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7 Ways To Boost Your Health and Productivity While Working from Home

Are you finding it hard to focus while working from home? Has procrastination got the better of you? Is the call of the laundry or dishes more appealing than that report you are meant to be writing? In this blog, I explore the 7 Ways You Can Boost your Health and Productivity While Working from Home.

 

  1. Clear Desk – Clear Mind

I am a big believer in removing clutter from your desk before getting to work. Now this isn’t an excuse to procrasti-clean. Rather, ensure that you have all the essential things you need in your immediate work area to make the day run smoothly. For me, I make sure I have my diary, to-do-list, a range of pens highlighters and post-it notes (more on this later) and a beverage close by.  By clearing your desk, you can create a fresh start and reduce unnecessary distractions.

 

  1. Write a To-Do-List the Night Before

At the end of your workday, or over the weekend, spend a moment to jot down the important tasks that you need to get done the following day. Writing down a to-do-list means that you won’t use mental energy “trying to remember everything”. It also means that when you get ready to sit down to work the next day, you already have a plan of what you need to do. My to-do-list hack is to write one task that I can easily achieve, so that at the start of my day I can cross something off. It’s mind-game I pay with myself to demonstrate how efficient I am. And it’s so satisfying crossing a task off the list at the start of the day.

 

  1. Eat the Frog

Mark Twain is famously quoted as saying “If the first thing you do in the morning is eat a live frog, you can go through the rest of the day knowing the worst is behind you.” The frog in this context is the biggest and most daunting task on your to-do-list. It can be easy to get side-tracked into all the little tasks and avoid the big ones. You’ll be surprised how much more you can get done when you complete the biggest task first. So go on, Eat that frog!

 

  1. Keep Your Workspace Separate

If its possible, set up an office space in a study or spare room. This way you can “compartmentalize” the time when you are at home and the time when you are at work. Then at the end of the day you can close the door to your “office” and enjoy being at “home”. If you do need to set up your office at the dining table, then have clear boundaries around that space. Set it up and pack it down at the end of the workday. Try to find another space to take breaks so you don’t feel like you are “at work” during your lunch break.

 

  1. What’s a Pomodoro?

The Pomodoro technique is a time-management hack. It was created by Francesco Cirillo who used a tomato shaped timer (Pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato) to improve efficiency and time management.  Using this technique, you set the timer for 25 minutes, start a task, when the timer goes off put a tick on a piece of paper and when you have more than 4 ticks, you can take a break.  Now you can vary the working time limits to whatever suits you. For shorter attention spans, work in 10-15-minute blocks before taking breaks. Work with whatever if best for you.

 

  1. Find Variety in the Everyday

Sometimes there is nothing more boring than feeling as though you are chained to your desk, without freedom to move. This taps into one of our core needs. The Need for VARIETY. (You can read more about the core needs here). The need for variety can mean that we distract ourselves of procrastinate to keep ourselves entertained if a task is particularly arduous. As a visual person I fulfill my need to variety with tones of pens, highlighters and colorful post-it notes on my desk. This gives the option of choosing either the blue or green highlighter to mark tasks off my to-do-list or the pink or yellow post it notes to write a reminder on to.  I also make sure I have variety of beverages on hand, so I don’t get sidetracked thinking “I can’t get to work yet – I don’t have a coffee.” I usually have a coffee, water bottle, a glass of mineral water with lime juice within arms reach so once again, I can choose what I want to drink.

 

  1. MOVE IT!

Sitting for long periods will kill your motivation to work, and your productivity will plummet! When the Pomodoro timer goes off, use this as an opportunity to stand up and stretch and move. Stretch your neck, your arms, your back and your hips. Walk up and down the hallway. Do squats, lunges, star jumps.  Take a walk around the block at lunch time. Get your body moving and blood pumping. A little bit of movement not only breaks up your day, but it can ease postural aches and pains from sitting, improve productivity so you get more done and boost your mood thanks to the endorphins that exercise creates. If its a struggle to leave the house for exercise, try walking around while on the phone to get a bit more movement into your day.

 

By making a few small changes to your routine, you can ensure that working from home is just as, if not more productive than working in the office.

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Pregnancy During a Pandemic

Pregnancy can be tough at the best of times. During a pandemic it can be even more challenging. In this post I share my thoughts on how to make the best of a challenging situation and have a relaxed and nurturing pregnancy journey.

 

1: Food Cravings

Food cravings during pregnancy can be bizarre at the best of times. Every time someone mentioned a meal they were preparing or if I saw a food post on Instagram, I immediately needed to consume that meal. Now while we are nowhere near food shortage, restrictions placed on local cafes and eateries means that I cannot indulge in my cravings. Right now, it’s Almond Croissants. I have been trying to deal with this by swapping out my cravings, so instead of an almond croissant, I may have a sweet scroll from a bakery. And it’s working, kind of. Seriously though… if someone could be me an almond croissant that’d be awesome!

2: Bog Roll Rations

It’s bad enough peeing every 20 minutes without having to ration out toilet paper as well. And yet, here we are. It a “don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone” type of situation. While we have plenty of toilet paper, I know that if and when we go into full lock down mode, my partner and I will fight about this. He’s a half a roll per visit kinda dude and yeah, that’s not going to work now is it? Of well, I guess time will tell.

3: Head Cold or ‘Rona?

Head cold are quite common during pregnancy. And you can’t take anything to reduce the severity of symptoms, which sucks! And don’t even get me started if you are a hay fever sufferer like me! But in the Age of ‘Rona, clearing your throat while in line at the supermarket causes mass panic and hysteria. I have been boosting my immune system with vitamin C, plenty of garlic and healthy bone broths. Thorough hand washing and social distancing are the best ways to keep yourself and the community safe.

4: Birth Plan Changes

Births don’t go to plan at the best of times. But during a pandemic, heavy restrictions are being placed on hospitals and birth places. In most cases, your birth partner may be the only one with you in the birth suite. Visitors are restricted and children may not be able to come into the hospital, placing further stress on families. Most face to face birth classes have been moved online, so you can still get the support you need to prepare for your birth, and most doulas offer a post-partum service, so you can get support when you need it most.

5: I can’t get a Massage

Trust me, I am as devastated as you are that we have had to close our doors temporarily in order the curb the spread of the coronavirus. And I really need a massage right now! My back and hips and sore and I could really just do with a 60 minute nap on the massage table.

There are still a few allied health services that are still able to operate. At time of writing, I believe these services are still operating, however it is best to give them a call to check.

 

Osteopathy: Bump and Bub https://www.facebook.com/bumpandbub/

Chiropractic: David Wright Chiropractic https://www.facebook.com/dwrightchiro/

Physiotherapy: Inner Strength https://www.facebook.com/InnerStrengthHealthcare/

 

Yes these are uncertain times, and we will get through it. And at the end of it all you will have a beautiful baby to shower with love.

If anyone need to connect during this time, our doors may be close, but our phone is still operating. Give us a call 0407 512 009 and we will happily have a chat with you about anything pregnancy and massage!