In many ways, the growing popularity of working from home is understandable. You can wear pajamas, and you can’t beat the commute. However, remote work does have its challenges. Particularly, how do you create a boundary between work and the rest of your life when they happen in the same place? Maintaining a work/life balance while working remotely can be difficult, but with these tips, it doesn’t have to be.
1. Ease Into Your Morning
Before you launch into work in the morning, take some time for yourself. Enjoy your coffee, meditate, or go for a run. Do something that has nothing to do with your job. This will help center you and create a time barrier between your home life and the long workday ahead.
2. Create an Office
Having a dedicated space where you do all of your work-related activities creates a divide between your work and home lives. If you work in the same space where you eat dinner or watch TV at night, it can be difficult to turn off your work brain at the end of the day. A change of scenery, even a small one, can help you feel like you’re off the clock.
3. Schedule Your Day
The time flexibility that often accompanies remote work is something of a double-edged sword. It’s nice to be able to work when you choose, but without a set schedule, it can be easy to lose focus and allow your work to continue well beyond normal work hours. A schedule gives your day structure and forces you to complete your tasks in a more efficient timeframe.
Maintaining a balance between work and home can be especially tricky when you live in your workspace. Fortunately, if you follow these guidelines, you can work from home without letting work take over your life.