Updated: Apr 4, 2020
The the current and abrupt lifestyle changes arising from COVID-19 are new territory for many of us. Many of the world will be working from home from this week.
Here are some ways to work well from home during this isolation period. They are intended to keep up your spirits and also keep up your routine.
1. Get dressed
Staying in pyjamas all day sounds lovely to some. But getting up and dressed for the day will improve your state of mind and have you set for the day.
Prepare yourself for your working day. For some this may mean changing into business attire to help this mindset shift, or you may like some nice active wear. Either way, get out of your PJs, put on your watch, earrings, do your hair.
Start your day with a walk. Get up, walk, have some breakfast, shower and get into your “business attire” to start your day.
2. Establish boundaries
Routine is key. Be ready to start your day at the same time as you would normally arrive in your office or workplace, and finish your day at the same time.
If this means you start your day with exercise, then start with a walk (if this is something you would normally do). Perhaps you are a runner or go to the gym regularly. Running is a great way to get outside and still follow the isolation rules. Alternatives to the normal gym routine could include heading to the park to carry out body weight exercises using the landscape around us.
Set yourself up at home with a “work space” designated to your work. This work space should be a separate area in your home, ideally with a properly adjusted desk and chair, similar to your workplace.
At the end of a working day, it's best to switch off your computer and tidy away papers and other items.
3. Get out and about (if you're not self-isolating)
Ensure you get out of the house (isolated) for a walk or run (if appropriate for you).
You might like to get some fresh air first thing in the morning and/or at lunch and/or in the evening.
So get your shoes on, get outside and enjoy that fresh air. A different perspective will also help undo mental blocks and give you a fresh pair of eyes for any tasks you're struggling with.
4. Pick up the phone
Make some time to pick up the phone and have a real conversation, rather than relying on email and instant messaging. FaceTime even. There are so many ways to video chat these days. Now more than ever is the time to use these online platforms to connect with others.
5. Take regular breaks
It's good to have a routine when you're working from home, but work shouldn't become monotonous.
Be mindful of sitting down all day and be sure to get up regularly throughout the day to change the input to your body.