Working From Home Advice Q&A 👩🏼‍💻| More Hannah



I’ve been working from home for 6 years now and seeing as more and more people are currently trying to adapt to a working from home routine, I thought it’d be …

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  1. The part about acknowledging different circumstances is so so important! I'm a speech and language therapist and we were fortunate enough to be able to work from home. We were able to video call pretty much all our clients. My partner and I were both working from home and we made the kitchen table my work space and he got the computer room, as he needed the screens and computer more then I did. We don't have kids yet, so working from home wasn't too bad. One of my collegues however I.e., has a two year old walking around. So she wasn't able to put the same amount of hours and videocalling in as I was. I would be lying if I said it wasn't frustrating at times, but I would remind myself what the differences are and that it isn't permanent, and just completely fine. One of our shared clients however… Completely escalated and shouted on the phone because she "wasn't putting in the same amount of effort" and "wasn't flexibele or doing enough"… Very frustrating

  2. I find the best way of minimising my post lunch slump is to make sure I eat something which gives slow release energy all afternoon and is filling without being heavy. I also read something totally unrelated to work over said lunch break so I feel as if I've had a longer break than I have and return to work fresher. Plus thinking about my book and longing to get back to it motivates me to get through the afternoons tasks quicker!

  3. I actually like planning what to do in the morning because I struggle with starting to do the work, so planning the work makes it less 'intimidating' 😀

  4. My way to deal with my phone is to have it plugged into my stereo or a speaker elsewhere, playing some form of music I can work well to. As a uni student who sprained their knee, I had to find a way to do my assessments without the distractions. Getting up at a good time everyday (and yes, I include weekends, get up and get that morning walk or watch something on tv) helps a lot too.

  5. Love how you say how the apps are designed to get your attention, I hadn’t thought about it this way before and I think it really aids in being able to be self-compassionate when we find ourselves sucked into the app!

  6. As someone doing A-Levels atm this helps a little. When I'm at home working I work so much better in the afternoon and evening after dinner (I think it's because I have the mindset of when I get everything done I can sleep and it stops me procrastinating) but teachers are setting three times the amount of work we normally get and then saying we have to get it done and emailed in the normal lesson time slot. How do I get myself to do work during this time when no matter what I do I fall behind and then need more sleep?! If anyone has advice it would be good as on "Easter holiday" atm and have to go back to doing lessons next week.

    P.s. sorry for ranting but any help would be appreciated greatly!

  7. In terms of the phone thing, consider using an old phone if you have one, purely as a work phone. No Instagram, twitter, etc installed (unless you need them) and leave your personal phone somewhere out of mind. I'm planning to repair my old phone in the coming days, if my components arrive, to do exactly this.

  8. I was hoping you would talk about Pomodoro Timer–I swear by that method! I was literally watching this video during one of those breaks. I've been using this method for the last 2 years of grad school and it works really well: I use the Tide App and do 25 minutes focus, 10 minutes of YouTube while doing suduko, 25 minutes focus, 10-15 minutes of YouTube, etc. I definitely take a longer break than recommended, but it's the focusing part of the method that has always been the key for me. During that time, I don't check anything–phone notifications, Facebook, Instagram, etc.–although I do let myself check my time process so I know "okay, 5 more minutes then I can check my phone." For me, it works best for tasks that require focusing on one thing–reading, writing, working a spreadsheet, etc. Doing other tasks, I typically will use a break to complete look away from a screen–get up and walk around, take a break, etc. It works well there too. Best of luck for anyone who tries it!

  9. I've been working from home since mid-March. Until today, I've really struggled with my mental stability and creating a divide between home and work. I found myself "finishing" at my finish time but continued thinking about work or responding to e-mails/Skype messages on my work phone for another hour or longer. Combine that with not stepping outside or even having the motivation to do so and you end up with quite a toxic environment that simply isn't healthy.

    Over this past weekend, I decided that enough was enough and spoke to some friends and family about how I felt. Doing this has changed my mindset and helped lift me out of my rut. Now, I've managed to do my first session of yoga with a creator here on YouTube during my lunch break, which felt really good and helped calm my mind after the morning shenanigans. After work, I shut everything down immediately, stowed it away and went for a 20-30m walk, which has allowed for that clear divide between home and work that I was missing. I then followed up with a new workout routine!

    Now, as I type this before bed, I can say that today has been one of the best WFH days I've had. I intend to maintain this new schedule to come out of this situation healthier, both mentally and physically.

    Thanks for the video Hannah! Apologies for the slight wall of text. 😅

  10. I think the best way out of a post lunch slump is gentle exercise! I’d say save your hardcore for in the mornings before work or after you finish, but a short walk/yoga video for those who could do it can be like a human reset button! Good luck everyone 🌞

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