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April 26, 2020
For the majority of us, working from home and doing homeschooling is new, requires a lot of willpower and organisation, especially when jugging home life as well. It’s so easy to get distracted with chores, news, the non work to-do list and more. It’s also easy to just work so intensely that you don’t leave your desk for hours except to maybe juggle a few tasks. To help, we have put together 8 healthy ideas that you can start to implement to help you feel more organised and focussed during the week as well as look after your health a bit too.
Separate The Weekdays and Weekends
Do things that separate your weekdays and weekends. Something as simple as packing away all the work, all the work devices, all the schooling items and clearing the space for the weekend. If you’re accustomed to having a cafe breakfast, learn some new breakfast recipes and make that a routine for each weekend. If you are use to doing your cleaning on weekends, keep the day the same and do this. If you're use to weekend dinners with friends, do this all online and have dinner together! Give shape to your week and pivot your routine and rituals to make them home friendly.
Develop a Weekday Morning Routine
A routine is something you simply do over and over again to flip your switch into work mode. Don’t overthink this part. It could be as simple as waking up at the same time each weekday, getting dressed, making breakfast, getting coffee and starting the day or it could be waking up, doing some exercise, having a shower, getting dressed, getting breakfast then starting the day. Try and find a routine that works for your unique situation.
Turn off the messenger ping on your phone, turn off the netflix, remove the clutter. All the things that distract you from working or teaching from home.
Keep Regular Hours
Finish schooling when school use to finish. Finish working when you normally would leave the office or end the work day. It’s important to not let this creep into your home/exercise/family/health and wellbeing time.
Plan Your Breaks
Plan regular breaks in your day to get up, walk around, move the body and eat well. Jump on youtube and do a fun dance class for 15 mins or take a run around the block. Think about when you’re working and the breaks you would normally take, and try make sure you’re still taking these breaks or more.
Plan Your Food
Make sure you plan some healthy meals and snacks. It is so easy to snack all day when the home fridge is within walking distance. But it is important to prioritise your health and eat well for energy and wellbeing.
Open Your Windows
As long as it’s safe to do so, open your windows for fresh air in your home. As we are spending more time indoors, one of the simplest things you can do to improve the indoor air quality is to open your windows. Fresh air will also give you a boost.
Stay connected with loved ones, friends, family all over. Lots of things are shut but it doesn’t mean communication is shut. Check in on people, ask for help if you’re struggling and most important of all, be kind to yourself.
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