Working From Home with Hannah Durston
Summarise what your job is?
I am a Solicitor specialising in private client matters such as Wills, Trusts, tax planning, Powers of Attorney and estate administration.
How do you get ready to start your day?
I am enjoying having a little more time in the mornings rather than rushing to jump in the car to tackle the commute from Maidstone to Canterbury. A leisurely cup of tea, some breakfast and a short dog walk sets me up for the day. I stick to a routine to get the best out of the working day and by doing that, find it easier to separate ‘work’ from ‘home’ once I close the computer down in the evenings.
What do you miss working in the office?
The company! The office environment at Whitehead Monckton is open and my colleagues are all so approachable so I miss discussing various work (and non-work!) matters with them. We are keeping in touch with each other regularly via video calls which adds a different dimension, and there’s no arguing over the tea/coffee rounds at home!
What is the most challenging part of your job working from home?
Working from home is something I’ve always got on well with and I’ve enjoyed having more hours in the day without the commute, which has freed up time for leisure activities which previously got put to one side due to not having enough hours in the day. I’ve surprised myself with how well disciplined I’ve been being so close to the biscuit tin too!
How do you relax when you finish work?
I have been trying to exercise daily throughout the lockdown period as I think it’s really important for mental health as well as the obvious physical health benefits, although some weeks have been more successful than others in this respect. I’ve also been trying a few new sporting activities out at home, including virtual body pump classes, boxing fitness, football and aussie rules football and have recently taken to tennis since the courts reopened. I’m extremely fortunate to have a garden so I enjoy pottering around out there, although by no means do I know what I’m doing!