Many people are now working from home and enjoying a bit more flexibility within their day. However, in order to stay sharp and happy working from home, you’ll need to establish some home office rules and routines.
Don’t start working the minute you wake up.
It’s easy to roll out of bed and immediately log into work, but this could potentially be setting you up for a 10-hour day, causing you to burn out. Instead, go through a morning routine. Give yourself time to get ready for the day, work out, brew some coffee, or get some fresh air. Having a routine will allow you some much-needed “you” time before starting work.
Workspace is for work only.
One of the best things you can do when you are working from home is to give yourself a space where you do nothing but work. Being able to dedicate a work-only area will allow you to set boundaries for your day. Be sure to remind your family or roommates of your working hours to help minimize distractions.
Leave your workspace.
Working from home is great, but it’s important to try to stay in your normal work routine. For instance, if you left the office for lunch, do it at home. Walk away from your workspace and enjoy lunch somewhere else in your home. Giving yourself breaks from your workspace throughout the day will get you moving and avoid sitting for 8 hours straight.
Working from home can be a great way of gaining control of your schedule and life; it can also do the exact opposite by taking over your personal time and space. To embrace all the benefits that working from home has to offer, spend time creating boundaries that promote a healthy work-life balance.
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This article was originally published in May 2020 and has been recently updated.