With the Coronavirus pandemic that’s currently gripping the world, millions of people have suddenly pulled away from their offices and are working from home. While this may seem great at first, the novelty can quickly wear off and your work and personal life could start to merge. Here are ten tips to help you maintain the perfect balance between the two.
Set your work hours
When working from home many lines can get a little blurry. Opposed to when you are in an office environment, and working hours are definitely one of them. Even though you are working at home, make sure that you stick to a routine. Start and finish work at the same time every day, making sure to finish when the clock strikes home time. It’s easy work for a bit longer than you should, especially if you are finding some of your office work tasks challenging. Managing your time and making sure to stick to your work hours, you will set a clear boundary between work time and personal time.
Plan out your workday
Take a look at your week and determine achievable goals while identifying up and coming deadlines. Once you have an idea of what your week looks like, you will be able to work more effectively. It will provide you with a better work-life balance.
Plan out your personal activities
Making post-work plans will give you the extra push that you need to finish work on time. Also, providing you with something to look forward to. Personal time is crucial to your overall well-being, so allocating specific hours for personal activities allows for a positive work-life balance.
Tackle your biggest tasks in the morning
When planning your workday, identify the most important and time-consuming tasks and prioritize getting these done first thing in the morning. It will not only benefit your actual job, but your mental state of mind. You can relax knowing that the essential things have been taken care of.
Even though it can be tempting to sit in your pajamas all day long when you work from home - don’t! Studies have shownthat switching from casual home clothes into more work-appropriate attire helps with a switch in productivity. As soon as we put our pajamas on, our brain knows that it’s time to relax. Get dressed and ready for work every day just like you would if you were going to the office. While there’s no need to dress up in a suit, making the extra effort will help your mind get into work mode.
Set up a dedicated workspace
Being able to work from your bed might seem luxurious, but it isn’t a good idea if you want to be effective. Create a separate, designated workspace in your home that imitates your office environment to ensure that you can clearly distinguish between work and leisure.
Set realistic expectations
Setting your expectations too high or placing too much stress on yourself will reflect negatively on your work. Likewise, if you have children or pets at home, your attention will have to be slightly divided. Manage your expectations and workload realistically to reflect your new work environment so that your work-life balance isn’t thrown off.
It can be hard to go from a busy and social office to suddenly working alone every day. To keep feelings of loneliness at bay and are finding that you miss the office, make the most of communication tools. For example, you can utilize skype, zoom, and other various online platforms to maintain your daily social interaction with colleagues.
When you’re at home, it's easy to get caught up in what you're doing. Before you know it, you end up working through the entire day with no breaks. As you would in an office environment, you should plan coffee and lunch breaks into your routine. It will boost your productivity and give yourself a moment to breathe.
Get natural light and fresh air
Try to go outside for some fresh air and sunlight during the workweek as much as you can. This can include going for a quick walk outside, sitting in the garden, or simply opening your windows. When you work from home, it’s easy to stay indoors all week. This could be damaging to your mental health and result in a lack of Vitamin-D. Make getting out a priority for a happy and healthier work-life balance.