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Making the transition from working in an office to working remotely

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Since the first rumblings of the COVID-19 pandemic, hybrid and remote working has gradually become the ‘new normal’. If you’re currently in the process of making the switch from working in an office environment to working remotely at home, consider taking these simple steps to ease the transition and get the best out of your new lifestyle: 

Picking up a new hobby – When working in a remote office, it’s important to get away from the computer and take a break every once in a while, especially if you’re working in a smaller space. Whether it’s dusting off that old guitar, bingeing your favourite TV show, digging your bike out of the garage, starting on a pile of unread books, or finding a new hobby altogether, you must take the time to treat yourself and stay active doing the things you enjoy – this will positively affect your wellbeing and productivity. 

Review your exercise plans – While the idea of not having to face a busy morning commute can certainly be appealing, the fact is that remote workers get less exercise and tend to be stationary more often, especially if they work at a desk. For the sake of your mental and physical health, you must take regular exercise each day, whether that be desk exercises, trips to the gym before or after work, yoga, pilates, or personal training streaming in your front room or garden. Try to fit your exercise plans around your new working schedule.     

Get creative with your lunches – When working remotely, it can be easy to fall into the trap of relying on snacks, ready meals, and unhealthy fast food for sustenance, especially if you’re busy or facing a heavy workload. Instead of reaching for those instant noodles, consider these quick and easy recipe ideas for healthy meals that you can prepare on the fly.  

Change your working environment – Sprucing up, rearranging, or modifying your working environment can go a long way in improving productivity and boosting motivation, especially if you’ve been working remotely for a long time. Consider a fitted office furnishing to switch up your work-from-home setup and make better use of smaller spaces.

Stay social –  It can be easy to become isolated when working from home, and socialising has been proven to improve your mood and well-being and foster better results at work. When making the transition from the office to remote working, you must maintain a social life and ensure that you stay in regular contact with colleagues, friends, and family, whether that be via a quick video call or a physical meeting after work. 

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