Clare Beal Account Manager from our Private Client's Division and member of our beach hut team, tells us her working from home story...
Where is your new office?
The dining room.
What are your tips for staying motivated and on top of work during lockdown?
Making sure you try and keep to a routine and make your own head space. I have taken up running to give myself some ‘me’ time. It's important to take regular exercise, as I find that working from home you’re sitting down for longer periods of time, not getting up to go to the printer etc.
What has been the biggest challenge since working from home?
My biggest challenge was at the beginning of lockdown when it was all very new to us all. Trying to explain to my three year old daughter that ‘mummy is working' was tough, as was not being able to give her my full attention. However, we've found a routine and I plan out her days to ensure that she has activities to keep her busy whilst I am working and taking customers calls.
Have any positives come out of working in lockdown?
Lots, my daughter has never seen her Daddy so much, he has been furloughed so on my days off we have enjoyed lovely family days together.
We’ve decorated the house, purchased new cook books, made a fairy garden, my daughter has learnt to ride a bike and we've found many new walks.
Another positive is the money saving, I have learnt that I don’t need to ‘pop’ into the supermarket every day on the way to work and there are so many things you can do that do not cost a penny.
What do you miss most about the office/colleagues?
I miss the chat in the office and the way we bounce ideas and questions off each other when needing assistance.
I also miss the drive home from work, as that was my wind down time, which is why I have taken up running.
How are you utilising your permitted daily exercise?
I run 6 times a week and take part in a socially distanced bootcamp in the neighbouring village. I have also been walking and taking my daughter for bike rides.