How To Make Working From Home Better | Reading Comprehension

Covid 19 is affecting Europe very badly now. Now there are many lockdowns in place across different countries in Europe. Many people are now working from home and working from home can be difficult. Here you can find some tips for making it better and you can practice your English reading at the same time!

Open the Curtains

It is important to let light into the room you are working in. Scientists across the world agree that sunlight is extremely important for our mental health. Freshness and nature are also good for our mental health. Sunlight helps us to feel calm, relaxed and focussed on our jobs. If you can, put your desk near a window. Another thing to try is opening the curtains and cleaning the windows! Other ways to let more light into the room include painting it white and using mirrors!

Keep the noise down

Having a nice, relaxed atmosphere is very important when working at home. This also means keeping the noise down. Sharp, sudden and loud sounds are very distracting when we are working. So if you live next to a busy street with lots of cars passing by, make sure to keep the windows closed so you can get some peace and quiet! Using rugs and heavy curtains can also absorb the sounds from outside better. This means you can work better in peace!

Tidy up

It is also important to have a tidy home while you are working there. When there is a lot of mess, it makes us very stressed which has a very negative effect on our ability to work. Your home is a bit like your brain. If your home is very cluttered, then your thoughts and mood will be very disorganised too. Some tips for this are to have a regular tidy up and use lots of storage containers to keep your things in.

Stand up

Sitting down all day has a very negative affect on us. Now that we are staying at home all day working, we are not walking to catch the bus or even walking around the office to talk to colleagues. This means our general physical activity level is far lower than usual. Therefore it is important to remember to stand up regularly and walk around the house! When you are not working, try to get outside for some exercise too, or do some yoga.

Get some plants

Having plants in your home is very beneficial to your general health. They reduce stress, anxiety and blood pressure. They also absorb CO2 from the atmosphere which also helps you to think more clearly. Even just looking at natural things can help our brains relax so it is good advice to buy some plants for your home. Watering the plants is a good excuse to stand up and walk around too!

We hope you enjoyed our tips for working at home. Why not try our quizzes on the vocabulary and content too?

How to Work Better From Home | Definitions Quiz

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How to Work Better From Home | True or False

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Adapted from https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-54886125

ESL Video Exercise: Tips to Work from Home

Eccoci dunque oggi con un Listening Exercise che ci parla di come amministrare al meglio il tempo in cui lavoriamo da casa. Questi consigli – come ad esempio prendere una pausa ogni tanto, o svegliarsi comunque sempre con un dovuto anticipo – ti aiuteranno ad avere una percezione più mirata e concentrata sul tuo lavoro, anche svolgendo esso da casa! (cosa che pensiamo sia una realtà concreta per molte persone, soprattutto in questo periodo storico).

Oltre che esercitarti, appunto, con i Quiz che noi di Scrambled Eggs Milano abbiamo creato appositamente, potrai ricevere quindi degli importanti suggerimenti che ti potranno aiutare ad amministrare serenamente la tua routine.

Detto questo, allora, che ne dici di partire dando un’occhiata al video che ti proponiamo? Poi mettiti alla prova con gli esercizi per vedere se davvero hai capito come sfruttare queste indicazioni:

Difficile? Spero di no. In tal caso puoi riguardarlo usufruendo dei sottotitoli!
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Tips to Work from Home | True or False

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5 Things to Do at Home During Milan’s Quarantine

With nearly everyone in Italy now staying at home due to the severe coronavirus outbreak in the country, we take a look at 5 different things you could do at home during these weeks.

Reading

We all lead such busy lives nowadays. There is never the time to just sit down and read a good book. Well, now that going to a restaurant or bar on an evening is no longer an option, perhaps now is the best time to start reading. Pick up a book and get lost in an exciting fantasy world, discover some interesting facts about science or history, or get hooked on an intriguing murder mystery. Reading has been shown to increase intelligence, reduce stress, help you sleep and boost brain power. It’s the equivalent to giving your brain a workout!

Work out

The hardest thing about going to the gym is often actually leaving the house to go. But now you don’t have to! There are thousands of videos online giving great workouts for you to follow while you stay at home. No weights or machines at home? No problem! There are plenty of workouts you can do without any equipment whatsoever, so there is no excuse to not keep fit while we are all doing our part to stop the virus. So clear a space in your room, load up a good workout video and prepare to get sweaty and feel good. Research shows that just 30 minutes of exercise each day can help boost our general health and well-being.

Watch a movie or series

This is probably the most common thing people will be doing at home right now. Simply pick a movie or series to watch, sit back, relax and enjoy. Many people think watching movies is the sign of a laziness, however, research shows that it does not have to be a guilty pleasure. Watching films can help us learn, drive social change, process difficult life decisions and can be social experiences with our family and friends. Watching movies and series as well helps us appreciate the art of film making. So don’t feel bad for sticking on a classic movie or catching up with the latest series during this time!

Practice Art

No matter who you are, everyone has an artist inside them. Whether it be a painter, illustrator, musician, writer, film maker or designer, everyone has an art form they can use to express themselves. And if you think you’re not one of these people, think again! Every one of us has a creative spirit waiting to be unlocked and now is the perfect time to practice your craft. So pick up the pencils, paintbrushes, guitar, cello or sowing needles and let your imagination run free.

Learn a language

What a surprise! Now that we have more time to ourselves why not choose a new language to learn or keep practicing the one you’re learning now. Language learning has been shown to help develop strong cognitive skills, mental flexibility, listening skills, problem-solving, expand brain power and helps us create new and exciting relationships with other people who we would never otherwise speak to. It can also improve your life prospects with more chance of getting a great job and being super useful when you are travelling. Scrambled Eggs has a team of great teachers ready to give lessons online via Skype, Google Hangouts and many more platforms. So get in touch and make use of your time while you’re staying at home.

Now that you’ve read the article, see how well you know the words in bold by doing the quiz below!

5 Things to Do at Home Definitions Quiz

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