Over the last 18 months, many of us have found increased productivity and flexibility thanks to the working from home lifestyle we were forced to adopt due to the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst working from home may ease childcare issues, reduce commute times, and provide more opportunities for quality time with loved ones, remote working can make it difficult to switch off at the end of the workday.
When you’re working in the same environment where you cook dinner and bond with your family, it can be difficult to find a healthy work life balance. So, we’ve compiled our top tips to help you achieve a healthy work life balance whilst embracing the benefits of remote working life.
Disclaimer: This is a guest post, I have been compensated for my time.
Tip #1 – Head Outside
When you are working from home, lots of the triggers for leaving the house suddenly become nonexistent. You no longer need to get up to catch the early morning train or miss rush hour traffic. As a result, it’s easy to get into the habit of staying indoors for long periods of time without enjoying the fresh air outside your door.
This can lead to a temptation to overworking and an inability to switch off from work mode. If your environment hasn’t changed, this can make it difficult for your mindset to change too. Plus, spending time outside is proven to improve your overall mood and reduce feelings of stress or anger.
So once the clock strikes 5, you can rid yourself of the work day’s stress by closing the laptop, pulling on your favourite walking socks and comfiest trainers, and heading outside. This also provides a physical separation of your workday from your evening, which helps you to balance your work priorities with your personal life.
Tip #2 – Make Social Plans
When life gets busy, it’s easy for the weeks to roll by without spending any quality time with your friends. This is particularly true if they don’t live locally to you, or if they also have a busy schedule. This is why it’s critical that you set specific time aside to catch up with your friends and family.
If you don’t allocate specific time to social plans, it’s easy for your life to become consumed by work tasks. Without evening or weekend plans, it can be tempting to work beyond your specified work hours, and this is not beneficial when trying to achieve a healthy work/life balance.
So, whether it’s a cinema date, catching up over coffee, or a Zoom call, it’s essential that you build social activity into your weekly routine. You should also plan these activities to occur shortly after you finish your workday. If you have a social event at 6 pm, it’s virtually impossible to continue working past 5 pm, forcing you to embrace a healthy work/life balance.
Tip #3 – Move Your Body!
It’s commonly known that many of us struggle to implement a regular routine of physical activity into our lives. Fitting regular workouts around work hours, child care and additional commitments is definitely a challenge. Whilst it can be more difficult to get your steps in whilst working at home, it does present a great opportunity to build smaller workouts into your daily routine.
To achieve the best work life balance when working from home, it’s important to make the most of the free time you have. Why not wake up at the time you would have when you were at the office, and use your traditional commute time to enjoy a session at the gym, or complete an at-home workout? When it’s time for your lunch break, head outside for a brisk walk, or complete a ‘static walking’ step challenge thanks to the variety of fitness videos available on YouTube.
If you can schedule a workout straight after your workday, this will help to separate your evening from your workday, and will also allow you to clear your mind of any work-related queries or stress, leading to a healthier work life balance.
So there you have it! Three simple steps that you can implement into your weekly routine that will allow you to separate your work commitments from your personal life in order to achieve a healthier work life balance when working from home.