Working remotely can be challenging for many employees. As this becomes the new normal, establishing and maintaining boundaries between your work and personal life is essential to your happiness and success. Here are six tips to help you achieve a healthy work-life balance while working from home.
- Stick to your morning routine. Wake up, and do the things you normally do. Don’t open your laptop and check your email right away. Make it a priority to continue your morning routine and take some time for yourself before starting the day.
- Set a schedule. Working from home doesn’t mean you need to stay plugged in at all times. Establish a clear schedule and do your best to stick to it. Let colleagues know when you’ll be available and only respond to emails and calls during your set hours.
- Use technology. Even though you can’t meet face-to-face or share printed documents, your job can still be done effectively from home. Create efficiencies by leveraging virtual meeting platforms, online communication tools, and digital document storage solutions.
- Take breaks. You take breaks to get some fresh air, eat lunch, and chat with coworkers at the office, so why should it be any different while working remotely? Take a break to eat a proper meal, cross something off your to-do list, or exercise during your workday. Stepping away, even for just a few minutes, will make a big difference.
- Stay active. While you may not be able to hit the gym or attend your favorite workout class, it’s important to stay active. Go for a walk or download a fitness app—however you decide to move, exercise can increase your energy and productivity.
- Create a designated workspace. Whether your kids are home from school, or there’s a pile of laundry waiting to get folded, there are distractions at home you wouldn’t typically find in an office. Create a space—be it a designated office or a dining room table—that’s free of clutter to help you focus on your day-to-day workload.
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