Coronavirus: tips for self isolation

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Been abroad in the last fortnight? The government is advising British holidaymakers to self-isolate even if they don’t have flu-like symptoms when returning home from the likes of Thailand, Taiwan, Italy et al.

But before you start salivating over the fact that you can work from home for 14 days – no commute! No need to be suited and booted! Breakfast at your ‘desk’ while watching Lorraine – let me tell you that homework isn’t always heaven. Rather you’ll need a good degree of self control and discipline to guarantee you meet your deadlines – and keep your sanity.

 Here are six suggestions to help ensure a good day at the (h)office…

1. There’s no harm in setting the alarm
Just because you no longer need to be in the office at 9am sharp, doesn’t mean you should sleep the morning away. Allow yourself an extra 45 minutes in bed (the average Londoner’s commute from door to desk), but be in front of your laptop ready to work at the normal time.

2. Get dressed
Tempting as it is to veg out in your PJs or favourite tracksuit bottoms, resist the urge. It’s still a working day, not the weekend, and you never know when your boss or a client will request a conference call via Zoom with a second’s notice (coffee stained pyjamas will not seal the deal)

3. Breakfast like a king
Remember the saying “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper”? Yep, your mum really was right: breakfast is the most important meal of the day – especially when working from home. Eating a good breakfast will stop you from scoffing an entire packet of chocolate digestives on the sofa at 11am and help you eat healthily the rest of the day. Make no mistake: working from a home that has a well stocked fridge, does your waist-line no favours at all.

4. Work it
Space is a luxury that few Londoners have but try to find somewhere to work that isn’t your bedroom/living room/kitchen. Otherwise the temptation to spend the day sleeping/watching Loose Women and dodgy Channel 5 soap operas/making yet another cup of tea is too hard to fight.

5. Think outside the box
Seeing as self isolation means avoiding all contact with other people, you won’t be able to hit the gym during your lunch hour or grab a bite to eat in the local cafe. To stay sane, treat yourself… Order a few workout DVDs online and get fit from the comfort of your own home. On the food front, try recipe boxes – here’s looking at Hello Fresh, Gousto, Mindful Chef and co.

6. Put it away
At the end of the working day, pack your laptop away. Leave it out and there’s always the temptation to return to uncompleted tasks – something office workers aren’t able to do once they have ‘left the building’. And lastly… good luck!

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