How To Find Balance When Working From HomeWhether it’s attempting to stay connected to the team, struggling to find motivation or trying to avoid interruptions from your little “coworkers,” we’ve all encountered the unique challenges that come with working from home.
It’s already hard to find a work-life balance when you’re working at the office, but when you work where you also eat, sleep, cook and unwind, it’s that much harder.
We might think the answer relates to how we work during the day, but often, the solution can be found in how we’re preparing for the day ahead and how we’re telling ourselves the workday is over.
Here’s how the smallest changes in our routines and spaces can help us find the balance we need during a time that feels so out of whack.
Starting Your DayTry to stick to the same morning schedule and routine you had when you worked in the office, including your morning commute time. Get up at the same time every morning, get dressed for the day (dressing for the job can help keep you in the work mindset) and have your morning coffee just as you would heading to the office. The only difference is that you’ll use that extra time you would be commuting to have a big breakfast, read the newspaper, exercise or take on a new hobby. Do not use this time for anything work-related. To help keep a balance between work and life in the morning, make sure work doesn’t start until your actual start time.
Taking Time For LunchWhen you’re working at home, it’s easy to lose track of time. Make a plan every day to take a lunch break. Take a short walk around the neighborhood or try out that nearby lunch spot. It’s important to take breaks to rejuvenate. You can also schedule lunch-and-learn video meetings with your team.
“Leaving” The OfficeWalking out of the office usually signals the end of the workday, and our commute home gives us the time we need to decompress. When you don’t have a building to leave or a road to travel, you’ll need to get more creative.
Create a dedicated office space that you can physically leave and not return to until the next workday. If your home doesn’t allow for a permanent, physical space devoted solely to work, make one that you can easily set up and take down each day. The act of walking out of that room and closing the door or packing up your things should help signal the end of the workday.
Whatever time you get off work, schedule an activity that can help you unwind. You could take the dog for a long walk, create a new exercise routine, meditate or even host an at-home happy hour with your spouse, friends or roommate.