Employers all across the nation now have many of their employees working from home. Some studies say this could be as many as 57% of them. The transition from the workplace to working from home means that there is an increased responsibility for your own health. Seven tips will help you maintain your health and sanity.
1. Get a Dedicated Work Space
Having a separate place to go every day when you are working will remind you that it is time to be productive when sitting there. Your workspace should be quiet, isolated from as many distractions as possible, well lit, and comfortable.
2. Create a Plan for the Day
Knowing the tasks you need to do each day will help you move from one task to another smoothly. It will also enable you to get more done if you do not need to take time to look over projects and decide which one to tackle next. Start your day by listing the top projects you need to work on and then start on each one in the order of their priority. If you do not finish a project, add some notes to it so that you can easily start the next day where you left off. If you know what the projects are, it may even be better to make your plans for the next day before going to bed.
A lot of people have one thing in common during the pandemic – an unhealthy extra 15 pounds. Gaining excess weight can lead to such health conditions as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol in some people. These problems produce unhealthy conditions and can make you more susceptible to illnesses and other problems. Regular exercise, for at least 30 minutes a day on most days, can help keep the pounds off, and it will increase your mental alertness and energy levels.
4. Guard Your Posture
Sitting in a chair for hours at a time that does not support your back properly is going to lead to painful backaches before long. Getting up and stretching at least a couple of times a day will help, but getting an ergonomic chair will help even more. Many work from home employees that needed to visit a doctor said that their joint and back pain had increased since they started working at home.
5. Do the Difficult Tasks in the Morning
People naturally do their best work in the morning hours. Their brain is still fresh and concentration and alertness are usually better before lunch. After lunch, the food can make you a little drowsy for a while and less able to concentrate.
Finishing your most difficult tasks in the morning will help you to be motivated to do more, less-difficult tasks in the afternoon. It will also give you a sense of accomplishment and put you in a good mood for the rest of the day.
6. Take Regular Breaks
When working before the pandemic, you were given breaks every two hours and a lunch break. This is a good schedule to maintain. It will help you feel refreshed and ready to go back to work. Working for hours without a break is sure to increase your stress and make you less creative.
7. Keep Healthy Snacks Nearby
Having healthy snacks within easy reach can help you avoid going to the refrigerator and eating unhealthy foods. The right kind of snacks can help you to be more alert and able to focus on your tasks, whereas sugary snacks and drinks will make you drowsy. They can also help you keep the excess weight off.