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How to make working from home WORK!

For many of us the next few weeks will become the new norm as we socially distance ourselves, our offices shut down.

With my entire family now having to work from home until further notice, I thought it wise to share my top ten tips on how to be effective, harmonious and healthy in these unusual times:

  1. Pretend that you are still going to the office and maintain your normal hours
  2. Get showered and dressed.  Be casual but working in your pjs from the night before will ensure lack of motivation!
  3. Have separate designated working areas for each person in the house, especially if there is the need for conference calls and skype meetings.  Set ground rules.
  4. Set a schedule and stick to it as best you can
  5. Have regular breaks
  6. Move/stretch more often – 10 minute walk around the block or 5 minute stretching
  7. Take calls in the garden, get some vitamin D
  8. Eat good real food and cut down on the carbs for lunch
    • (too many carbs may necessitate an afternoon nap!)
  9. Give each other space and respect if there is more than one person working from home
  10. If you are on your own, maybe some music or the TV on in the background will make you feel less isolated

Remember we are all in this together!

Below is an extract from my book ‘Future Proof Yourself’ – Chapter Seven: Being in Control of Your Well-Being, which I thought was appropriate alongside the above tips

One life, one body. Try and look after both of them, because if you don’t…

Learning to understand your body and how it performs to the best of its ability is a form of professionalism. There are many factors that impact us physically and how we operate; investing time in understanding these factors and making the right choices will be time well spent and will help us to maximise the impact we can have in our working careers.

Working on being happy and content with life, despite all the difficulties and challenges that it can throw at us, is the best way to start creating our own well-being.

Working and dealing with pressure is an essential skill in Future Proofing Yourself so you can perform to the best of your abilities in all situations. We can all be good at what we do when the working environment is relaxed and non-pressurised but, as we are well aware, the more responsibilities and pay that we are afforded, the greater the expectation upon us to perform and produce results.

Being able to work in pressurised situations should be seen as a positive opportunity to demonstrate that you are good at what you do and will be able to step up and perform when the pressure is really on. The better you can manage your reaction to pressure, the happier and more content you will be. You will become more relaxed and in control of your well-being.

You can find more details on this and other future proofing yourself ideas in my new book: Future Proof Yourself via:

The Endless Bookcase or Amazon

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