With coronavirus likely to hit our working life in the next few weeks, it’s a good idea to be prepared for the fact that, if we can, we will be tied to indoor living. To some, that might mean, going crazy with little exercise and a hell of a lot of cabin fever, but with a little preparation, it could be the break that you always wanted.
Here are a few tips to help you master the art of being in one place for most of your day:
Separate Home and Work Life
Have a designated work space, and when you are done for the day, pack up your workspace, or leave the area. If you are worried about work creeping into your home life, let others know that you won’t be available between certain hours of the day to reduce the number of emails and phone calls you’ll receive in that time, and you’ll have no need to feel as though you have to respond. Let others in the house know that you won’t be available at certain times so that you don’t get distracted.
Although you will need to work, you will also need to relax. Take the same number of breaks as you would in your office. You may find it harder to get back to work after taking a break, so try to get away from your work station and do something productive in your break, whether it’s putting on a wash, having a shower, making and eating lunch, or exercising.
Enjoy the Lack of a Commute
The average UK commute time in the UK is 58.4 mins. Imagine miraculously being given an extra two hours EVERY SINGLE DAY. Well now you have. What have you always wanted to do, but never got round to? Now is the time to start. Whether it’s cooking meals from scratch, polishing off your drumming skills, or getting around to tackling that DIY list, time is on your side and you’ll feel better at the end of your indoor stint for ticking a few extras off your to-do list.
Be Prepared to Work from Home
Although this is especially difficult for all of us who live in flat shares and won’t have access to the nearest cafe, make sure that you have a space in which you can work. It doesn’t have to be a workspace at all times, for example, it might be your dining room table which can be packed up at night, but you should have an area dedicated to work. With the possibility of working from home lingering, you should also make sure that you have the right equipment (computer, internet connection, phone reception) and let your employer know in advance if this will not be feasible. Get to grips with how you are going to communicate with your colleagues and what is expected of you when you are working from home.
Although sitting in your pyjamas may sound like your dream day, getting dressed can help you get into the right mindset to face your day at the ‘office’. You don’t need to put on your work clothes, but having a differentiation between day and going to bed should be acknowledged.
No Daytime TV
Once it’s on you’ll never be able to turn it off! You’ll tell yourself there’s only so many Gilmore Girls reruns you can watch, but let’s face it, there isn’t, and once you start, you’ll never get round to doing anything else that day.
Be Social & Look After Yourself
If you start to feel lonely, remember that everyone else is in the same boat. Instead of organising dinner and drinks with a friend, schedule an hour to talk to them over the phone.
Being cooped up can make you go crazy. If you aren’t in quarantine, try not to spend all day indoors, but take a walk or pop to the shops. Treat yourself to nutritious food and make sure you still manage to keep up with your exercise routine.
Don’t Buy Snacks
When there’s no one else to eat the cake you bought, YOU WILL EAT IT ALL.