For some time now, I have entertained the thought that it would be awesome to have a work-from-home job. Prior to the Covid-19 global pandemic, I was working from home at least once a week, and loving it, but if truth be told — I wanted more, mainly because of my 2hr commute to work, one way. I was convinced I could put that time spent commuting to better use.
Enter March 2019 — Global pandemic, physical distancing and self-isolation. I have been working from home every day for just over a month now, and let’s just say, I have had to re-learn a thing or two about making this adjustment to 5 day work-from-home week.. This came about after I realized, I was putting in extremely long hours, sitting for extended periods of time, resulting in me feeling extremely exhausted, unwell, and less productive. Below are some of the changes that I have made that have worked well for me.
1. As much as possible, maintain the same routine.
Go to bed at a decent hour so that you can get up in good time in the morning to shower and have breakfast or a cup of tea. I can’t eat that early in the morning, so I will usually have a cup of coffee whilst I do my morning meditation and right my morning pages.
I have always started work at 8am, so I try to be at my desk and logging in by 8am every workday.
2. Take scheduled breaks
This goes without saying but try to take a break every 2 hours at a minimum. This could mean walking to the kitchen to make a cup of tea, or to pour a glass of water. It could also mean standing by the window and enjoying the view. Sometimes I will open my front door and stand on my porch for a couple of minutes.
Some days, if the weather is nice, I may take a walk around my block after work, or during my lunch break.
3. If you must snack — snack healthy.
Fruits, nuts and water, that has been my staple. Although I will confess to having chips on the odd occasion.
Be careful of snacks that will make you tired in the afternoon, like cake ☺. Yes, like I said, I had to learn.
4. Put away your phone
Social media can be so distracting! Especially in these times where almost everyone is digitally connected; people are online more than ever before, and the media outlets are competing to to push content every minute. Give yourself specific times to check personal messages or social media, or to catch up on the news. This can be done during your scheduled breaks.
5. Practise the discipline of rest.
When your workday is done, log off your computer. I mean completely shut it down. And, if possible, move away from it, go to a different room or simply put yor computer away. Give yourself a distinct change of environment so that your brain knows that your workday is done. Then rest. Take a nap. Order take out, or make a healthy homemade meal for dinner, then relax with your favourite book or TV show, or any other of your favourite activities. But give your mind that time to rest and relax.
Above all, stay home and stay safe.