Setting healthy boundaries
Working from home promotes work-life balance, but it does not guarantee it. Even though it cuts out your commute and gives you flexibility with your time, it can still lead to anxiety, distraction and burnout.
Setting clear boundaries between your work time and your personal time promotes a healthy work-life balance.
Use Your Space
Even if you don’t have the luxury of a dedicated home office, there are still ways to separate your work area from your living space.
Reserve a corner of your table or a favorite chair just for work.
Use lighting to set the tone: the simple act of turning on a desk lamp sends a cue to your brain that it’s time to focus.
Use Your Music
Create a mini-playlist to transition into and out of your workday.
Studies show that music is effective in raising the efficiency of repetitive work.
Experts recommend instrumental music and nature soundtracks for total concentration.
Use Your Outfit
Dressing up for work (even when you work from home) can help you feel more focused and attentive.
Changing your clothing before and after work helps define the boundary between company time and personal time.
Use Your Schedule
Respect your time by cutting out distractions at home and by saying no to after-hours work.
Don’t forget to take your breaks—going for a short walk is better for stress relief than reaching for another coffee or scrolling through social media.
Even if your hours are flexible, try sticking to a consistent routine every day.
Sources: Business Insider, Wall Street Journal, We Work Remotely