25 Mar How to stay sane at home and actually get stuff done
Like much of the UK, team LUYA are working remotely. We’re very lucky because we regularly manage our work ‘on the go’ but we understand it’s a big change for most.
Take a look below at some of our top tips on how to stay sane at home and actually get stuff done.
- Differentiate between home and work mode
It can be tempting to sit in comfy pyjamas all day but getting dressed will help you feel more motivated and differentiate between working and relaxing.
Most of us have a commute that help us to unwind on the way home, but when working from home it’s important to set boundaries and make sure you can still switch off at the end of the day. If possible, set up your workstation in a separate room that you can leave and walk away from at the end of your usual working hours.
- Keep to routine
Don’t be over ambitious in what you can achieve in working from home. Sure, it can be tempting to stay up late and tick off everything from your to do list but taking regular breaks will help keep you sane and your quality of work will probably be better too.
Most of us tend to flag a bit in the afternoon, so experts suggest making a list of the five most important things you need to get sorted each day and keeping these as a priority.
Your body will also thank you for sticking to your usual work routine and keeping to regular mealtimes.
- Practise self-care
No commute means you probably have a bit more time to yourself than usual, use this wisely and take care of yourself. With lighter morning and evenings, why not go for (one!) walk or run, or do a home workout? We’ve been loving joining in with Joe Wicks’ live PE lessons every weekday morning, which are a great way to get energised for the day ahead.
In the evening, de-stress after the workday and read a book or have a bath.
Now is a great time to sort out things you’ve not have time for and practise self-care, whether it’s a face mask or spending an hour learning a new skill. You could even try out some new healthy recipes or see how inventive you can be with leftovers…
- Use technology wisely
At LUYA, we’re using Horizon to keep in touch with each other via chats, group calls and face to face video meetings. Keeping in touch with your colleagues with regular catch ups will help to keep you focussed and on track.
Home office all to yourself? Listen to whatever you want! We all work best in different scenarios; whether it’s complete silence, listening to jazz, the radio or podcasts.
Find what motivates you and if looking forward to a listening to a new podcast helps your workflow, go for it.
During this time, tech can be a massive help but it’s also important to remember to put our phones and social media away and focus.
- Show your pets some love
Have you heard about the dog that sprained his tail from wagging it so much?
Whilst this might be a rough time for humans, our pets are definitely enjoying us working from home, plus being around them is good for our health too!
From decreased stress, blood pressure and anxiety, cuddling pets also releases the ‘cuddle chemical’ oxytocin in both human and pet, which has a calming effect.
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