Did anyone else think that we had moved on from self-isolation and working from home? I did. Imagine my horror when I got ‘pinged’ by the NHS Track and Trace app stipulating I had to self-isolate again. The good news is that I don’t have to homeschool. The bad news is that my face-to-face meetings have all gone back on to Zoom and, well, I have to self-isolate. So, as I find myself working from home and isolating I thought I would share some tips.

  1. Set up a plan for the day. Now that (hopefully) members of your household are out, either at work, school or just out, set a timetable and stick to it. Be as productive as you can without wasting time on traveling to work/meetings or school run.
  2. Set up your workspace (again). Try and work in a quiet and cutter free space with a comfortable chair. Make the space as nice and enjoyable as possible as you have a few days to be here.
  3. Take regular breaks. You may not be allowed for exercise but you still need to take regular breaks. If you have a garden walk round it a few times, if you don’t, do some laps of your house. If you cant do that then just get up from your seat and jump a round a bit. Every bit of movement helps to reset your body and mind.
  4. Keep in contact. Just because you aren’t physically allowed out doesn’t mean you should cut off the world. Have an extra chat with your work collogues or contacts, phone a friend or Facetime your family. Keep sane by staying in contact, it helps pass the time when there is nothing else to break up the working day.
  5. Open the window. Open the window and let some fresh air in. Fresh air will help you to concentrate plus you may sleep better tonight.
  6. Finally, drink plenty of water. Not only does it keep you hydrated and alert but also helps you to get up and move regularly – to the bathroom!