I have just written a post on why I started blogging; the reasons that got me going in the first place and why it is now such a large part of my life. I love it and can’t think of anything else that I want to do!
But working from home, on your own – as your own boss – isn’t everyones cup of tea…I realise that. But it does seem to be growing in popularity (for a better work-life balance) and due to the advances in technology. Some people are doing it a few days a week for some extra flexibility, and some (like me) are 100% based there.
When I worked in Human Resources I was always office-based as part of a team but my new career has evolved meaning that I work solely from home, at my iMac. For me, it is a brilliant job because I can always be there to do the school run as well as stick something in the oven for dinner! But it does require a significant amount of self-discipline and motivation. Especially when it comes to the issue of getting out and about and keeping fit.
So here are my 5 techniques on how I work from home and how I stay fit:
1/ Get social
Attending a local class with a few friends always helps me to keep active and stay social too. I go to a HIIT class once a week, usually in the evening. This gets me interacting with other people…and the exercise is SO good for me! I know friends (who also work from home) who walk the dog every day, or who regularly go to Pilates or Yoga. These activities are great for getting you out of the house, getting some much needed exercise and for important thinking time.
2/ Join a gym
We’ve just joined David Lloyd health club and have found it amazing for getting the whole family involved in fitness and healthy living. We spend a great deal of time there individually as well as together, especially taking the twins swimming. I have found that since joining I have been more motivated to go and that I carve time out of my week to attend.
3/ Take time out
Regular breaks can help so much because it’s so easy to just keep working away. I try to schedule a spa day every so often or even just a coffee with a friend during the week which helps me to relax and de-stress from work deadlines.
3/ Get active at your desk
The clever people at Furniture at Work have created this brilliant info graphic below about ‘Office Yoga’ which I absouelty love! I will definitely be trying these in my home office this week!
5/ Know when to switch off
It is superb being able to work at home but knowing when to switch off can be hard at times. My study/office is just off the hallway and so popping in there to catch up on emails is far too easy to do. I have to be strict about switching off and spending time with my family. Especially at weekends or when the twins are not in preschool.
Have you got any other tips or techniques for keeping fit, happy and healthy when working from home? I’d love to hear!
Love, Jess x
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