More people are starting to work from home these days. Though working from home gives you a sense of freedom that working from the office doesn’t, there are a few unique challenges employees face. Chief among them is the struggle to make time for yourself without sacrificing your workday’s productivity. The temptation to keep working longer hours is very real, but it shouldn’t keep you from enjoying your home life. Here are a few tips to help you maintain a better work-life balance while working from home.
Set Firm Work Hours
When you work from home, it’s easy to get sidetracked and distracted by your family, friends, roommates and even your pets. Those small distractions are easier to avoid when you set firm work hours. Let everyone in your household know when you’re going to be working and when you’ll be free. Keep these hours the same throughout the week whenever possible. This will help you create a routine and makes it easier for you to get into the work-zone when needed and disconnect when you’re done. If you find it hard to keep track of your hours or don’t normally work a set schedule, consider using a time sheet app to help.
Build a Dedicated Workspace
Though working from home does make it easy to work from your couch or your bed, it’s not in your best interest. Those workspaces are far from ergonomic and can leave you feeling stiff and sore at the end of the day. Worse, they make it hard for you to not think about work when you’re supposed to be relaxing.
Instead, create a dedicated workspace in your home. It doesn’t have to be fancy. You can keep it as simple as taking over a dedicated seat at your dining table. However, if you have the time and the money, consider building a work area in a quiet spot in your house. Add a desk and an adjustable office chair to the space so you can work in comfort all day long.
Take Breaks Throughout the Day
When you work in an office, you’re expected to take at least a few breaks during your shift. This could be anything from a full half-hour lunch break away from your computer to microbreaks as you go to the restroom or refill your coffee mug in the breakroom. Try to maintain those breaks when you’re working from home. If you’d take a break in the middle of the morning at the office, do the same in your house. Step away from your computer and eat lunch in a different room to give your brain a break from work. You’ll be better able to stay productive throughout your shift so you’re not tempted to work overtime.
Keep Your Normal Routine
Without a regular commute to deal with, you’ll likely be tempted to set your alarm for a later hour or take your time eating breakfast and sipping on your coffee. Instead, try to keep to your normal routine. If you get up at 6 to commute to the office, set your alarm for the same time when you work from home. If your shift normally ends at 4:30, clock out at the same time when you’re working from home. This way, you’ll be able to separate work life from your home life clearly.
Get Dressed Like You’re Going to the Office
Believe it or not, getting dressed for the office does more than make you look presentable. It actually makes you feel like the professional you are. Though you’re free to work in pajamas or sweatpants when you’re working from home, try not to. Dress the same way you would if you were going into the office. You’ll find yourself being more productive and feel more confident throughout the day when you’re not spending your work hours in your fuzzy bunny slippers. Once you’re done for the day, you can unwind and relax by changing into your comfy clothes.
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll find it easy to make time for yourself when you’re working from home.
Publish Date: September 4, 2020 11:57 PM