Hello! It’s been 9 weeks since we started to work from home. Wow. Who would have thought so back in January?
Whilst I am a fan of working from home, I have noticed that it also means some challenges for me.
And so I’m here today with a recap of things that are making my life a little bit easier and a little bit more interesting and fun than it would otherwise be during the lockdown.
1. Routine is king
Having a routine proved to be crucially important, especially on working days. It helps me to be more productive. It’s good to have work structured – difficult tasks first, easier later. I also find that it can be easy to forget taking breaks sometimes.
Stretching my legs properly every now and then and taking regular screen breaks helps me feel better and concentrate more on what I do. Here is my usual daily plan:
- 6.30am – Getting up, drinking a glass of water at first, then have breakfast with a cup of coffee and/or glass of juice, watch a breakfast TV show, change my clothes and get ready for work
- 8am – Work starts
- 9am – Coffee
- 10.30am – Cereal break – having a bowl of yogurt with muesli and fresh fruit, to keep me going until lunch
- 1-2pm – Lunch
- 3pm – Time for another coffee/herbal tea
- 4.30pm – Work finishes
- 5pm – Daily exercise
- 6pm – Housechores, relax, talking to friends
- 7pm – Time to cook dinner
- 8pm – Dinner, talking to my parents
- 9-10pm – Blogging, reading or watching TV
- 10pm – Shower and bedtime
2. Enough sleep is the best remedy
These days, I get an extra hour of sleep every day and it’s an absolute balsam for both my body and soul. It is a luxury that I enjoy particularly after a workout when I need to regenerate.
Before WFH, I was used to getting only about 7 hrs of sleep every night (if not less). In my opinion, I was doing ok, but the extra hour really does make a difference.
Feeling more energetic during the day and can accomplish more tasks that I give to myself (both in and out of work). I love it!
3. The importance of daily exercise
Another thing that I like about working from home is the option to go to a nearby park right after I finish work, or even during my lunch break. The park is usually quiet and I can really switch off there.
On the other hand, not having to commute and walk to and from a train station at least twice a day means that I actually do need to plan my daily exercise and can’t just leave it out as it strongly affects my mood and energy levels.
Every other day I go jogging, and in between, I go for a walk or cycle for about an hour. The weather has been fairly good lately, so I didn’t have to push myself and exercise at home too many times, but when I did, I watched my favorite cooking shows, and the time just flew!
Also, bad weather has got some positives about it: almost noone is outside when it rains, so I’ve enjoyed a couple of runs in the park when not having to slalom (social-distance) between anyone.
4. It really is the best time to pick up a new hobby
As you could see here and on my Instagram, I’ve chosen gardening. You might remember from my last personal blog post, that apart from flowers, I got a window sill greenhouse, and started to grow cherry tomatoes and herbs in it just before the lockdown.
Most of the herbs have survived (yay!) and are growing well. I’ve already cooked with my own parsley and coriander, and soon will be able to use my own fresh basil too! (doing a little dance)
With the weeks passing, I managed to get a small greenhouse, which is now on our balcony. Although it provides only a limited space, I try to make the most of it – and grow some beautiful looking plants that can also be used in the kitchen.
Digging in mud (literally), taking care of the plants and watching them getting bigger and bigger is so calming and satisfying, I could not recommend it enough!
Also, it does make me quite proud! But to be honest, this is my first proper try and I keep asking mu mym and dad for advice. Oh, and I also watch more gardening programs now!
5. Setting new challenges
Yes, lockdown itself can be challenging enough. There are ups and downs. There are also days when I miss my family and friends a lot, but I’m hoping things will go back to normal one day.
Whilst I’m being grateful that I can still work and get paid during this pandemic, I’ve also been thinking how to spend the little extra free time more reasonably.
I’ve already become more organised (as per point 1), but I feel now is the time to come up with new challenges.
That could be anything from cooking new food, making own bread, sushi, pizza, etc – as long as it means learning something new and getting out of my comfort zone, at least once a week.
I’d love to start with making my own sourdough. Wish me luck – I’ll keep you posted on my social channels!
To conclude this, these are weird times and everyone deals with them differently. I’ve realised that basic things like having a daily routine, getting enough sleep and exercise can make me much happier in such circumstances. I’ve also found joy in gardening and would like to learn new things and develop more skills over time.
I’d love to hear how you’re dealing with the current situation and what things work for you – perhaps you found some too. Please share them in the comments!
Take care, M x