aware to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To transition into a New Normal smoothly, we’ve compiled tips to remind everyone to stay safe and healthy during these times.

Prevent spread by:

Wearing a mask (any mask) is better than none at preventing virus-containing droplets from potentially reaching your face, mouth, or nose, and reducing the number of droplets that can spread and hit others when you cough, sneeze or blow your nose. Cloth masks can reduce droplet emissions by 10-30%, while surgical masks can reduce them further, by about 50-80%.

Avoiding crowds, or keeping a distance of at least 2 meters from other people in public places.

Staying hygienic by washing your hands for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer that consists of at least 70% alcohol, after touching surfaces that people frequently come into contact with (e.g. door handles).

Keep Up Your Physical Well-being by:

Sunbathing before 10 am or after 3 pm to improve your mood and to get your daily dose of immune-boosting Vitamin D.

Eating foods that keep you healthy, such as citrus fruits that are full of Vitamin C, broccoli that is full of antioxidants, and garlic, that contains allicin which can improve your immune system.

Get enough sleep (at least 7 hours) to keep your immune system healthy.

Strengthen your physique by exercising at least 150 minutes per week, through moderate aerobic exercises such as jogging, power walking, gardening, or cleaning the house, as recommended by the WHO.

Stay Safe in your Workplace by:

Avoiding watercooler talks for the time being, and gathering with your coworkers through video calls, or by meeting in an outdoor space at your office, while keeping a safe distance of two meters away from each other.

Avoiding closed spaces with limited ventilation. Make sure your workspace has good ventilation, and keep wearing a mask.

Keeping good hygiene at your workspace. Cover your entire nose and mouth when sneezing, and immediately dispose of the tissue you have used in a closed trash bin. Make sure to disinfect your workspace and dispose of your day’s trash before you head home.

Once you’ve made sure to follow these measures, keep your productivity up by:

Rising Earlier

Wake up 30 minutes to an hour earlier to make time for light exercise to improve your mood and get your blood flowing, or to make time for sunbathing to receive your daily dose of Vitamin D. Take this time to reassess and rearrange your workspace to refresh your working mind, and to motivate you to start your post-holiday work day strong.

Organizing your Work

Start with small, simple tasks that are more easily accomplished to build up the motivational momentum to complete more weighty tasks. Draft a list of your current tasks, or use applications that keep you productive, such as Slack, Zoom, or our own productivity management app, Omnia.

With all this in mind, we hope you stay safe, healthy, and productive, and keep up your well-being.


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