Hellooooo! It’s been a while, but I am back! I seem to have a lot of spare time on my hands at the moment (wonder why that could be…) so I thought I’d brush the dust off of the blog and get writing again. With my job being so creative, it’s very easy to want to switch my brain off as soon as I get home, which is why this blog has taken a bit of a back seat. I’ve also discovered TikTok which has taken up a lot of my time, but that story is for another day (buttttt, if you do want to follow me then it’s @daisymccluskey).
Anyway onto the actual point of this blog post. Like many across the country, I am currently working from home, and have been for the past couple of weeks now. To begin with, I found it quite difficult, as it’s so easy to not get out of your pyjama’s and do work from the comfort of my bed. However, I quickly realised that I couldn’t be doing this for the foreseeable future, so started to give myself a little working from home routine, which has made me so much more productive. So, here are my top tips on how to work from home successfully.
- Wake up at least an hour before you start work. This gives you time to fully wake up properly, have a shower, do your usual skincare, have something to eat and drink, and be more prepared to start work.
- Get dressed out of your pyjamas, even if this is into different pyjamas. I’ve lived in loungewear for the past two weeks. However, being in something different to what you are sleeping in is a good way to make you more productive.
- Try and stick to your usual working hours as much as you can. Having clear guidelines for when you should be working and when its time to sign out and switch off your laptop will help you to maintain that work-life balance.
- If you can, work at a desk or a table rather than on the sofa or your bed, to give you more of an office feel. Another tip would be if you have a dedicated work laptop, only use that for work, and then for personal stuff using your device. This helps you to stop doing work bits after hours, so you can switch off.
- Make sure that you take breaks. You should stick to your usual company breaks, both for lunch and rest your eyes after looking at a screen all day. I have recently purchased a pair of blue light glasses which help block harmful light from digital screens that may cause symptoms like headaches, blurry vision, and loss of sleep.
- Try to communicate with your colleagues as much as you can throughout the day so that you don’t distance yourself too much away from working life. This could be through a WhatsApp chat, emails or Microsoft Teams. Whatever it is, keep in contact.
- Do some exercise at some point during the day, whether that be before you start work, during a break or after work. I have been doing Joe Wicks PE class every morning, which is a good way to wake up. However, if that sort of thing the Government is currently allowing you to leave the house once a day for exercise, so going for a walk with some fresh air can do you the world of good.
Having a lot more spare time has also given me the chance to create something that I’ve always wanted to! You may see all of these fun Instagram stories that you can screenshot and then fill out with gifs or answer the questions. I’ve always wanted to create my templates and now I have! These that I’ve done so far are lockdown themed, but I hope to create a few more in the future!
Save or screenshot and then add to your own Instagram story! Don’t forget to tag me @daisymccluskey ✨