The end of lockdown and a return to some semblance of normality means that many of us will be getting back to our old lives, so to speak.
However, spending so much time at home has certainly taken its toll and we’ve all become accustomed to doing things a certain way. While the prospect of leaving the pandemic behind us is a very welcome one, moving forward will require baby steps as we all acclimatise to the real world once again, so it’s important that we cut ourselves some slack!
I’ve put together a short list of ways that will hopefully help you maintain productivity as things get somewhat back to normal.
Plan Your Meals Ahead of Time
This may not sound like the most fun activity, but pre-planning your meals is a great way to ensure that your fridge is always fully stocked with what you need, when you need it. Months of working from home means that we’ve all become fairly used to having food within reach of our desks, but now that we have more freedom to socialise, grocery shopping isn’t likely to be top of our priorities… which spells trouble when hunger strikes. Avoid a meltdown by making a list of meals you want to make (and ingredients you need), and bring it along next time you do the big shop so you’re well prepped for the week.
Make the Most of the Commute
Now that restrictions have been eased, it’s likely that you may have to return to the office at some point too. Excited as I am to see my colleagues again though, one thing I didn’t miss is the commute. Instead of moaning about it though, why not try to make the most of the situation as best you can. Bring along a book or pop some earphones in and catch up on your favourite podcast. It will make the journey go a whole lot quicker too.
Get Out for an Evening Walk
Arriving home after a long day – be that from work or socialising – the last thing you’ll probably want to do is go out for a walk. But having spent so much time indoors over the past year, having a reason to leave the house is a nice change! I’m a firm believer that fresh air is always a good idea and with the evenings getting longer, we’d be foolish not to get out there and enjoy it while we can.