I’ve been working from home for a good couple of weeks now due to the Corona virus, and it’s the same with the majority of the country, although a lot of my friends are now being furloughed now, which sucks.
I’ve also been unwell, so I have been working from home a little longer than most. I have a large cyst on my right ovary causing me pain and sickness and my endometriosis is getting me down too (a story for another day)…
Any who waffling, I’m sure you all want to know about my health issues, anyway, although working from home is great for us introverts, it can get a bit much at times when you’re staring at your screen for hours on end without a break or when you’re not going outside to get a bit of fresh air and feeling like a lazy slob who hasn’t seen sunshine for days.
So without further a do, here are my tips:
Go outside on your lunch break.
I know we’re on lockdown in London right now, but my exercise is getting out every now and then on my lunch breaks. Even if it’s only a 20 minute walk, it’s still something!
Breaking up the day with a few tea breaks does wonders, not only is tea delicious and gives you a bit of a boost, but you’re also stepping away from your screen to give your eyes a break.
Get dressed for the day.
It can be easy to just roll out of bed, stay in your PJs and turn on your laptop (…and repeat), but I find having a shower in the mornings, then getting dressed in lounge wear or a jumper and pair of leggings makes me feel refreshed and ready to start my work day. And i’m sure you’ll find that too!
Finish at a reasonable time.
I’ve found working from home can make you work longer hours, especially when you have deadlines to hit. But it’s important to stop at a reasonable time and look at again with fresh eyes the next day. My husband really needs to take note of this!!
Create a designated work space.
Not everyone has a home office sadly. My husband is working in the conservatory which leaves me to work from our bedroom. Originally I was working from my bed, however Joe set me up a little table with my laptop and mouse on. It’s not glam or perfect but it does the job!
Get rid of distractions.
No TV/ipad on. Say no to Netflix. You need to focus on getting your shit done for the day if you want to make it the most productive. Put your phone away too, although it’s fine to check your phone here and there, you’ll just endlessly scroll on Instagram without realising.
Light a candle.
I know it’s Spring (the weirdest time ever…), but there’s something about lighting a candle that relaxes me during my work days. I always light one when I’m feeling a bit stressed and got too much to do. Works wonders trust me.
Are you working from home now or have you been furloughed? #staysafestayhome