Infuse Issue 11 May 2020 - Page 20

"...boost productivity with a short stretching break or a trip to your kitchen to brew a homemade cuppa every hour." 5 Stay connected When you’re working remotely, communication is key. A quick phone call with your manager to start and end the day is a great strategy, as is regular team catchups via Zoom or Skype. To create a new sense of belonging, you could even organise lunch or a coffee break via video conference to cover the usual office chit- chat, or a virtual Friday afternoon pizza party to keep up the camaraderie. 3. Have a dedicated working space Get some fresh air… Cabin fever is real when WFH. To make it a little easier, set yourself up in a space with natural light and a window that you can open for fresh air. Make sure you get outside at some point during the day, too, even if it’s just to sit on your balcony or walk the dog around the block. Create a work-only zone away from the lounge, bedroom and kitchen bench. Having a dedicated workspace will help you to associate that specific location with work – you won’t be tempted to flick on the television to catch up on last night’s episode of your favourite program or open the fridge just because you can! Another bonus is that once you shut down your computer and leave your workstation at the end of the day, it’ll be easier to get back into ‘home mode’. 6 4. Take regular breaks When you’re in the office, it’s easy to strike up a conversation with a colleague at the water cooler or head outside for five minutes to grab a coffee – but when you’re WFH, these opportunities are few and far between. Instead, boost productivity with a short stretching break or a trip to your kitchen to brew a homemade cuppa every hour. © Dietitian Connection 20 Infuse | May 2020