Isolation:

Wednesday 8th April 2020

What
does it mean when it is suggested that we should always stand 2 metres away
from strangers? In the present situation self-isolation has become the latest “Buzzword”.
So now we are being asked to work from home if it is feasible to do. So in some
people it may be classed as a dream to work from home. However, working on your
own away from an office environment where you generally get a lot of positive
reinforcement and can see the body language from work colleagues around you will
be missed by some people. So, you’ll need a lot of self-confidence and discipline
to get through the day. Working from home does have its benefits but it also
has its challenges. One of the downsides is the possibility of being isolated,
we as human beings tend to be social animals. You may be a person who likes
their own company but when you’re being forced into it as Covid-19 has done you could be
facing some considerable time at home.

Setting
up a programme that you can follow during the day and the week, yes. you will need
to discipline yourself and you’re work activities, in other words create a work
regime to get you through what could be loneliness. Over the many years that I
have been working from home, let me say that the most important priority is to
PLAN and use your diary all the time. Some of you will say I don’t have time
for that I must get my work done believing we are being more productive when in
fact we’re wasting time worrying about the tasks and not being focused. We no
longer need to wonder whether working from home is a good idea this isn’t an option
in a lot of cases. The question now is “What are the issues that I have to deal
with now I’m working from home?”

Working
from home does have a lot of merits. The flexibility to be able to plan your
work around your life and not the other way around and the control you now have
with the organising of your work and the hours you can add back into your diary
from not having to commute further than the stroll from your bedroom to your
work station kitchen or dining table means more family time or leisure time to
relax. So chill out, plan your day and enjoy yourself.

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