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Working from home? Here’s how to have better work/life balance

Working from home has a lot of perks, from skipping long commutes and forgoing work clothes to having the flexibility to juggle family responsibilities. Despite the benefits, it can also be challenging to balance work and personal life. Without the sharp contrast of being in and out of the office, work can easily bleed into the rest of life and sometimes vice versa.

Here are some tips for finding a healthy work/life balance when working from home.

Have dedicated work hours.

One of the challenges people face when working from home is being as focused and “unavailable” as they were when working from an office. The trick is to set clear boundaries around your focused work time for both yourself and others living with you. Here is how:

Make yourself unavailable.

Having dedicated non-work hours is as important as having dedicated work hours. If your work and non-work time begin to blend, you will feel like you are always “on.” Here is how to set clear boundaries for your non-working life:

Limit computer use for “fun.”

Leisure time can be linked to things you do on your computer, smartphone, tablet, or another device. This can make it tricky to disengage from work when you are trying to relax. If possible, have a separate device (often a smartphone that does not have any of your work apps or emails installed) for reading the news, listening to podcasts, emailing friends, engaging on social media, etc.

Take breaks to recharge throughout the day.

Just like office workers take breaks to chat at the water cooler, wander over to a coworker’s cube, eat lunch in a communal dining area or run a quick errand, people who work from home need pauses during the day to recharge as well.

Do something you find relaxing that does not involve staring at a screen. Ideally, it should be something where you are moving (as you are likely sitting for long stretches of time during the day). It could be cooking, walking in the neighborhood, or taking a bike ride. If you have kids, break time is a great time to engage with them and get them up and moving too.

Special tips for working from home with kids.

Working from home when your children are there presents extra challenges. Here are some tips to help you meet your kids’ needs while still being able to focus on your work.

May 1, 2020

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