It’s hard. When work is always present, it’s very easy to constantly start more work. But it’s also not healthy. When you don’t have an appropriate work life balance, you start to hate your work… and feel resentful about what you aren’t accomplishing in your daily life.
There are a few things you can do to have work life balance when working from home.
1. Set regular hours for yourself and stick to them.
This will help you create a routine and keep your work life separate from your personal life. Let everyone know your hours too; this tells them when they shouldn’t be bothering you with home-related tasks. Sometimes, work-related balance goes the other way, and you find you can’t get work done because of your home life.
2. Take breaks throughout the day to relax and rejuvenate yourself.
Go for a walk, take a nap, or just step away from your work to clear your head. This will help you come back to your work refreshed and ready to be productive.
3. Make sure to schedule time for fun activities outside of work.
Make plans with friends, go on dates, and do things that you enjoy. This will help you stay balanced and prevent burnout. Try to make sure that you are truly balanced; take a look at how much time you’re spending on both work and play.
4. Talk to your friends and family.
It really helps to have a strong support system. Let them know what you’re struggling with and ask for their support. They can help hold you accountable and make sure that you’re taking care of yourself. You can also talk to your colleagues.
5. Eliminate additional distractions.
Distraction is everywhere. Scheduling can help manage these distractions. Set your working hours and let your family members know. This will help keep you from getting distracted.
6. Continually reassess whether you need to improve your work-life balance.
As your life changes, so will your needs. Make sure that you’re always taking a step back to see if the way you’re doing things is still working for you. Ask family and friends if it seems like you’re working too hard or too little and what you can do to better be there for them.
7. Talk to your boss.
Today, it’s one of an employer’s responsibilities to make sure you have opportunities for appropriate work-life balance. If you find that your work is constantly infringing on your life, it may be something that your employer has to address in terms of workload and processes. Keep them looped in, as they don’t want you to experience burnout either.
Working from home can be tough, but we are tougher. We just have to remind ourselves that we can do anything we put our mind to and remind ourselves of our own personal goals other than that of our career. Let us take care of our health mentally just as much as physically.