Working from home certainly does have pros and cons.
For starters, you are no longer having to sit in traffic at rush hour, or on a packed train, so you get to spend that extra time that you would be spending commuting, with your family, or even taking some time for yourself!
You also don’t have to think about what to wear and can sit at your desk with an elasticated waistband if you desire, (as long as it’s not what you went to bed in because that’s just not good for the mindset).
However, are you finding that because you are working from home you are also adopting some bad habits? It is easy to do, so you’re not alone. You may find that you don’t get up and away from your desk as often as you do when you work from the office. You may also have started to work even longer hours without realising it. Is any of this resonating with you?
In my previous posts we have covered other topics about working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. How to manage your time and to-do lists and how to communicate with others during this difficult time. Staying productive and organised have been the main focus and we’ve briefly touched on health and mindset.
This week, I just wanted to give a gentle reminder about looking after yourself from a work perspective, because as I mentioned earlier, you may have noticed that you are not moving around as much, or working longer hours.
Have you thought about setting a reminder to move? Hours can go by and before you know it, you’ve been sat at your desk (or in some cases your dining table) without a break or walk about. For many people that do not usually work from home, the chair from the dining table has probably now become your newest and closest acquaintance. But remember, it’s not designed for you to be sitting on it all day. It’s there for you to sit on for perhaps an hour, two at most. Setting a reminder on your phone or even using a tool online such as Big Stretch Reminder can help you to give your body a break.
If you can, and you have the space to do so, do you have a dedicated area that you can work in so that you can separate personal life, from working life? Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a spare room that can be turned into a study, but there are ways that you can segregate your work area, even if it is located in your front room. If it’s possible to do so, pack your work away after you finish. That all important work/life balance is key to a health mindset when it comes to working from home.
I love the work life balance that I have been able to achieve in my business and that I help to give to my clients. If you would like some tips on how you can make working from home, work for you then I would be only too happy to share my knowledge and experience. Contact me to discuss getting the balance right, whether you work for yourself or as an employee. Our health through this pandemic is paramount. It’s not just about protecting ourselves from Corona virus. It’s about protecting our mental and physical health for the long term too.
Until next time…
Stay safe, stay at home, stay healthy.