Blog FPO
By: Mark Gray | Mar, 23 2021
Health

Working From Home: How to Avoid Falling into a Rut

This guest blog post is by Mark Gray of Gray Media Consulting.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us started working from our homes in 2020. And some workers haven’t even returned to the office nearly a year later. Whether you’re permanently working from home or can visit the office occasionally, it can be a challenge.

With reports that 36.2 million Americans are predicted to be working remotely by 2025 (an 87% increase from pre-pandemic levels), it’s a challenge we must learn to tackle head on. That’s why we’ve put together our top three recommendations to avoid falling into a rut of low motivation and limited output while working from home. Check them out:

1. The importance of establishing a routine

Under normal circumstances, we use our homes to socialise, to relax or to entertain. Depending on the rules where you live, it’s likely some of these activities will be affected. But when you work from home, you still need to create a divide between when you’re working and when you’re not. Otherwise work can quickly creep into your downtime. For example, checking emails in bed or finishing up a task with the TV on. Not only does it affect the time you have to relax, it’s unlikely you’ll be doing your best work either.

A routine is a great way of maximizing the time you have to work, but ensuring you still get time at home to do whatever it is you want to do. It also helps set expectations with your employer for when you’re working – and when you’re not. In one guide to remote working, it’s reported that being constantly ‘available’ to contact is one of the main causes of stress for home workers because it blurs the lines between home and work life.

2. Why frequent exercise is helpful for home workers

Exercise is proven to be good for our physical and mental health. Although you may not be able to get outside as much as you’d like or head to the gym, there are plenty of opportunities to exercise indoors – in your garage, basement, or any room.

Online workouts have been hugely popular throughout the pandemic as a motivational way to exercise. Take the UK’s Joe Wicks, for example, who recently earned a Guinness World Records title for the most viewers for a fitness workout live stream on YouTube. Whether you exercise alongside live streams or watch videos back at a time that suits you, you’ll find yourself feeling more refreshed and motivated for the day.

3. Why a strong work-life balance needs to be in place

We’ve already discussed how a routine can help you increase your work-life balance. It’s hugely important when you’re working from home to keep the boundaries clear. Without enough time away from your desk, you’re at risk of burnout and work-related stress. Other tips for maximizing your work-life balance include:

  • Have a dedicated working space. Make sure you have a comfortable setup for working. Ideally it would be in a separate room – but not everyone has the space. Any dedicated zone or area would work. When you’re there, you’re working. And when you’re away from there, you’re not.
  • Prioritize ‘you’ time. Don’t feel guilty for making time in your schedule for things you enjoy. The pandemic has taken its toll on everyone, so you must learn to prioritize yourself.

 

Photo Credits: unsplash.com

By: Mark Gray | Mar, 23 2021
Health

Working From Home: How to Avoid Falling into a Rut

The coronavirus pandemic affected all aspects of life – including how we work. For many of us, this is the longest time we’ve worked remotely from home in our entire careers. Are you struggling? You’re not alone. We’ve put together some tips to keep up your motivation at home.

Read More >

Think Like a Kid… and Find the Fun in Getting Healthy

All the excuses of 2020 aside, most of us kick off any new year with a million goals about our health. The huge influx of people to the gym that seems to dwindle off by the end of February. So, how do we find a routine we can commit to? My advice – think like a kid.

Read More >
By: Stephanie Birnbaum | Jan, 29 2021
Health

How to Stay Healthy at Home

Working from home comes with its own set of challenges. Staying active when you’re cozy in your house can be harder, while eating healthy when there’s a pantry full of food just steps from your home office can be tempting. Then there’s the tendency of Americans to work more with the time they save from commuting. But staying healthy while working from home can be done. Here are seven simple ways to maintain healthy habits while working from home.

Read More >
By: Jim Thompson | Jan, 15 2021
Health

Don’t Fail to Plan

When you think of meal planning, the old saying really rings true here. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” And that statement couldn’t be more true when it comes to making good choices with your food intake.

Read More >
By: Sarah Sain | Jan, 8 2021
Health

Why You Should Prioritize and Plan for Rest

We live in a society that places value on always moving, going, doing and working. Even when the pandemic began nearly a year ago and many people were restricted from going anywhere or doing much of anything, the mindset of needing to be busy all the time persisted – albeit remotely. Add to that the fact that we’re all connected through our screens 24/7, and it’s leaving us mentally exhausted and chronically stressed.

Read More >
By: Mark Gray | Jan, 5 2021
Health

The Health Challenges of Remote Working

Remote working has become the norm in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. With workplaces the world over forced to close their offices, those who could turned to the sanctity of their own homes to go about their working day.

There are many benefits to a career spent at home, but it’s hard to argue there aren’t also downsides to this kind of life – especially when it comes to both physical and mental health challenges.

Read More >