First day of isolation, and a blog reboot

As we are now living through a true global pandemic, I like many others in the UK, am following advice from the government and beginning a period of isolation. As I have an underlying health condition, congestive heart failure, this for a recommended period of 12 weeks. So, for the next 3 months I am spending my time locked up in my own house. To try and prevent myself from going stir crazy, I’m going to try and reboot this blog. It has been a long time since I posted and could not even remember the password for the old site, I have wiped the old site and started again afresh.

I am very fortunate to work for an employer who understands the situation and is willing to help work with me to allow me to follow government advise; and to have a job that enables me to work from home without a huge amount of disruption.

I would like to share a couple of the tips I have picked up over the last few weeks working from home, but not in full isolation, which have helped break up the day and ensured I can stay focused without going further insane

  • Keep in contact with colleagues and co-workers with tools like Skype and Teams, not just those who are working on the same project. A virtual coffee break with colleagues on other projects/assignments is important, just like meeting people at the coffee machine.
  • Break the day by watching a webinar or training video, this helps prevent the day from being the same. A few good sources are:
  • Listen to some music, or even a podcast or two. Some background noise can help keep the mind from wandering. It has been great to rediscover some of the great tracks in my music library that I haven’t heard in a long time.
  • Take regular breaks, where you stand up and move around. Even a break to go and make a cuppa tea is a bit of movement. I have found my apple watch is great at reminding me to stand up and move at least once an hour.