With remote work being the new norm we thought it was time to address ways to separate work and home life. You may be adapting to bad habits without realizing it, and though working from home to some is a luxury, you are not exempt from the necessity of a work-life balance. There are two sides to everything in life, and even working remotely comes with its share of negatives. Loneliness and isolation are the largest reported concern amongst remote workers. So, the question is how do you prevent yourself from falling into this feeling, or if you already feel this way, how do you reverse it?

1.GLORIFY YOUR LUNCH

Yes, I said glorify. Similar to working in an office, skipping your lunch is arguably less acceptable while working remotely. Your lunch break should be a time where you can get outside, go grab a coffee, and get some human contact. This is not a time for you to sink into the couch and zone out or take a nap. Get up and get your blood pumping. This hour is extremely important in recharging for the second half of your day to ensure maximum productivity so use it!

2.CREATE AN OFFICE SPACE

Though tempting, we highly suggest not using your couch as an office space. It is important that you try to dedicate a space in your home as your “office space.” You don’t want to associate a place of comfort and relaxation in your home (such as your couch) with work because it will be extremely hard to disconnect when you finally want to unwind. Even if it’s a small corner of your home, having a desk space is highly recommended. It will be easier for you to turn work “on” and “off” if you can designate a space for it.

3.STOP DOING CHORES

Something that poses a huge distraction to remote workers is chores. Though it can seem like it’s beneficial to throw in that last load of laundry or spend your lunch break doing dishes, I promise you it’s not. Save the chores for either the hours before or after work. Similar to creating a separate space in your home to work, this is just as important. The whole point is to separate work and home life and if you’re catching up on your chores every day while you’re supposed to be working, you’re doing the exact opposite.

4.CREATE A ROUTINE

We know, we know, just 10 more minutes. This one is for all of you alarm snoozers out there. Knowing that you do not have to get up and make a commute to work, is not an excuse to not get up. Sleeping in until the last possible second every day will only hurt you in the long run. We recommend finding a morning routine that suits you best and gets you prepared for your day. Regardless of if it is making a coffee, taking a walk, or watching a show, having a morning routine is highly likely to increase your productivity and sense of accomplishment throughout the day.

5.SIGN-OFF THE COMPUTER

Studies show that remote employees work an additional 1.4 more days per month than in-office employees which is nearly 17 additional workdays per year. It’s probably safe to assume that this is either due to skipping your lunch, or not singing off when your workday is done. Just like when working in-office, if your day ends at 5:00 and you are not mid-project, log off. This also includes weekends. Though it’s easier to check your email on a Saturday being that all your work equipment Is right there, it is a slippery slope. Before you know it, you’ll be logging on for 2 hours every Saturday.

6.ASK FOR HYBRID WORK

If you feel as though you have already fallen into this feeling of isolation and have tried the above steps in separating work and life, maybe asking your boss for a hybrid schedule (if it’s available to you) is a good idea. Having 2-3 days/week to get back into your sense of normalcy will do wonders. After all, not everyone likes working remotely for this reason.

If you are seeking a new role or a qualified candidate to fill an open role within your organization, please give us a call at (518) 275-4816 where we are happy to help find your perfect fit!

 

 

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