Ways to manage home and working from home life
#StayAtHome is trending right now so here are a few very ideas to try help create a better stay at home experience
The speed with which lockdown happened left little time to think about what we were all going to do and how we were actually going to manage our time at home. So get a pen, some paper, a drink and sit down and actually think about what you are doing every day. Make a list or things you’re doing and those you’d like to do. This will help you discover the things you might be missing and add them back in a small way.
Think about the things you have to do but aren’t enjoying. Try to split those in to parts and plan in a reward at the end of doing them. For example cleaning the bathroom say to yourself ‘I’ll do that for an hour’ and at the end reward yourself with an hour of listening to music. Or where possible combine the two.
Having a structure that was similar to what you would normally do will hope you cope with the changes. So try to set your alarm for the same time on a week day. Get up have your breakfast at the normal time, have a shower get dressed, if you’d normally go to work or take the kids to school then try to take your family out for you daily exercise at that time. On weekends if you’d normally sleep in then do that in order to create a different weekend routine.
If you’d normally plan in a treat such as a trip to the cinema or out for a meal for Friday night then still do this. Buy or make something special to eat, find a film to watch. It doesn’t matter as long as it’s different from what you’re doing on a ‘normal’ day.
When we all chose our homes and our furniture there is a good possibility that we weren’t thinking we’d get stuck in it 23 of our 24 hour days. Think about changing things around, make the environment suit the way you are living your life now. If things are irritating you like you keep falling over a chair then move it.
Before the lockdown you may have had a holiday planned. So unless you have to work then still take it but in your own home. List the things you might have done and try to do some of them for a few days. Wear the clothes you would have worn, dress up, buy different foods from the shop and try a few recipes from the place you would have gone.
If you are working from home setup a dedicated area and line up all the stuff you’d usually have. A different mug for your coffee, your work note book, your photos of you’d have by your work station. If you don’t have much space get all this stuff together in a box and get them out and put them away when you’ve finish.
It is tempting to rush around trying to fill your time with ‘stuff’. There is a feeling that we all should make the most of this period of time. It has almost become a competition to be busy. STOP. It is ok to sit with a drink and look out the window and just ‘Be’.