Work-from-home jobs or some sort of hybrid model has become the new norm. While working from home provides the convenience of zero commuting and potentially saves you some money in the process, not leaving the four walls of your home can get tiring.
Adapting to this new normal requires some effort and intention.
Let’s take a look:
1 – Block Time Off On Your Schedule Each Day
Protected time off in your day means no meetings, no phone calls, and nothing is allowed to be scheduled. This gives you guaranteed time to step away from your computer or a guaranteed time of silence and focus for completing tasks.
You don’t have to do this every day; however, consider it when you have a busy week or are feeling overwhelmed. It can help add some balance to the craziness of a work day.
2 – Cut Off Work At The Same Time Each Day
When you’re working from home, it can be easy and tempting to continue working for longer than your workday hours. You may think, “hey, let me just get this one thing done,” but don’t. Stay strict with the end of the work day so that you have time with your family and yourself and to live life.
You may be working from home, but it shouldn’t take over your home life.
3 – Limit Meetings
Meetings take time out of the day and can prevent any real work from getting done. Not to mention they are exhausting, and at the end of the day, not much gets accomplished. Reconsider if you need a meeting next time, and instead, try to work it out through an email conversation. This way your schedule is not tied down!
4 – Find Use For That Commute Time
You’re saving time on your commute, so find a way to use that time to benefit you. A regular routine that includes meditation, journaling, a workout, or something else, can go a long way toward helping you feel productive and healthy and reduce burnout.
5 – Have a Designated Work Space
Create a spot for work and stick with it. This trains your body and mind to be productive while you’re in that space. A designated workspace can also help you focus and cut out distractions.
6 – Maintain Your Diet
With your kitchen in the next room, snacking can be tempting. However, most work-from-home jobs require a lot of screen time which renders you sedentary. Don’t give in to the temptations, and try to maintain your diet. Drink plenty of water and eat at designated mealtime intervals.
The result will be fewer energy highs and lows throughout the day, you’ll feel more hydrated and refreshed, and there will be less guilt related to eating poorly!
7. Take Regular Breaks To Get Up & Move
Sitting hunched over a computer all day can take a toll on your neck and back. Every hour, schedule a few minutes to get up and stretch. Get moving and take a breather.
Another way to ensure you aren’t sitting with bad posture is to invest in a standing desk. These desks have adjustable heights, and whenever you feel like it, you can raise the desk and stand while you work!
It’s a great way to fix your posture for a little while and get the blood flowing into your lower limbs.
Working from home in any capacity is a wonderful shift in workplace norms. However, it can take a toll, just like working in an office. Having strict boundaries to protect personal time and space can help ensure you’re productive and still have a good work-life balance.