Some of our team already work from home at times; although some of these points may seem like common sense, they are things that we find ourselves forgetting too sometimes.
One of the most important points to note is that your home setup may not be configured to meet HSE guidelines for work spaces. Make sure that you are seated correctly – working from the sofa on your laptop might seem relaxing at first, but it can soon take its toll and leave you with aches and pains. If your work requires you to use IT equipment for extended periods of time, it is advisable to set up as good of a desk environment as you are able to.
Taking breaks to move around, change position, walk and stretch will also help to keep you ache-free during your time working from home.
Improvising items to use as weights or jogging up and down the stairs a couple of times are some of the things you can do if you’re stuck at home. Government guidelines currently allow for one for of outdoor exercise a day, so you can also take advantage of that by going for a quick walk around the block, or as Head-Geek Tim does sometimes, you can take the dogs out for a walk during lunch!
We often get more exercise in a day than we realise, even in an office building, moving around between offices, desks, breaks and so on. Investing in a fitness tracker like a Fitbit has helped some of our team stay active when working from home.
It’s easy to overindulge when you’re at home, and close to your kitchen – but there are some ways to make sure you don’t gain too many kilos while you’re working from home. If you’re a serial (cereal? Sorry, we couldn’t resist…) snacker, have healthy snacks or small portions on standby to satisfy any cravings – being hungry can interrupt your workflow and cause a drop in productivity.
Staying hydrated can also be an issue sometimes, so it’s best to have a bottle or glass of water nearby, in line of sight, so that you can sip whenever you like.
In trying to maintain a routine close to what we’re used to, some of us also drink a lot of caffeinated drinks. Try to avoid caffeine after 2-3pm if possible, since it can disrupt your sleep patterns.
Try to stick to your regular meal patterns and plans where possible too, as this can help you to stay on track and keep your workflow flowing.
Last but not least, if you’re suffering or recovering from COVID-19 or any other illness, don’t push yourself too hard to keep up. Recovery time varies from person to person; please listen to the advice from doctors and healthcare professionals!
Next week we’ll be having a look at some of the tools and practices that can help you stay in good mental health when you’re working from home in lockdown.