Given the shifting workplace structure due to the coronavirus pandemic, more and more Americans are now working from home – in fact, a new MIT report shows that 34% of Americans who commuted to work previously are now working from home due to the coronavirus.
One of the biggest challenges of working from home is finding a healthy work-life balance, since it can be easy to begin blurring that line when it’s all happening at home. However, it is possible to maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life if you keep your mental and physical well-being top of mind by following these tips.
1. Establish physical boundaries
It can be easy to blur the line between work and play when it’s all happening under the same roof. That’s why it’s important to have a physical space that functions as your “work area,” whether that be an entire room or just one corner of a room.
The physical separation of your work area from the rest of your space will help you get into the work zone when it’s working hours – then when you’re done for the day, you can physically leave that area behind until it’s time to work again, giving you the opportunity to wind down and decompress from the day.
2. Separate business and personal communication
Working from home often means forwarding your business phone to your cell phone, which can also mean answering business calls and texts at all hours of the day, whether you want to or not.
Luckily, the NetLines business phone app offers the ability to separate business and personal calls while still using just one cell phone by providing users with a different phone number for all business calls and communication. That way, you can better screen your calls and know whether it’s work-related before accepting.
You can even silence your business calls when you’re done with work for the day, so you can enjoy your phone for personal use without worrying about business interruptions.
3. Schedule time for acts of self-care
Whether it’s going for a walk in the middle of the day, taking a break to practice meditation or taking a longer lunch to make a delicious meal, it’s important to take time for yourself throughout the workday in order to stay motivated. Simple acts of self-care go a long way in providing relief for your mind and body – especially if you sit in a chair staring at a screen for most of the day.
4. Take time off when you need it
While it may feel difficult or even selfish to take time off from work during this time, it’s important to step away from the “office” when needed in order to decompress, relax and take your mind off of anything that has been causing stress.
Once you’re ready to return, you’ll be able to refocus your energy and bring a fresh perspective to the table that will be more beneficial for yourself and your workplace in the end.
If you’re worried about missing work or business calls, our auto attendant app can greet callers with a custom message, handle call forwarding, and more so you can switch off without concern.
5. Establish a work schedule and stick to it
Often times people who work from home end up working longer hours than those who work in a physical office because it can be easy to get into a groove and continue working well past 5 p.m. without even realizing it. However, this is a quick way to cause burnout.
It’s important to establish a goal time that you would like to sign off every day – and try to stick to it. If your colleagues reach out to ask something of you past that time, consider politely letting them know that you are offline for the evening, but you will get to it the next day.