Working for home

Inevitably, at this time, clients are sharing their home-working experiences with me. So, I thought I would share some of their ideas for how they are making it work for them.

Pictures to Inspire

Have pictures around you that inspire you and make you feel good such as family, friends, holidays, scenery.

Leave work behind at the end of the day:

Have a set workspace, and at the end of the working day, close the door on it or tidy it all away out of sight.

Replace your usual journey home with another activity to signify your move from work to home, such as going for a walk or some form of exercise. Or have work and non-work clothes and change at the end of the working day.

Vary your breaktime activities.

Have set break times and plan a variety of activities to do in these times.

Because working from home for most people means even more screen time (including video calls) then try to plan some activities that don’t involve screens. To avoid eye issues, look at things further away than a screen -even just out of the window. To avoid posture and muscle issues, get up and move around. You could stretch, do some arm windmills, star jumps, squats and press ups; or jog on the spot. It’s amazing how even a small amount of exercise can invigorate not only your body but also your brain.

Schedule in ‘water-cooler’ times

Plan in times for chatting socially with work friends.

One of the big pluses of going out to work is social interaction. Most people spend at least a small part of their day chatting about non-work issues and this is not only good for individual feelings of wellbeing but also good for work moral. One of my clients said that him and his ‘team’ friends arranged 3 30-minute sessions a week and actually suggested topics for conversation a bit like ‘show and tell’ sessions at primary school.

Eat well and exercise.

Working at home means that the food you eat is now within your control. There is no peer pressure from work colleagues to have that piece of cake or extra latte or chips with your sandwich! While it is true that you probably feel the need for some ‘treats’ at this challenging time, you can still think more about what and when you eat.

Keep moving during the day. Get up and move around, stretch, do some arm windmills, star jumps, squats and press ups; or jog on the spot.

Use your permitted outside exercise time. For some people this is actually the first opportunity that they have had for discovering their local area, and cyclists are enjoying the car-free roads (although apparently there are a lot more cyclists about!)