Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than half of all Americans have stated that they have been working from home. Many people have significantly enjoyed working remotely. They stated that they have felt more productive and motivated when surrounded by what is familiar. This is expected. But Americans are also stating that they have struggled with the sudden and drastic uprooting of their routine. Read on to learn more strategies on how to find a work-life balance while working remotely.
Create Boundaries and a Schedule
More than anything else create boundaries. It is super important to create a schedule of work hours and family hours, and communicate those hours with the rest of your family. Set specific and strict boundaries, where you will not be available to your family during work hours except for emergencies, or to your boss during family hours. This way, you can fully focus on each aspect of your life individually. You can give your full attention to your spouse and kids as well as to your work. This helps you to be both more productive and more present.
Did you know it is equally important to care for yourselves during this pandemic? Take a look at 3 Ways of practicing self-care during the pandemic.
Take Breaks – Most Important Rule of Work Life Balance
Generally, at work, you would have a 30-minute to a one-hour lunch break, depending on where it is that you work. You may also have a schedule such as a 15-minute break every two hours and a 30-minute lunch every four. While at home, it is tempting to skip breaks altogether, or simply eat while working. However, it is scientifically proven that taking short breaks from your work can help you to perform at a higher level. Set alarms for yourself as reminders to take breaks, hug your dog, eat something, or simply stretch your legs.
Working Remotely? Have a Dedicated Space
You don’t have to have an entirely separate office room, but simply carving out an area of your house that is solely dedicated to working – and is not used for any other purpose, such as your bed or your dining room table – can help your brain to begin associating this place with productivity, helping you to become more focused. Perhaps you can set up a folding table facing the wall or a window in your bedroom, or a desk that may not be currently in use. Whatever the situation may be for you, just have a space that you work in every day, so that your brain and your body can get used to this routine.
To summarize, three of the most important steps you can take today to improve your work-life balance are –
- Have dedicated time for work and family
- Take frequent breaks
- Have a dedicated workspace somewhere in your home that is always used for work.
By taking just these three simple steps, you should begin to see a dramatic improvement in your productivity and overall mental health.
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