Managing time during pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has blurred the boundaries between work and home. Virtual meetings, online classes and juggling between home and work have led to tremendous stress, burnout and is taking a toll on the physical and mental wellbeing of professionals across the world. Therefore, it becomes all the more imperative to manage time wisely to remain productive and enhance efficiency.

Making a to do list in your calender, assigning a time and alarm for each of the activities will help prioritizing and wise utilization of the time. After the accomplishment of even smallest of your goals don’t forget to celebrate and reward yourself. This will keep you in good spirits and eliminate relentless stress.

Many professionals multitask or sometimes micro- manage which causes unnecessary burden and duplicacy of work. Delegating tasks and sharing responsibilities can be an effective means to manage your time judiciously.  Working in teams mitigates the work pressure and allows you to give time to hone your other skills set.

Pandemic has posed some unprecedented emotional and psychological challenges. No vacationing, not being able to spend time with your family, friends and neighbours leaves one in an emotionally drained out state. Virtual meetings can be a great option to spruce up yourself and boost up morale significantly.

Covid -19 remains a crisis for many but if you look at the other side of the coin, it comes with lots of opportunities. Especially students and working professional can take the best out of online courses offered by various international universities. Getting yourself enrolled in options such as course era, EdX, NPTEL, provide ample opportunities to upskill yourself. You may pursue a hobby to help unleashing your creativity and usher the making of new you.

Dr. Indu Prabha Pathak

Centre for Soft Skills