12 Productive things to do during the COVID-19 lockdown

Being confined to four walls for the majority of the day for weeks on end is not something we had time to mentally prepare for. It’s important for our mental and physically well-being to stay active, positive and stimulated. With social distancing rules in place, it’s essential to find ways to take advantage of this time, rather than to dwell on what we cannot do. Here is a list of 12 productive things to do during the COVID-19 lockdown.

#1 Help the NHS

Help the NHS

The NHS are currently taking volunteers to help with the current COVID-19 Crisis. Helpers are required to help deliver food and medicine, to drive patients to appointments and to phone and check on those during isolation. As the virus spreads the number of people affected is increasing along with the demand for volunteers.

#2 Read


Reading comes with huge benefits. It increases our knowledge, vocabulary and thinking skills. It keeps our minds stimulated and whilst some of us may not be using our minds for work like we usually do, this is a great way to keep our mind engaged. Our brains are a muscle and require exercise to keep them strong. Reading also comes with other benefits such as stress reduction and strengthens our memory.

#3 Set up a savings account


Due the current social distancing and restrictions, naturally we will be spending much less. Whilst some people will be having to survive on a reduced salary and will not have the luxury of being able to save some of us could utilise this time to put our disposable income to one side. Use Money Saving Expert to compare interest rates and get the most from your pennies.

#4 Get a bike or use the one you have


So long as you maintain social distancing guidelines cycling is a great way to get out of the house and keep fit. Cycling can also improve your brain power and helps to build new brain cells. It’s a way to improve your fitness, whilst the gyms are closed, and you’ll end up happier and healthier. No brainer.

5# Clean and declutter your home


Now is a perfect time to get a full spring clean underway. Cleaning actually has a positive impact on your mental health. At a time of increased anxiety get busy with cleaning and clearing out any clutter that has accumulated over the years. You’ll be left feeling more positive and actively minimise the number of allergens lurking ready to attack your immune system. It’s also a good time to get your AC systems professionally cleaned and air filters changed to stop as these can pick up dust and allergens and redistribute them around your house.

#6 Upcycle


If you enjoy being creative and would like to make some home improvements, upcycling is great cost-effective way to do so. There are thousands of ideas on the internet, take a look at Pinterest for some great examples and step by step guides. You could even have a rummage through the garage, cupboards and loft for unused items and look at selling completed projects on eBay!

#7 Learn a new language


There are many advantages to being able to speak to a second language such as enhanced career prospects and even improving your first language. There are other benefits such as better cognitive abilities and improved memory which consequently can delay dementia for up to five years!

#8 Create a bucket list


It can feel a bit dispiriting being stuck indoors with so much uncertainty as to when social distancing measures will be relaxed. Many of us will have had to cancel holidays, events and trips that we were looking forward too. Create a list of things you would like to experience and places you would like to visit in the future. These will all be things to work towards and look forward too.

#9 Practise Yoga


Yoga has been proven to provide a multitude of benefits to mental and physically well-being. It’s great for improving your overall strength and suppleness along with aiding sleep, relaxation and your immune system. Furthermore, it’s inexpensive and can be done in the comfort on your own home with no equipment. There are companies such as Move GB who offer online classes for as little as £1 per week. Far cheaper than any gym membership!

#10 Get out in the garden


As spring is upon us, now is a great time to get to work in the garden. Further to recent government updates we could be following social distancing guidelines for longer than we realise and if you have a garden, you’ll be wanting to make the most of it this summer. Spending time outside is good for reducing stress and can benefit our mental health whilst burning those extra calories that you might not be shifting whilst stuck inside.

#11 Get up to date with admin (work, personal)


Clearing your ‘desk’ of any paperwork, bills and forms that you have not had the opportunity to do will leave you feeling great. If you haven’t already you could use the time to organise your paperwork into folders to keep your ‘desk’ tidy.


#12 Help a local Charity


During a time of crisis, there are many Charities and organisations that are reliant on volunteers more than ever . Social distancing means that elderly people living on their own, are feeling even more alone. Age UK are welcoming donations to help answer as many phone calls as possible during this time. See Hello Magazines article on other Charities that desperately need your help.


10 working from home tips during Coronavirus

10 tips to enhance productivity whilst working from home during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

10 working from home tips during Coronavirus

In a bid to slow down the spread of The Coronavirus, many businesses have been forced to offer the option of working from home to their employees whilst some have closed their offices entirely. Whilst working from home sounds great, in reality, especially for long stretches it can feel very isolating which can have a great impact productivity. We have put together 10 useful evidence-based tips that will help you enhance productivity away from the office.

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The rapid spread of Coronavirus in such a short period of time has caused a very sudden change for all of us. It has forced people to make a hurried transition to a temporary new way of life and find ways to adapt to a new working culture, fast. Although temporary, we have no clear time frame and some articles suggest that we may have to participate in social distancing measures for up to a year. Whilst there are many workers in industries that will never have the option of working from home, such as scientists or onsite construction workers, those that are mostly desk based (over 80%) will have to find ways to quickly acclimatise.

Working from home has some evident benefits. Some of these include reduced travel costs, zero hours commuting and a more flexible schedule. However, the sudden shift for hundreds of thousands of people, could potentially be very isolating and cause a huge loss of motivation and morale. Furthermore, during a time of national quarantine, working from home with the constant disturbances such as those from young children who are also home-bound could have a huge impact on productivity. Also causing high levels of stress, anxiety and depression.

We did some research into some people who have either been forced to or given the option of working from home and asked them what is most important to them to get the most out of their working day whilst remaining in their home environment.

We asked, ‘‘how easy is it for you to work productively from home on a scale of 1 to 10?’’

The average answer was 6.5/10. In order to find out what affects productivity, we then asked people what their main concern was about working from home.

In response, an overwhelming amount of people said that they would miss face to face daily interaction with their co-workers. The absence of office culture coupled with other social activities outside of working hours no longer being available to us, means that it’s vital to find new ways to stay connected to protect our mental health and well-being. Finding new ways to stay connected will become imperative if the government implement social distancing measures for as long as scientists are suggesting is needed.

To establish what simple measures can be taken to improve productivity when working from home, we asked people ‘‘which variables are most important to you when working from home?’’.

A common importance to people was their working space. Having a tidy, organised and dedicated work area, free from distraction, came up most frequently as having a major impact on productivity.

Another common importance was taking short breaks from sitting down for long periods and keeping mobile. This might be in the form of a short walk outside in the fresh air or participating in a short exercise routine.

Lastly, the third most common concern which 70% of people listed in their top three priorities of working from home is having structure to their working day at home the same as they would implement in an office environment I.e. short breaks and a set start and finish time.

What other variables can we control to increase our productivity when working from home? See below our top 10 tips for working from home during Coronavirus, based on the conversations we had with employees and employers from various roles such as directors, sales managers, contracts managers and office clerks.

  1. Daily Schedule’s
work life balance working from home

Put a schedule in place and try to stick to it as much as possible. Things can change throughout the course of any working day but it’s good to have a schedule in place to get yourself into some sort of routine so that it still feels like you are ‘going to work’. Pick a definitive start and end to your day so that you can still separate work from your personal life.

  1. Take breaks
take breaks when working from home during coronavirus

Allocate set times for short breaks, working for long periods of time causes exhaustion which will be counterproductive. Taking short breaks can increase productivity and creativity allowing the mind to replenish. It’s a good idea to use your scheduled breaks to let your brain recharge and replenish its resources to get the most from your working hours. Use the time to keep mobile and if possible, to get some fresh air.

  1. Increase Comfort.
be comfortable when working from home during coronavirus

A good chair for posture is important for long periods of sitting. For example, your feet should be flat on the floor and you shouldn’t be slumped over at your desk or table. You can even buy an adjustable posture correctors which may be worth the small investment. An anti-glare screen on your laptop could be beneficial for long periods of concentration. It’s also important to ensure there’s a nearby window or form of ventilation for fresh air which leads onto the next point.

  1. Go outside.
go outside when working from home during coronavirus

Getting out and getting fresh air has been proven to give you more energy and a clearer, sharper mind. It’d also good for your overall health strengthening your immune system and ability to fight of disease more effectively. That’s why ventilating fresh air indoors is also important and much healthier than continually breathing in stale air. Breathing in more fresh air means breathing in more oxygen which provides more brain clarity thus increasing productivity. You might also consider looking at a ventilation or air conditioning system for the summer months. Remember to follow safe distancing guidelines.

  1. Maintain social interaction.
maintain social interaction when working from home during coronavirus

Use technology to stay connected. Video conferencing can be used to keep up to date with co-workers and clients. Working from home in 2020 means we are well equipped with the technology and tools to stay in touch. Allocate a specific time each day to touch base with co-workers.

  1. Shower and get dressed.
shower everyday when working from home during coronavirus

Shower each morning and get dressed like you would if you were going into an office environment. You’ll feel better in yourself and this will project into your phone calls, work and general productivity.

  1. Keep distractions to a minimum.
work in a quiet place when working from home during coronavirus

If possible, allocate a quiet room/space dedicated to working. Allocate times for household chores, so that they don’t interfere with your productivity. Better still, try and complete them before you sit down to work so they’re not at the back of your mind bothering you. Play music to drown out and distract from any unwanted background noise. Studies show music improves morale and can help you work faster and more efficiently.

Make your partner or family aware of your schedule and pin it up somewhere visible to encourage them to respect when you’re particularly busy.

  1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle.
eat healthily during coronavirus to strengthen immune system

Your physical activity will probably decrease, due to several reasons specific to different individuals and their roles. You might not be walking to the train station, to the coffee shop at lunch or travelling to and from meetings. So, you should make a special effort to take short walks whilst benefitting from fresh air and a mental break from work tasks. Eating good nutritious foods will improve your energy levels, ability to concentrate and overall self-esteem. Eating healthily will also reduce your risk of disease, which during this pandemic, is critical. Recently published on MUSC Health is an article on long lasting nutritious foods for a ‘healthy quarantine’.

  1. Set goals and deadlines for yourself.
Set deadlines when working from home during coronavirus

Setting yourself deadlines, enables you to manage multiple or large projects without feeling overwhelmed. Deadlines can be set to help you achieve tasks large and small. It is motivating to highlight deadlines that are met and naturally encourages momentum. It also allows you to prioritise what’s most important.

  1. Keep a tidy workspace.
keep tidy when working from home during coronavirus

A decluttered workspace contributes towards a decluttered head space! A clean and organised working area instantly makes you feel at ease and reduces stress levels and removes any added distraction. Keyboards and screens accumulate a shocking number of germs. Regularly clean down surfaces and use antibacterial spray or wipes to kill bacteria.

Thank you for reading ’10 working from home tips during Coronavirus’.

*Statistics are based on a survey carried out between 7th and 21st March 2020. A total of 70 random people provided data and the age ranged from 18-60, a mixture of male and female.

How do you maintain your productivity and morale? Can you add to our top 10 useful working from home tips during the Coronavirus? We’d love to hear your comments.