During the workday
It’s very important to keep up with a routine during the day and act like you are still going to work. For example, you should get out of bed and get dressed.
Getting dressed also counts for days when you don’t have meetings over Zoom or Skype.
You can even take this time to (finally!) clean and organise your email.
- How to be more productive during the day
- How to make your home office work-friendly
- Boost your work productivity
Have a separate office set up to work from
You don’t need to have a whole room to yourself to be able to work from home – even a corner of a room or a desk in front of a window can be your home office if you set it upright.
Keep ergonomics in mind
Whether you have a desk that you sit at or a standing desk, you need to make sure that it’s set up ergonomically for you. Try out different chairs if you don’t have a specific office chair in your home, for example.
Keeping track of your time
Making sure that you keep up with work when you’re at home can be daunting, so it’s important that you keep track of what you’re busy with and what needs to be done by a certain deadline.
One way of doing this is to use the Pomodoro technique. This technique uses stretches of 25 minutes to work in, followed by 5-minute breaks during which you can stretch your legs and go and get a glass of water, for example.
Here are some of our favourite Pomodoro-style timers to help keep you productive
- ”My Tomatoes” Pomodoro Timer
- Engross app for Android and iPhone
- Forest: Stay focused for Android and iPhone
Project management and keeping in touch with your colleagues and clients
Thanks to technology, keeping in touch with your team and colleagues have never been this easy! Plus you don’t just have to rely on email and WhatsApp.
Some of our favourite project management and meeting software and applications include
Of course, working from home doesn’t mean that you have to work around the clock you still need to take time to relax and unwind and spend time with your family.
Relax and unwind
Hobbies and habits
Habits are also easier to keep up when you have some kind of way to keep track of them. You can either make a bullet journal with a habit tracker or use an app like HabitHub that’s available for Android and iPhone. Don’t forget to add exercise to your list!
You can also either take up a new hobby or indulge in one that you haven’t been doing because you haven’t had enough time. Try your hand at knitting, crocheting, sewing, or cooking. YouTube has lots of tutorials, not to mention using some of our magazines for craft and cooking inspiration.
Here are some more recipes you can try:
- 5 ingredient recipes for easy suppers
- 15 leftover chicken recipes
- Indian spiced roasted chickpeas
Our basic shopping list can also help you when you need to venture outside for food.
Stock up on your favourite magazines
When you venture to the stores, remember to stock-up your favourite magazines.
Many special offers are available from R10 off Vrouekeur, rooi rose, and People with your Checkers Xtra Savings card to magazine combo packs at selected stores.
You can also spend your time reading digital magazines – and you can get 50% off the annual subscriptions! Just follow this link.