Don’t sit near the fridge

A short snuck-in post on my (otherwise) weekend blog.

Today I’ve been working from home and having also been home based for four years in the past, I can confidently say that the following advice posted on Facebook by my daughter is spot on:

• Move around a lot. Adopt the Pomodoro Technique – 25 minutes working, 5 minutes break.
• Try not to sit too close to the fridge (seriously).
• If possible, try to set up an effective workspace, i.e. not the sofa in your PJs.
• Have virtual ‘coffees’ with colleagues. Talk to each other. Use Skype, Microsoft Teams etc.
• Background music helps me – if you’re used to a busy office, it might help you too.
• Take a proper lunch break, move away from your workspace.
• Don’t be hard on yourself – it takes a lot of getting used to, so if you aren’t as productive as you’d like to be, then that’s ok.

And most importantly …… don’t sit near the fridge! 

 

11 comments

  1. Chuckle. My work desk which is a lovely little antique table, faces the kitchen. But now, I am currently looking after an antique wash stand, which is beautiful. After reading this post it’s going to be my new desk as it faces away from the kitchen.

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    • Oh, I love the sound of your pieces, Ratnamurti. When I lived in a Victorian house, much of my furniture reflected the period. Most loved was my dressing table which had a ‘secret’ drawer. Stay safe

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  2. This has made me chuckle. How very true!
    I don’t have to work from home, being retired, but I am thankful that my kitchen is far too small to have any sort of workstation close by, whatever I do – ironing, sewing, knitting, etc!
    Take care and stay safe. xx

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  3. I’m at work. I’ve no choice, as a nurse I’m deemed an essential service.

    M patients aren’t the sickest of the sick but a little bit of appreciation would be nice. The Facebook posts about appreciating health, police, fire, shop workers are nice but in reality they are nothing. We line up for our lunch breaks, we line up in the supermarkets, we still have to shop for gas for the car.

    Even getting time off for a long standing appointment is met with snarly comments by coworkers. The sad thing is, most of the nurses I work with are over 60 and we are there every shift. The young ones are calling out of their shifts because they have childcare problems, their child isn’t feeling well. They all have husbands and relatives in the area but they can’t come in.

    Honestly, I feel that those of us that plod in every day should be granted extra leave at the end of this. Instead the government of my province will be looking at lay offs of nurses.

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    • I absolutely support what you say, Linda, and truly many of us really are grateful. My mum was a nurse and if she’d been here, and able, I know she’d have been thereoffereing help. Three of my cousins are nurses too – I know how hard they are working. It’s awful that your government will be laying off nurses. Here in the UK we have a national shortage (I read that there are something like 50,000 NHS vacancies). Unless something is done to attract more nurses into the profession, it will only get worse. I sincerely hope that all governments will seek to reward medical staff for their huge commitment after this catastrophe

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    • My DILs have said how glad they are to have the children safely at home – even though that brings its own problems. Stay well

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  4. I worked from home during chemo treatments. It wouldn’t have mattered even if I sat next to the fridge because I had no appetite! Actually, that was one of the few times in my life when I was urged to eat! I didn’t get dressed for work, either.

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  5. Oh, I’, so glad that I no longer have to work now, in an office or at home, ha ha! I’d set up a work station adjacent to the fridge! Chilled chocolate within easy reach, ha ha!
    Seriously, even when I was freelancing, I got up and showered, washed and my hair and put on decent clothes and make up even to write at my desk here in the study. It just felt more business-like. And then when I left my desk to make a meal, I’d just pop on an apron.
    Margaret P

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    • When I worked at home regularly, I always ‘put on my face’ ‘ and dressed, if not in a suit, then tidily. Fortunately I have an upstairs office well away from the fridge!

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