Updated: Jan 24, 2021
We are all so very tired of the never-ending lockdown of course, but what if we could take some small actions, to improve our everyday challenges? Try the next 5 tips to enjoy home office more!
1. Schedule your time: even though there is lots to do at work, it is not
productive to be online constantly. Try keeping a routine like having your morning coffee or
some exercise and put those in your calendar. Ideally, have your lunch roughly at the
same time every day and take another short break in the afternoon to catch some sun
or rest your eyes a little - if you feel like it, add a short mindfulness practice like
2. Learn something new: there is a ton of free online courses and this would be a great
moment to spend some time learning something new with the time you save from the
commute. So why not learn something about nutrition, communication, politics, gardening, or anything that interests you. Have no idea what/where to look for?
Post a question in a discussion channel and see if anyone has any tips. *Bonus tip: sharing what you learn with your team would make for a more effective commitment
and an engaging topic for discussion.
3. Co-working: the principle of working in pairs or groups is that it makes us feel
accountable, facilitating focus and commitment to the tasks. Even though we cannot
physically work together, you can video call one of your teammates to “co-work”. To
do so, an easy method is the 25-5 rule (Pomodoro technique). Work focused for 25
minutes straight, followed each time by a 5 minutes break. If you’d like to try to work
with someone else, you can look at https://www.focusmate.com/
4. Keep communication lines open: share your renewed excitement for grocery
shopping or your frustration for your favorite bar closing with the rest of the team. We’re all in this together and share similar experiences. The same outside of work, scheduling video calls with your family or friends who are also at home will make everyone happier :)
5. Treat yourself well: self-care is always very important, but when we spend several
hours and days (or months!) inside and without distractions it becomes vital. Whether you live alone, with your partner or family, you can take care of yourself and your loved ones in different
ways, for example, cooking a multiple course meal or baking a cake, doing some
online shopping with the money you saved from restaurant dining, getting a bubble
bath or sleeping in a bit longer.
Did you try these tips? Or you maybe discovered other ways to enjoy lockdown? Comment and share your opinion to help others face the many challenges of lockdown!