In the current climate of working from home, social distancing and self-isolation, how’s it actually working in practice for Sue, one of the Rambutan bunch?
From last week, following government advice I’ve been remotely working from home. It’s been a challenge, both mentally and physically, but there’s been some very surprising positives and I’m proud of how resilient I’m becoming.
In the past I’ve occasionally worked from home when I’ve needed quiet time to work on a key project, but this is completely different. From a physical viewpoint my dining room table has become my office; I’ve found a wonky, old, comfortable chair to sit in (note to self, must fix it this weekend) and I’m still supporting the environment by not putting my heating on until as late as possible in the day. The most illuminating mental health surprise is how positively I’ve changed my mindset so that I know this is now my workplace indefinitely.
I focus my mind each day I get up on having a ‘travel to work’ mode so that I can still feel a separation from home and work. The ‘travel to work’ mode may only mean dressing in casual work clothes (as opposed to staying in my pyjamas); walking down the stairs into the dining room (my office); putting the kettle on and having a brew as I log onto my laptop at the start of the working day, but this is still me mentally switching on for the day ahead and focusing my mind on work.