As the coronavirus pandemic continues to drag on, businesses are looking to keep many job positions remote until further notice. Has your remote job been extended? While we do appreciate that this is an effort to keep us safe, managing work from home is easier said than done. It’s far too easy to get caught up in day-to-day professional activities and never take a break. Or it can seem hard to find time to get any work done while at home with your family or partners! We understand this issue and help our clients understand the importance of balance. We want to share some tips that can help you manage your work life from home.
Assess your current work-life balance. In order to know what improvements you may need to make, it’s important to determine your current status. Think about categories such as your family, friends, health, and work and how satisfied you currently feel in those areas. You can also use our free Life Balance Wheel to help you with this exercise. What changes would you like to make for greater work-life balance?
Set boundaries. Think about your current work schedule and boundaries that you could set according to your industry and situation. Will you answer work emails after 7 PM? Will you work on weekends? Do you need a quiet area in the house for certain hours during the day to focus on important tasks and projects? Talk to your household about how you can better respect each other’s schedules. Then be proactive about respecting the boundaries you have set.
Stay connected with co-workers. Many of our clients have commented that this is what they miss most about working remotely. Staying connected with your co-workers is a great way to stay productive from home. While working with co-workers virtually is different, there are a lot of ways to maintain those relationships. It just requires taking a little more initiative. For example, plan a weekly Zoom break with your team and get caught up on the latest news over coffee and snacks. Keep it short and positive and everyone will feel refreshed. You can also send a meaningful email with a video or article that made you think of them.
Boost your motivation. When working from home, it can be hard to always feel motivated. One way to boost your motivation is by decorating your home office. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive, but make sure that you actually like how it looks. If you like your home office space, you will want to spend time there. It can be as simple as rearranging the furniture or adding some pictures and a plant.