With most of the population now working and living entirely in their homes, we wanted to share our top tips on how to strike the perfect work life balance during these unprecedented times.
1. It can be easy to log on to your emails at 7am and still be answering them late into the evening and never is this more true than when there’s no clear divide between your work life and your home life.
Don’t work 15 hour days just because you can – especially if you wouldn’t dream of it in any other circumstances. If possible, work in a separate room for find a nook that you can leave once the day is over.
2. It’s likely that your daily routine looks a little different now you’re working from home. It can be easy to have a crisis of confidence if you’re not 100% productive all the time, but remember that in the office there are plenty of opportunities to socialise and have little breaks. Be patient with yourself, and try and measure your workload in achievements rather than in hours spent.
3. Remember that nook we mentioned? Leave your laptop in it at the end of the day. Turning off your computer and walking away will allow you to mentally distance yourself from your work day.
4. Getting out in the fresh air might be limited to your garden right now, but that means you should make the most of it! Take regular breaks from your work – working from home shouldn’t feel punishing – and sit for a few minutes in the sunshine.
Enjoy the breeze and the peace and quiet, and go back to your work feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
5. Now is not the time to deny yourself life’s simple pleasures. An extra half an hour in bed? Why not, you’ve not got a commute anymore. Takeaway for dinner? You’re supporting local business! Or why not take an online class during your lunch break – there are literally thousands of yoga and fitness classes running virtually during the outbreak, so why not try something new?
Reward your hard work and treat yourself compassionately in these difficult times – your mental and physical health will be glad of it.