How to stay productive in lockdown

Productivity consultant Moira Dunne shares her tips on how to stay productive during lockdown along with her new lockdown productivity planner.

It can be hard to stay motivated each November as the days get shorter and darker. This year the world is also coping with the Covid-19 pandemic and in Ireland we have entered our second lockdown. To help people turn November into a productive month, I have developed a Lockdown Planner – a new tool developed to help you take control of your business and personal life.

Focus on what you can do

During this lockdown, my key productivity tip is to focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t do. In my family we are approaching this lockdown as a challenge. A time to set personal and work targets and then put the head down and get them done. A bit like Lent! My target is to walk every day and cut down on sugar. Do you have a target you would like to achieve every day? Is there a bigger goal that you want to complete by the end of November?

Planning your time and setting small targets for each day can help you stay on track. It helps you stay motivated too. Getting things done, no matter how small those things are, can really boost our mood. That feeling of productivity motivates us to keep going.

Lockdown Productivity Planner

So I present to you the Lockdown Productivity Planner to help you take control of November. This planner is an excel file which you can download and edit. It features the following:

1.     Weekly Goal Setting

2.     Daily Productivity Tips

3.     A Weekly Review

4.     A blank Planner – so you can add your own information

Other productivity resources

I have also developed a lockdown habit tracker to help you track any new habits you start this month. Tracking a habit each day helps you stay motivated because if you get on a “streak” you won’t want to miss a day. It worked for me last night when I was motivated to do my daily walk in the wind and rain just to tick that box.

We have lots of other resources to help people be productive while working from home. Checkout our Covid-19 resource page for productivity articles, tips and templates.

Written by productivity consultant Moira Dunne, founder and director of

Published: 3 November, 2020