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Working from Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic

In a position where you can work from home? That's great. You're doing your part to flatten the curve, and are lucky enough to receive an income whilst doing it.

Working from home (or better known now as WFH) here and there is very different to working from home each and every day...and then at home every night...and all weekend. It's important to create a WFH routine, so you can still mentally "clock on" and "clock off" from work.

Here are a few things that work for us, and may help you too.

Get ready for work

Complete your usual pre-work routine. Normally walk to the train station? Walk around the block. Normally workout at the gym? Do an at-home workout - there are plenty out there at the moment! Shower, eat breakfast, brush your teeth. Complete your normal routine, to the best of your ability.

This will help you "switch on" for your work day. Don't stay in your pyjamas all day, as tempting as it is.

Keep regular hours

If you normally work 9am – 5pm, keep those same working hours and make sure you "switch off" from work at the end of the day. If you don't "leave" work and continuously do bits and pieces throughout the day and night, you'll feel like you are constantly in work-mode - this will in turn affect your ability to be effective and efficient when you should be working.

Take regular breaks

Been working for 2 hours? Get up from your desk and go make a cup of tea, coffee or snack. Walk around your backyard. Stretch. Whatever you can and want to do in your space.

Enjoy your lunch

Make a healthy lunch and do not eat it at your desk. Eat it at the dining table or sit outside if it's a nice day. Anywhere but your workspace, so you're taking an actual break from your work to clear your head.

Similarly to your work hours, take the same lunch break as you normally do. If you take more than your designated hour, you'll start to feel lazy and not want to begin working again, or you may feel guilty and make up for it by working later. Either way, it's not good for your routine, work or headspace.

Socialise

Of course we don't mean IRL, but those who normally work in an office are usually surround by people, socialising constantly. When you finish your work day, call a friend or family member and have a chat. This is a great way to pull your brain out of work mode and back into home life.

Have some other suggestions? Let us know!

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