Working from home is the new normal these days. While it definitely has its fair share of benefits, we can't deny that maintaining a healthy work-life balance when working from home can be quite the challenge.
We've been there too so we completely understand the struggle. We've thus compiled a list of 5 tips that will help you to maintain a healthy work-life balance, even when working from home.
1. Keep to a schedule
Creating and sticking to a regular schedule — just like a regular work day — is a great method to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, even whilst working from home. As much as possible, try to start and end your workday at the same time everyday.
Additionally, it might be helpful to set aside a couple of minutes at the beginning of the day, before you officially begin your work day, to plan your daily tasks and activities. This way, you'll also be able to hold yourself accountable and ensure that you're maintaining your productivity and efficiency, even whilst working from home.
2. Set some time aside to have a proper break
Sure it might be tempting to just simply sit at your desk and work while eating your lunch. However, it is important to set aside some time to take a proper break throughout the day. You certainly deserve one after working hard for the past couple of hours!
Additionally, rather than simply ordering in, take some time to prepare your own lunch. Cooking will give your brain an opportunity to catch a breather, whilst giving your eyes some time away from the screen. Preparing your own lunch also provides the opportunity for you to be mindful about what you're putting into your body, especially since you're likely to be less active whilst working from home. If you don't have the luxury of a longer lunch break, you can always meal prep for the week over the weekend.
Throughout the day, it would also be a good idea to just take a couple of 5-min breaks. During these breaks, be mindful and force yourself away from the screen for a couple of minutes. Sitting for extended periods of time throughout the day can do lots of damage to your health. Get up once in a while and take some time to walk around your home to stretch your legs and give your eyes some time to relax.
3. Take time to disconnect
It's definitely tempting to reach for your work laptop to check any emails that may come through, over the weekend. However, making a mindful effort to disconnect on your non-work days and non-working hours is truly necessary to maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Simple steps like removing your work email address from your phone or not checking your emails in the evenings and weekends or making the effort not to use your work laptop after working hours can truly do wonders at maintaining this healthy balance.
4. Create a distinct work space and one that separates work from your personal life
When working from home, your home now becomes a partial office, inadvertently leading to the mixing of your personal and working space. This ultimately often results in the inability to separate your working hours from your personal time.
This is also why it's particularly important to create a distinct work space that is separate from your living space. This includes keeping work out of your bedroom. Such a strategy will help your brain know when you’re off the clock, allowing you to maintain a healthy work-life balance, so that you can get ample rest to maximise productivity the next day.
To achieve a good and healthy work-life balance, you should also avoid sitting at your workspace on your days off and the weekends. Keep this space reserved for workdays only, so that you don't get tempted to work on days where you're supposed to be resting and getting recharged for the new week.
5. Knock off when it's time to
With your home becoming your office, it's often tempting to continue working even when it's time to knock off, and to work overtime. However, this will only contribute to overworking yourself, and potentially, a burnout as well.
You need to give yourself sufficient time to recharge your batteries. Doing so will allow you to refresh and prepared to take on your work challenges, so that you can maintain your optimal level of productivity and performance.
These are some of our favourite tips to maintain a healthy work-life balance even whilst working from home. For additional tips on how to maximise your productivity when working from home, head to this article: 4 WFH tips for peak productivity.