Its been a week since I was told from my employer to work at home, so the novelty has definitely worn off.
As I look at people in their little boxes on my iPad screen you can see that as the restrictions placed by the government increase, the need for make up and a hairbrush decrease.
So here are some lessons that I’ve learned over the last few days and some hints and tips to help you:
- Exercise – I am the QUEEN of excuses but now my days aren’t as full, and I’m saving the need of time and energy to travel, I have signed up to daily sessions with a local personal trainer. It costs £5 for a 30 min session starting at 7am or 7pm. I set my alarm so I’m ready for 7am then I’m set for the day. Remember all your local personal trainers will be out of work right now so try and see if there’s some in your area providing live online workouts. If not, try The Body Tailor on Facebook and Instagram, to join in with me and many others. Good news is only Liberty the trainer can see you no one else can.
- Showers & Baths – wash, wash, wash your hands. But you cant beat the feeling of a fresh shower in the morning to start the day. Its all part of coming up with a routine to structure your day, so you’re not feeling lost and unaccomplished.
- Journals and to-do lists – I always use a journal, but I have found this invaluable for dealing with everyone in the house. After my workout and shower I have a cup of coffee with the to-do lists in front of me. I write my children’s schedule for home school with plenty of breaks for drinks, snacks and outside fresh air, so I don’t have them asking me every few minutes “what shall I do now?” its written down and the work is done. Try to assign times for each task so you know exactly WHAT to do but also WHEN.
I keep all my journal necessities, the books, stickers, pens, etc in a tote bag so I have it with me all the time and I can work on it properly wherever I am.
- Breaks – Especially if you find yourself sat in front of a screen and/or sat in the same position most of the day. The HSE suggest that short, frequent breaks are better than less frequent longer breaks, so a 5-10 minute break after 50-60 minutes is better than a 20 minute break every 3 hours. Which is coincidently how long it takes to put the kettle on and throw the dog a tennis ball a few times.
- Cozy comfy – Even your favourite pair of PJ’s get boring after a while, or at least need to go in the laundry. I need a hoodie/sweatshirt for chilling out at home. Here’s a few of my favourites:
Water and Healthy Snacks – Day one of working from home was powered by a lot of coffee, but led to unbearable headaches. I’m no good at drinking water anyway but the tap is right there. Why not invest in an eco-friendly water bottle rather than plastic bottles that destroy our oceans.
I use a bottle from Chilly’s. They have so many designs with turtles, whales and small sizes for children.
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