We are always looking to find the right work-life balance. For those of us working from home, it is actually harder than it might seem. Working in our living space starts to blur the lines between our personal and work lives.
So to help we have put together a few tips you can follow to improve your work-life balance when working from home.
1. Have a set area to work from
Having a set space and proper work area is a great way to help you stay focused when working from home. By having a set work area you can also then switch-off by moving to another spot in your house.
Try to avoid making this space in your bedroom or another room you like to spend lots of time in. The whole idea is to create a separate work area in your home.
2. Set working hours
It’s easy to lose track of time when remote working and that can often mean working long into the evening. Many remote workers end up working longer hours than their normal 9-to-5.
Set yourself some firm working hours that you stick to so you avoid burnout. Define a clear daily schedule and stick to it. That will help you maintain a work-life balance when you work from home.
3. Get ready for work
If you fall out of bed and start working still half asleep and in your pyjamas your work will suffer. Much like we want to have a clear end to the day, you should have a clear start to the day.
Take some time to get ready for work. This will help you transition from non-work to work mode. Take time to make a coffee, have a proper breakfast and get dressed for work.
This helps shift your mind from work mode to personal mode, drawing a clear boundary between your work and personal life.
4. Take a proper lunch break
What we are trying to replicate is a ‘normal’ working day but at home. So continue to take your scheduled breaks. They are a good opportunity to get outside and get some fresh air as well as distance yourself from your workspace.
This will help you stay fresh and give you a proper break during your working day. Much like sticking to your schedule this lunch break will help stop you from overworking while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
5. Set clear boundaries
If you share a home with other people communicate with them a clear boundary of what is a work zone and what isn’t. This will help you avoid unnecessary distractions.
Make your schedule clear to anyone living in your home so you don’t get interruptions while you are trying to work.