Part 2: applying psychology to increase productivity when working from home
In the previous part, I explained how psychology is intertwined with PR and how it can affect you when working from home. In this part, I will share some tips on how you can increase your productivity when working from home through psychology.
To help the remote working period run smoother, I have prepared a list of top 5 tips that can support you during these stressful times:
- Minimise distractions: Being able to separate your work life from your home life is essential, especially when not living alone. Try to sit alone in a room with closed doors when working; this helps you better appreciate the time you spend with your family/flatmates when not working.
- Dress to impress: While you may say no one can see me, and continue your entire day in your PJs, dressing how you would normally dress to work can increase your mental health and helps put your brain in work mode.
- Create boundaries: Try to separate your living space from your working space to help boost mental health. A simple example would be not working in bed; keep your bed to sleeping and scrolling through Instagram and TikTok.
- Avoid multitasking: Whenever possible, try to finish one task at a time. Finish a report then proceed to cook your favourite dish. Trying to complete both at the same time may take away from your personal experience.
- Sit near windows/on balconies: working in a closed space without windows may allow your brain to feel imprisoned. If possible, try to sit near a window with the curtains open to help boost your environmental psychology. If you cannot sit near a window, try having a landscape portrait hung on your wall and set your workspace facing the portrait. This may help increase your calmness and reduce anxiety and stress when working in a closed-off room.
It is fascinating how psychology can affect your verbal communication, and uncovering the secrets of psychology is not a process that is completed in a day. Stay tuned for my upcoming blogs to uncover the secret communication of the body and mind!
Antoine Boghos is Account Manager at Cicero & Bernay Public Relations, an independent PR agency headquartered in Dubai offering new-age public relations consultancy to the UAE and across the MENA region. | www.cbpr.me