“Working remotely has now become the new normal as companies are warming to the idea that their staff can work remotely and still get the job done. This means they can cut costs on office rental and often costs too. But it is important to make sure that you maintain a good work life balance when working remotely. It can be easy to get swamped with work or put in an extra hour or so from home as you don’t have any commuting to do. But you should make sure that you take time for yourself and maintain a good balance between your work and home life. We have put together a guide to help.
Time Your Working Hours
It can be really easy to clock up additional hours when working from home as you spend an extra half an hour finishing things off, but this is one of the biggest problems. There’s no problem working an extra 10 minutes here and there, but working an extra half an hour a day will add 2 and a half hours to your working week, which can affect your home life. It can be easy to be run over your working time if your working hours are flexible and you are starting later in the day. Make sure that you time the hours you are putting in. Harvest is a great website to use that lets you track the hours you are working, if your company doesn’t use it already, it could be worth suggesting!
Take Up a Hobby
This might seem like a strange suggestion but it can actually help to have something to focus your time on after work. If you don’t have a hobby or have managed to watch everything available on Netflix, then it can be tempting to put in some extra hours and try and get yourself ahead of schedule. But if you take a hobby based on one of your interests then it gives you something to look forward to after work so that you don’t spend extra time on the job. Learn to play the guitar, work on your fitness or tackle a new language and you will have something to occupy your time when you have finished work. This can really help to improve your work life balance.
Stick to Proper Meal Times
If you skip meals like breakfast, then it can be easy to lose track of the hours and time you have spent working while at home. For this reason you should make sure that you set aside time for each meal during the day and give yourself a proper break at lunch. Skipping meals or eating at your desk to save time very rarely works and if you are still working until 5pm, then you could end up damaging your work life balance. Take proper breaks and why not try cooking something new so that you look forward to preparing dinner after work?
These are just some of the top tips that you should consider when working from home but there are plenty of other things you can do too. Making sure that you have a dedicated work space at home is another important factor. This way your work can be completely separate from your home and you can shut this off when you have finished for the day. If you are looking for new home office furniture, we have a great range of products online.”
By: Richard Edwards
Published: 21st September 2020