Over the last year and a half, we have adapted to working from home so well that the mere thought of going back to the office leaves us shuddering! It’s safe, convenient, and requires minimum human interaction (introverts for life!), and we love it. However, reality hits hard when you realise that you never really log off from work at home. You’re responding to client emails while having lunch, brainstorming ideas while lying on your bed at night and responding to your bosses text way past work hours.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that the line between work and personal life has blurred ever since we started working from home. And if you don’t take matters into your own hands soon, there can be serious consequences to your mental and physical health. So, we have listed out a few tips that you can follow to maintain a work-life balance while working from home.
- Maintain a morning routine that isn’t work-related
- Create a home office to separate life from work
- Never miss out on your lunch breaks
- Take time out after work to do things that you love
- Don’t switch on your office laptop once you log out for the day
Maintain a morning routine that isn’t work-related
Starting your day by going through your emails or presentations is not healthy. So, to strike a balance between your work and life, it is important to take some time out for yourself in the morning before you sit to work. Just brew up your favourite coffee or tea, meditate or do yoga for some time or go out for a walk. Basically, do anything but think about your work and you’d feel less stressed throughout the day.
Create a home office to separate life from work
To make sure you don’t let your work take over your life, we suggest creating a home office or workstation for yourself. This way, you are creating a separate office-like environment for yourself at home from which you can separate yourself once office hours end. So, invest in a good desk and chair, add a few cutesy posters and indoor plants and make a mini office for yourself.
Never miss out on your lunch breaks
Remember the good ol’ days when you used to simply leave your desk because it was lunch break? Yeah, well now it is mostly spent alternating between eating and typing on your computers. So, to make sure you maintain work-life balance while working from home, take at least half hour off for lunch to relax your eyes and mind. Drop a message to your team to let them know that you won’t be available for that time and just take a breather.
Take time out after work to do things that you love
Plan some activity or indulge in a hobby after your work hours. This will help calm your mind and loosen your nerves. Also, it will give you something to look forward to while you are slogging in front of your laptops. Take up a hobby; paint, sing or dance — do anything that your heart desires. You have earned that time off.
Don’t switch on your office laptop once you log out for the day
Most of us usually have a separate office laptop, so we strongly suggest shutting it down once your office hours end. But if you’re using your personal laptop for office work, make sure you don’t check your emails or respond to ‘urgent’ changes that your boss has asked for after work hours. Think of it as you won’t have to rush back to the office once you clock out just because you missed something, right? You can always make those amendments the next day. So relax, shut down your laptop and don’t engage in any office communication once your day ends.